Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) adjourned the Senate on Thursday for an August recess.
Despite the lack of a coronavirus stimulus deal, the Senate is not scheduled to meet for a regular session until September 8th — which is 26 days from now.
But a new Fox News poll demonstrates how much Americans are seeking additional help from the government during the economic catastrophe.
“The poll asks voters to choose one of two messages to send to the federal government right now — ‘lend me a hand’ or ‘leave me alone.’ A majority of 57 percent says they would ask Washington to ‘lend me a hand.’ Last year, just 34 percent asked for a hand-up (February 2019). The previous high was 44 percent in 2011, after the financial crisis,” Fox News reported.
“At the same time, the number saying they would tell the government to ‘leave me alone’ dropped 19 points, from 55 percent to 36 percent,” Fox noted.
The dramatic shift in the role of government was not the only bad news for Republicans in the Fox News poll. Here’s what people were noting about the results:
As Trump attacks Biden’s call to mandate masks, Fox News poll finds an overwhelming majority – 74% – favor “requiring everyone in the United States to wear a face mask when they are outside of their home,” versus 21% opposed. https://t.co/ykiis6ulEq
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) August 13, 2020
11% of American voters say they are "very satisfied with the way things are going in the country today" via new Fox News poll.
— Ryan Struyk (@ryanstruyk) August 13, 2020
Fox News poll – Reaction to Coronavirus pic.twitter.com/4IJSuWZJ8i
— Andreas (@MrSurf1991) August 13, 2020
In Fox News poll, 73% of Biden supporters say they're *extremely* comitted to voting for him, compared to 66% of Trump's.
(That's enough doors left open on either side for either candidate — but since we keep hearing about that "enthusiasm gap…")
— Taniel (@Taniel) August 13, 2020
From today's Fox News poll. Trump continues to have really high "Strongly Unfavorable" numbers (upper 40s!) whereas Biden a new positive favorability. pic.twitter.com/MMRbwRVoe1
— Edgar Reed (@ReedForecasts) August 13, 2020
Kamala Harris is more popular than Mike Pence in a new Fox News poll! https://t.co/sZdCTP4qab
— John Aravosis 🇺🇸🇬🇷🏳️🌈 (@aravosis) August 13, 2020
Right-wing Facebook pages are spreading a fake Kamala Harris quote — that actually came from Trump
Several right-wing Facebook pages have been spreading a quote that supposedly comes from Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, but which actually came from President Donald Trump.
According to FactCheck.org, the Facebook pages have been pairing Harris's image with a quote that reads, "Take the guns first, go through due process second -- I like taking the guns early."
In fact, the quote came from Trump after the mass shooting that left 17 people dead at a high school in Parkland, Florida in 2018.
NBC News correspondent: We’ve seen Trump when he wants to denounce something — this isn’t it
The contentious press briefing with the White House's Kayleigh McEnany Thursday spawned many questions about why President Donald Trump resists an emphatic denouncing of white supremacy.
McEnany claimed that in the past Trump has denounced racism, reading off a series of quotes from the president. But in many cases, Trump has refused to denounce white supremacists and the armed militia groups because they overwhelmingly support him.
Trump blew his big chance — and now the next two debates really won’t matter
Donald Trump went into the first debate with a gargantuan challenge: He had to do something that turned around his sagging poll numbers to bring in voters, some of whom he lost to Joe Biden and desperately needs.
Joe Biden’s challenge was simply surviving the onslaught, in tact. He more than achieved that while Trump more than failed at his challenge. Trump alienated everyone with his ugly interruptions and meltdowns — even though most of his own supporters will vote for him nonetheless.