Thursday, April 9, 2020
COVID-19 Being Used By Media as A Bludgeon against Trump
THE BACKHOE CHRONICLES - Peter Feaman
Let's get back to political basics...
It wasn’t hard to predict what the media would do with COVID-19. In no time at all, it was transformed from a foreign virus into a bludgeon against President Donald Trump.
It’s what the media has done with every event since Trump came down the escalator in 2015. True to form, the media has simply continued doing what comes naturally: blaming Trump.
At this point, people who are wise to the media’s dishonest games know to expect this type of politicized spin — the question now is whether or not the spin is working.
In the span of one month, the landscape of the 2020 presidential election has drastically changed. Trump’s campaign position went from one of a thriving economy and packed rallies to one of financial devastation and oppressive social distancing.
Despite the blatantly biased media coverage, can his re-election campaign survive this?
According to a March Washington Post-ABC News poll, it can.
“Trump has moved from what was a seven-point deficit in February to a near tie with Biden today,” the Washington Post reported. Among registered voters, Trump is favored by 47 percent, just two points behind Biden’s 49 percent.
With the massive scale of the COVID-19 response and the unprecedented disruption of American lives, it would not be implausible to think this pandemic might be the issue that finally gave the media some headway against Trump. However, that does not seem to be happening.
While Trump and Biden were neck-in-neck in overall popularity, Trump took the lead on issue-specific questions, including his response to the pandemic.
52% of those polled trust Trump more when it comes to handling the economy, while 42 % trust Biden more. On the specific question of trust when it comes to handling the coronavirus outbreak, 47% trusted Trump more compared to 43% trusting Biden more.
The poll also had hopeful news for the Trump campaign when it comes to voter enthusiasm.
Fifty-five percent of registered voters who support Trump were very enthusiastic about backing him in November, and 31 percent were somewhat enthusiastic. For registered voters supporting Biden, just 28 percent were very enthusiastic, while 46 percent were somewhat enthusiastic.
The mainstream media have never understood Trump or the connection he has with his supporters. As Rush Limbaugh has said throughout Trump’s presidency, the media did not create the connection between Trump and his voters and it cannot break it.
Peter Feaman, RPOF National Committeeman