Trump wager towards science, and voters are casting judgment
The extent to which the country’s deteriorating development has overtaken the final days of the election campaign underscores how the election has become a personal referendum on Trump and how he mistreated the worst internal crisis in decades.
The roots of his present troubles were laid down months ago.
“Trump is now responsible again. It’s not the doctors,” said first son-in-law and White House adviser, Kushner, in tapes of interviews with Bob Woodward that CNN received in April.
To win next Tuesday, the president must convince enough Americans to build a majority of the electoral college that his anti-Washington populist message, cultural issues, harsh law and order rhetoric, and alleged expertise in rebuilding the devastated Economy are more important than his botched decisions about a pandemic that is getting worse by the day.
The stock slump is another blow to Trump
While the coronavirus tightened its grip, the president tried to change the subject and took up violence in Philadelphia after another police fired to blame the Democrats for the looting.
Yet another major slump on Wall Street showed how the final narrative escaped his control. The Dow Jones Industrial Average, one of the president’s most popular measures of its own performance, was below more than 900 on Wednesday. Former top Department of Homeland Security official Miles Taylor emerged as the author of a 2018 scorching New York Times “Anonymous,” which castigated Trump’s leadership. And new polls showed little evidence that the president is doing the kind of late night run that helped his shock defeat Hillary Clinton four years ago. In a new national CNN poll, Biden came out on top, 12 points ahead of likely voters. Even a high single-digit win could give Biden a comfortable lead in the electoral college. Other swing state polls in Wisconsin and Michigan also had the Democrats in front of them.
The president insisted that he was “fantastic” on polls and in better shape than he was four years ago. Trump, however, appears to be facing a complicated scenario on the voting card that would require him to lead the table on a number of battlefields in the south and west before a final showdown with Biden in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania.
With more than 75 million votes cast – a third of registered voters – the chance for a late change of race is limited, even as the president tried to prop up his Far Western power base with rallies in Arizona, a state that could help Biden his Way to block 270 votes.
The new recordings of Kushner’s interviews with Woodward for his book “Rage” show in great detail how the president and his closest associates were marginalized government scholars earlier this year to fuel economic openings at all costs to aid his re-election efforts.
In an interview on April 18, the president’s son-in-law told the Washington Post veteran that Trump was “getting the land back from the doctors,” referring to public health officials as if they were opponents when he came across a “negotiated settlement.” spoke “to them.
Kushner, who did not have extensive government experience to match his heightened influence, said the US was quickly moving through the “panic” and “pain” phases and was at the “beginning of the comeback” phase, allowing it for a while Would give pain.
At the time of recording, more than 40,000 Americans had died from the virus. More than 227,000 people have now died, the death toll is rising and hospitals in many states are at risk of being overwhelmed.
But Trump told his crowd in Bullhead, Arizona – along with little masks as usual – that “people are getting better.”
“We will defeat the virus and emerge stronger than ever. Our country will be stronger than ever,” he claimed.
Biden warns against defeating the virus by not flicking a switch.
Unlike the president, who is responsible for curbing the recent surge in infections, Biden had a briefing from public health experts on Wednesday. He showed up to tell Americans that wearing masks was patriotic, not political, but warned that if he were elected president by “flicking a switch” he could not end the pandemic. And he drew on his own experiences with personal tragedies to comfort the bereaved of Covid-19 victims.
“I know all too well what it feels like to have your heart ripped out and lose a loved one too soon to be bedside and feel like there’s a black hole in the center of your chest” said Biden.
Health experts inside and outside the government made it clear that the state of the pandemic came closer to the status report presented by Biden than the president’s continued misjudgments.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergies and Infectious Diseases, said, “We are not in a good place,” predicting that even with a vaccine it would be “easy” by late 2021 or until the following year that Americans experience anyone Degree of normality. Dr. Scott Gottlieb, a former head of the US Food and Drug Administration, said the US is on track to be “very similar” to Europe’s current surge by early November.
Trump has argued with some justification over the past few days that European countries that have been praised for doing a better job than fighting the virus are now experiencing a terrible escalation in infections. France imposed a new ban from Thursday.
By dealing aggressively with the virus, these countries were able to give their populations some rest in the summer and save thousands of lives. Trump’s drive for state openings sparked a viral spike in the sun belt that summer, and the U.S. never returned to lower infection rates across the Atlantic.
Several Trump aides attempted to defend Trump’s handling of the virus on Wednesday, but only served to expose his negligence. Campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley told CNN’s New Day that “we are moving in the right direction” after a White House document Trump boasted ended the pandemic. And White House communications director Alyssa Farah admitted the wording was poor but said the US was “around the corner.”
The White House attacks “anonymously”
The White House went on the offensive Wednesday after Taylor, who served as chief of staff for then Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, announced that he had written the 2018 New York Times and a critical book on Trump. (He was Nielsen’s assistant chief of staff when the comment was released.)
“Issuing my criticism without attribution forced the president to answer directly or not at all rather than being distracted by minor insults and names,” Taylor, now a CNN contributor, wrote in a statement. “I wanted attention to be drawn to the arguments themselves.”
In the statement, Taylor Trump hit for “amorality”, “reckless decisions” and “unpredictable behavior” – and he started a White House hunt for his identity.
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany released a statement blowing up Taylor as a “lowly disgruntled former employee” and as a “liar and coward who anonymity to action and leadership over leadership”.
In many ways, the president’s decision to ignore the impact of sideline scientists in favor of minimizing the pandemic and focusing on his own electoral prospects confirms Taylor’s criticism.