Calling on his silent majority friends - seeing his unpopularity must have sent him into orbit.
Adding 4 hrs later
NEW YORK (Reuters) - A majority of Americans sympathize with nationwide protests over the death of an unarmed black man in police custody and disapprove of President Donald Trump’s response to the unrest, according to a Reuters/Ipsos poll released on Tuesday.
The survey conducted on Monday and Tuesday found 64% of American adults were “sympathetic to people who are out protesting right now,” while 27% said they were not and 9% were unsure.
More than 55% of Americans said they disapproved of Trump’s handling of the protests, including 40% who “strongly” disapproved, while just one-third said they approved - lower than his overall job approval of 39%, the poll showed.
A separate Reuters/Ipsos poll found that Biden’s lead over Trump among registered voters expanded to 10 percentage points - the biggest margin since the former vice president became his party’s presumptive nominee in early April.
Twice as many independent voters said they disapproved of Trump’s response to the unrest. Even among Republicans, only 67% said they approved of the way he had responded, significantly lower than the 82% who liked his overall job performance.
Majorities of both Republicans and Democrats said they supported peaceful protests but believed property damage undermined the demonstrators’ cause. Less than one quarter of Americans said violence was an appropriate response.
Texas only poll which is more of a purple state…T & Biden are extremely close 44 T to 43 Biden
June 3, 2020 - Biden Vs. Trump: Neck And Neck In Texas, Quinnipiac University Poll Finds; Nearly 6 In 10 Say Yes To Mail-In Ballots In November
President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are locked in a very tight race in Texas, with Trump receiving 44 percent of the vote and Biden receiving 43 percent in a general election matchup, according to a Quinnipiac (KWIN-uh-pea-ack) University poll released today. Democrats go for Biden 90 - 5 percent, independents do the same 45 - 36 percent, and Republicans go for Trump 87 - 6 percent.
Voters say 54 - 40 percent that Trump would do a better job handling the economy, but say 49 - 43 percent that Biden would do a better job handling health care. Voters are split on who would do a better job handling the response to the coronavirus, as 47 percent say Biden and 45 percent say Trump.
FAVORABILITY AND JOB APPROVAL RATINGS
In terms of how voters view the candidates, they give both Trump and Biden negative favorability ratings. 38 percent of voters view Biden favorably, while 45 percent view him unfavorably. That compares to a February 2019 survey when 48 percent viewed him favorably and 38 percent viewed him unfavorably. 42 percent of voters view Trump favorably, and 50 percent view him unfavorably. That compares to a February 2019 survey when 47 percent viewed him favorably and 49 percent viewed him unfavorably.
President Trump receives a 45 - 50 percent job approval rating, unchanged from September of 2019.
Governor Greg Abbott receives a 56 - 32 percent job approval rating, compared to 56 - 27 percent in September of 2019.
Senator Ted Cruz receives a 45 - 42 percent job approval rating, compared to 49 - 40 percent in September of 2019.
Senator John Cornyn receives a split 37 - 36 percent job approval rating, compared to 41 - 34 percent in September of 2019.
About six in ten voters (59%) in Texas say voters in the state should be allowed to vote by mail due to the coronavirus pandemic, while four in ten (40%) say they should not. There are wide partisan gaps, as Democrats 91 - 9 percent and independents 61 - 39 percent say “yes” to voting by mail, while Republicans 68 - 31 percent say “no” to voting by mail.
“‘Mail it in,’ say a majority of virus wary Texans, with Democrats far more willing to let the Post Office deliver their vote,” added Malloy.
Looking ahead to the presidential election in November, 60 percent say they would feel comfortable voting in person, while 38 percent say they would feel uncomfortable. Republicans 84 - 14 percent and independents 60 - 38 percent say they would feel comfortable. Democrats 67 - 31 percent say they would feel uncomfortable.
CORONAVIRUS RESPONSE & BUSINESSES REOPENING
On handling the response to the coronavirus:
- 47 percent of voters approve of President Trump’s handling, while 51 percent disapprove;
- 56 percent of voters approve of Governor Abbott’s handling, while 36 percent disapprove.
Voters were asked about the speed at which Governor Abbott is lifting restrictions on businesses that were put in place because of the coronavirus outbreak. 49 percent say he’s handling it “about right,” 38 percent say “too fast,” and 12 percent say “not quickly enough.”
More than one-third of Texas voters (35 percent) say they personally know someone who has been diagnosed with the coronavirus. Of the groups reported, the number is highest among black voters at 47 percent.
Over half of voters (51 percent) say they are either very or somewhat worried about becoming infected and seriously ill from the coronavirus. However, there are big gaps when it comes to the level of worry. 39 percent of Democrats are “very” worried, compared to 9 percent of Republicans and 16 percent of independents. 31 percent of black voters and 28 percent of Hispanic voters are “very” worried, compared to 13 percent of white voters.
Just under two-thirds of voters (65 percent) say people should be required to wear face masks inside businesses in Texas, while a smaller number (58 percent) say people in Texas should be required to wear face masks in public. At this time, roughly three-quarters of voters in Texas (76 percent) say they wear a mask when they are out in public.
