Trump continues to lose the suburbs

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Trump is losing the sprawl vote as he doubles down on empty threats, demanding schools reopen even as he has little actual authority. There is slippage even as Trump ads threaten the loss of police, since most people understand that police do need to change how they operate, even in the age of “Karens”.

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— Josh Kraushaar (@HotlineJosh) July 8, 2020

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— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 8, 2020

The pandemic has been challenging for many parents trying to adjust to working at home while educating their children. But the president’s eagerness to send students back to school as soon as possible seems more rooted in his desire to give the impression that the pandemic is under control as opposed to data supporting that things are actually improving. That could hurt him with suburban voters — and particularly the women and mothers who supported him in the past.

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Among the Americans who feel uncomfortable with Trump’s position on racial issues are suburban voters — and that can have real ramifications for November. Marc Thiessen, a fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, a right-leaning think tank, and the former chief speechwriter for President George W. Bush, wrote in The Washington Post last week:

In the wake of recent racial unrest, Biden, the presumptive Democratic nominee, has opened a commanding 25-point lead over Trump in the suburbs. Two-thirds of Americans say the president has made racial tensions worse since the killing of Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25. Trump’s uncompromising rhetoric and retweets are driving away swing voters who don’t want to be associated with a senior citizen shouting “white power!”

The latest NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist poll shows the president receiving about a third of the suburban vote — a significant decline from the nearly 50 percent of support he received in 2016. With several months left before the election, that number could drop more, and perhaps is likely to if Trump continues to address these issues in the same way. And all indicators suggest that he will. The president’s campaign has been particularly vocal about his desire to turn out his base with the hope of being victorious in the fall, but it will be very difficult for him to win the election if he continues to take stances on issues that suburban voters oppose.



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— Andrew Wortman (@AmoneyResists) July 8, 2020

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— MonmouthPoll (@MonmouthPoll) July 8, 2020

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— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@duty2warn) July 2, 2020

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— Yamiche Alcindor (@Yamiche) July 8, 2020

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— Newsweek (@Newsweek) July 8, 2020

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— Laura Rozen (@lrozen) July 8, 2020

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