Polls have consistently shown that Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden is doing vastly better with senior voters than Hillary Clinton did in 2016, and President Donald Trump’s handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic is a big reason why.
In interviews with ABC News, senior voters in Florida and North Carolina gave a blistering assessment of Trump’s performance on COVID-19, which they said had made them switch their allegiances to Biden this year.
72-year-old Marcelo Montesinos of West Palm Beach, Florida, for instance, told ABC News that he might still support Trump were it not for how he’s talked about the coronavirus.
“He knew everything all the way back in February and he didn’t take the precautions… he didn’t believe in science,” he said. “He doesn’t believe in doctors. He always tries to blame somebody else, like a little kid.”
Cindy Cook, an independent voter in North Carolina, told ABC News that she liked the way Trump had handled the economy, but she couldn’t get over how poorly he’d treated Dr. Anthony Fauci.
“I have trouble respecting President Trump,” she said. “He takes advantage of people — Fauci is one of them.”
And 74-year-old Raleigh resident Dianne Wilkes told ABC News that the president’s bizarre statements about the disease, which have included musings about curing it by injecting disinfectants, made her decide to support Biden.
“What he says about COVID-19 and the ludicrous remarks that are not scientifically-based,” she continued. “I think he shot himself in the foot.”
And a man named Al, who only wished to be identified by his first name, told ABC that he backed Trump in 2016 but has been turned off by his serial dishonesty about COVID-19.
“I believe Fauci,” he said. “I don’t believe anything Trump says unless somebody of substantial means can verify it. Because he just lies all the time.”
US lawmakers renew stimulus push as focus shifts to Biden
President-elect Joe Biden will present his economic team on Tuesday, as a bipartisan group of senators make a renewed push for another stimulus package to help the faltering US economy.
With Covid-19 cases spiking, the world's largest economy faces an uncertain outlook that Biden and his economic team led by nominee for Treasury secretary Janet Yellen will have to work to remedy.The diverse group, with women and minorities in key roles, will face millions in jobs losses and a rising wave of small businesses shutting their doors and major corporations laying off their workers.
Outgoing Treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin agrees on the need for more federal help for workers left jobless and business battered by the pandemic.
‘Conjecture and musings’: Dem senator tears into Trump ‘election fraud’ witness at Michigan hearing
Michigan state Sen. Jeff Irwin (D) blasted former state Sen. Patrick Colbeck (R) at an election fraud hearing on Tuesday.
At a state Senate Oversight Committee hearing, Colbeck suggested that there was a plot to use voting machines to steal the election from President Donald Trump.
For his part, Irwin noted that Trump had not requested a recount in Michigan.
"If you were on the losing end, much like, say, President Trump or candidate John James, would you have requested a recount?" the Democratic lawmaker asked.
"I've doubts with the integrity of the recount process," Colbeck replied. "So, I probably would not have done that."
Dem senator shames Steve Mnuchin to his face: ‘You’re leaving the country worse than you found it’
Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) on Tuesday shamed Trump Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin for his decision to not extend the Federal Reserve's emergency lending facilities that were designed to keep the economy afloat during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Brown started off by giving Mnuchin a blunt assessment of the state of the economy that he will be handing off to his successor.
"Last week, 778,000 people filed for unemployment insurance," he said. "In October, 3.4 million homeowners were past due when their mortgages, many of them will run out of forbearance options by April. As many as 40 million renters will spend the holidays worrying that they will be evicted on January 1st if their government, if we don't do our job."