Trump’s Whistle Stop Tour

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from the American Spectator:

Trump Hits Campaign Trail As Biden Hits Skids

The Democratic Party’s leadership and the Biden presidential campaign have once again underestimated the President and his reelection team. They assumed that, deprived of his trademark stadium rallies by coronavirus concerns, Trump would be unable to connect with the electorate and consequently fail to overcome the former Vice President’s purported lead. But a Republican National Convention whose tone was so much more positive and technically professional than its querulous and clumsy DNC counterpart, combined with Trump’s eminently presidential acceptance speech, is already eroding Biden’s poll numbers. Several major surveys released after the GOP convention show the President closing the gap as his campaign adapts to political realities imposed by the pandemic.

A new Morning Consult poll indicates that Biden’s lead among likely voters shrank from 52-42 just before the GOP convention to 50-44 immediately following the event. The poll also found that Biden’s favorability rating weakened and that Trump made inroads among suburbanites, reducing Biden’s lead among those crucial voters from 54-40 to 50-42. [I don’t believe these numbers for a second] This constitutes a stark difference to the “dead cat bounce” Biden received from the Democratic National Convention which failed to move the needle in any of the major polls. Likewise, a new Yahoo/YouGov poll shows Biden’s lead among registered voters has decreased from 49-40 to 47-41. Even more ominously for the Biden campaign is his rapidly shrinking lead in the RealClearPolitics average of key battleground states. As of this writing, that gap has closed to a mere 2.7 points and Trump clearly has the momentum.

All of this, mind you, is before the President plays his … well … Trump card. Unlike Biden, he has nothing to fear from live appearances. In fact, Trump is famously energized by them. Consequently, he is embarking on a 21st century adaptation of the “whistle stop tour.” As the Hill reports, these events will more closely resemble his recent speech in New Hampshire, where he stepped off Air Force One onto a nearby stage and a cheering crowd of supporters waving signs that read “This is a Peaceful Protest” to highlight the hypocrisy of Democrats who criticize Trump rallies based on the claim that they spread COVID-19 yet refuse to apply the same standard to mass protests ostensibly prompted by racial injustice. Biden has made the following claim: “Look what happened with his events. People die, people get together, they don’t wear masks, they end up getting COVID.”

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