According to a strategy paper compiled by former President Bill Clinton’s highly regarded political director, Donald Trump has an uphill battle to stay in the Oval Office after the coronavirus pandemic and associated fall-out upended his campaign’s re-election plans.
As reported by Axios, Doug Sosnik, “whose ‘big thinks’ are eagerly awaited by political insiders and activists alike” has surveyed the 2020 election landscape as does not see any upside for the president despite his ability to fire up his rabid base.
As Sosnik sees it, voters will be turning out in November for what he calls the “coronavirus election” which will be a referendum on the president’s response to the pandemic that may still be ongoing and has already led to close to over 70,000 America deaths.
Noting that country is already deeply divided along partisan lines, Sosnik said “Trump’s campaign will try mightily to make the election about a choice between him and Joe Biden. But given the political landscape, it will likely come down to a referendum on Trump’s presidency.”
Sosnik explains that there are three factors that are working against Trump’s favor: ” 1) Sen. Bernie Sanders, the presumed nominee in back then, won’t be his opponent … 2) Trump’s failure to prepare for and manage the pandemic … 3) The resulting economic crater.”
Add to that, Trump is faltering badly in the key battleground states of Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
“Early polls of registered voters in those states show Biden performing very well against Trump,” the report states. “Midwestern states, Michigan and Pennsylvania in particular, have been really hard hit by the crisis.”
“Given the critical role that Trump’s job approval and the economy will play, there’s a real question whether the campaign will affect the arc of the race in a significant way,” Axios reports Sosnik explains, “Past presidential re-election campaign outcomes, and extensive academic research, suggest that the answer is not much.”
In summary, the political analyst concluded, “Trump based his entire presidency on appealing to his base, focusing on the strength of the economy — which has now collapsed.”
You can read more here including the complete document with supporting graphs.
Android phones to get ‘ShakeAlert’ earthquake warnings — and phones may double as tremor detectors
Android phones will receive warnings triggered by a "ShakeAlert" earthquake early-warning system implemented on the West Coast by the US Geological Survey and partners.
ShakeAlert uses signals from hundreds of seismometers across the state to trigger warning messages that "an earthquake has begun and shaking is imminent," according to the system's website.
"We saw an opportunity to use Android to provide people with timely, helpful earthquake information when they search, as well as a few seconds warning to get themselves and their loved ones to safety if needed," principal software engineer Marc Stogaitis said in a blog post.
‘Don’t talk about racism, racist’: Trump scorched after claiming Biden-Harris campaign has a ‘racism problem’
President Donald Trump continued to lash out at Kamala Harris after the California Democrat was chosen to join the 2020 Democratic Party ticket as presumptive nominee Joe Biden's running mate.
At a news conference following the selection, Trump complained about Harris being "nasty."
After 10 p.m. on Monday, Trump tweeted out an attack ad claiming "Joe Biden has a racism problem."
Here's some of what people were saying about Trump's line of attack:
Trump can’t attack Kamala Harris without contradicting his own message: Bakari Sellers
On Tuesday's edition of CNN's "Anderson Cooper 360," former South Carolina lawmaker Bakari Sellers broke down why Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) poses such a challenge for President Donald Trump.
"What we're seeing with the two parties is the narrow focus is going to be on the fact that Donald Trump and the Trump campaign have no way, and they do not know how to deal, with Kamala Harris," said Sellers. "It very difficult to say 'Kamala is a cop' and be a 'law and order president.' Those two things simply do not mesh. Not only ahistorical and inaccurate, but the messages, they collide."
"But second, it shows that the Republican Party and Democratic Party are going in two vastly different directions," continued Sellers. "The country is becoming more diverse, the country is becoming more brown. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris represent the demographics of what the country will be, and Donald Trump and Steven Miller and Mike Pence represent a day that's passed. So what I would say tonight is while Donald Trump and Mike Pence want to cheer on the Confederacy, we're trying to re-imagine what this country will look like. It goes back to a time where Americans can feel good about being first and about thinking about what our country can be: full of hope and faith."