A panel discussion on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” about the explosion of COVID-19 infections in Florida ended when host Mika Brzezinski said the rising tide of victims — particularly among the elderly — could be the tipping point that seals Donald Trump’s electoral defeat in November.
Criticizing the president for wanting to go forward with the Republican National Convention in Jacksonville, the MSNBC host warned the president that he is still not taking the pandemic seriously and it will like cost him Florida where, polling shows, he already trails Vice President Joe Biden.
“There’s a lot of fear about the schools opening,” the host explained. “I think, you know, if someone was advising the president and wanted to try and instill in him understanding why they may want to do more intense mitigation in Florida, talk to him about it from a political point of view.”
“Florida has a lot of seniors, a lot of cases will mean a lot of deaths and a lot of those deaths could be seniors who are scared they would get the coronavirus and die,” she elaborated. “If you look at the latest poll, Joe Biden is up 6 percent in Florida. As [the late] Tim Russert said, ‘Florida, Florida, Florida — can’t win without Florida.’ And according to the CBS News/ YouGov poll, Donald Trump is losing in Florida.”
“His response to the pandemic really seems to be playing out here in these polls,” she added before cautioning, “It might be good for the president politically to step up on fighting the pandemic.”
‘One whopper after another’: CNN’s Acosta tears into Trump for lying the Postal Service can’t deliver enough ballots
On Monday's edition of CNN's "The Situation Room," chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta slammed President Donald Trump's litany of lies about mail-in voting at the day's coronavirus press briefing.
"Right at the end of that press conference, the president was just telling one whopper after another about mail-in voting, at one point saying that he doesn't believe that the U.S. Postal Service has the ability to deal with mail-in balloting at election time," said Acosta. "We just need to point out, the U.S. Postal Service put out a statement late this afternoon that says, 'the Postal Service has ample capacity to adjust our nationwide processing and delivery network to meet projected election and political mail volume, including any additional volume that may result as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.'"
Trump’s strategy isn’t working in Pennsylvania — a state the president can’t afford to lose: report
Pennsylvania, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio are the four states that GOP strategists have been describing as President Donald Trump’s “Rust Belt firewall” — states that went to President Barack Obama in both 2008 and 2012 but favored Trump over Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016. But that “firewall” has not been holding up for the president. Trump’s reelection campaign has "temporarily" suspended its advertising in Michigan, although it continues to advertise in the other three — all of which are clearly in play for former Vice President Joe Biden, the presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee. And Philadelphia-based reporter Holly Otterbein, in an article published in Politico on August 2, stresses that so far, Trump’s attacks on Biden have not been resonating in Pennsylvania.
A 2020 ‘Blue Wave’ could badly cripple the Republican Party for years: Dem strategist
In a column for New York magazine, Democratic strategist Ed Kilgore claimed that a "Blue Wave" election in 2020, like the one that switched the balance of power in the House to the Democrats, could have a far-reaching impact on congressional representation in elections to come.
In 2018, distaste for Donald Trump -- who was not on the ballot -- led voters to take out their wrath on Republican lawmakers, handing Democrats a net gain of 40 seats in the House and making Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) the House Speaker.