CORONAVIRUS EXPECTATIONS & BACK TO SCHOOL
Nearly 7 in 10 voters (69 percent) say that it is either “very” or “somewhat” likely that there will be another wave of coronavirus infections that will cause businesses in Texas to close again.
Voters say it will be safe to send students to college in the fall 49 - 43 percent, though when it comes to younger students in elementary, middle, and high schools, 45 percent say it will be safe and 48 percent say it will be unsafe.
“It’s a number that hits home. Nearly half of Texans are thinking twice about putting their kids on the school bus,” added Malloy.
1,166 self-identified registered voters in Texas were surveyed from May 28 - June 1 with a margin of error of +/- 2.9 percentage points.
Biden formally clinches Democratic presidential nomination
The former vice president has effectively been his party’s leader since his last challenger in the Democratic primary, Bernie Sanders, ended his campaign in April. But Biden pulled together the 1,991 delegates needed to become the nominee after seven states and the District of Columbia held presidential primaries Tuesday.
This is a pretty scathing ad against T. Part Horror film.
No love lost from this group- Republicans against Trump.
Republican Voters Against Trump (@RVAT2020) tweeted at 1:12 PM on Fri, Jun 05, 2020:
It is 5 months until the elections, and glad there is some vocal opposition to T’s re-election, specifically from the Republicans. Some will state they won’t vote for T - like GW Bush and Sen. Murkowski. Others are being a bit more coy, but you can add up their negative comments and make an assumption that fewer R’s will be voting for him.
Former President George W. Bush won’t support the re-election of Mr. Trump, and Jeb Bush isn’t sure how he’ll vote, say people familiar with their thinking. Senator Mitt Romney of Utah won’t back Mr. Trump and is deliberating whether to again write in his wife, Ann, or cast another ballot this November. And Cindy McCain, the widow of Senator John McCain, is almost certain to support Mr. Biden but is unsure how public to be about it because one of her sons is eying a run for office.
None of them voted for Mr. Trump in 2016, but the reproach of big Republican names carries a different weight when an incumbent president and his shared agenda with Senate leaders are on the line.
Former Republican leaders like the former Speakers Paul D. Ryan and John A. Boehner won’t say how they will vote, and some Republicans who are already disinclined to support Mr. Trump are weighing whether to go beyond backing a third-party contender to openly endorse Mr. Biden. Retired military leaders, who have guarded their private political views, are increasingly voicing their unease about the president’s leadership but are unsure whether to embrace his opponent.
Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’s blistering criticism of Mr. Trump and the admission this week by Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska that she is “struggling” with whether to vote for the sitting president of her own party have intensified the soul-searching taking place, forcing a number of officials to reckon with an act that they have long avoided: stating out loud that Mr. Trump is unfit for office.
“This fall, it’s time for new leadership in this country — Republican, Democrat or independent,” said William H. McRaven, the retired Navy admiral who directed the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. “President Trump has shown he doesn’t have the qualities necessary to be a good commander in chief.”
Admiral McRaven, in an interview on the 76th anniversary of D-Day, noted that those wartime leaders inspired Americans with “their words, their actions and their humanity.”
In contrast, he said, Mr. Trump has failed his leadership test. “As we have struggled with the Covid pandemic and horrible acts of racism and injustice, this president has shown none of those qualities,” Admiral McRaven said. “The country needs to move forward without him at the helm.”
John Kelly, Mr. Trump’s former chief of staff and a retired Marine general, would not say whom he would vote for, though he did allow that he wished “we had some additional choices.”
Dan Coats, the former Republican senator who was Mr. Trump’s director of national intelligence, “has been concerned about the negative effect on the intelligence community by the turmoil of turnover at D.N.I.,” said Kevin Kellems, a longtime adviser to Mr. Coats, adding that the former spy chief is “encouraged by the confirmation of a new D.N.I. and career intelligence deputy.”
As for whom Mr. Coats will vote for, “ultimately he remains a loyal Republican but he believes the American people will decide on Nov. 3,” said Mr. Kellems.
Joseph Maguire, a retired three-star admiral who served as Mr. Trump’s acting intelligence chief, invoked the comments of Mr. Mattis and two former chairmen of the Joint Chiefs of Staff who also criticized the president this week.
“Jim Mattis, Mike Mullen and Marty Dempsey are all good friends, and I respect them tremendously,” Admiral Maguire said in an interview. “I am in alignment with their views.”
Asked who Mr. Boehner and Mr. Ryan will vote for in November, representatives to both former House speakers declined to say.
Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice, who both served as secretary of state under George W. Bush, have also so far declined to state their intentions.
A number of current G.O.P. lawmakers and governors are also wrestling with what to do — and what to say — as they balance conscience, ideology and the risk to themselves and their constituents that comes from confronting Mr. Trump.
Representative Francis Rooney of Florida has donated millions of dollars to Republican candidates over the years, served as President Bush’s ambassador to the Vatican and hasn’t voted for a Democrat in decades.
But Mr. Rooney said he is considering supporting Mr. Biden in part because Mr. Trump is “driving us all crazy” and his handling of the virus led to a death toll that “didn’t have to happen.”
Mr. Rooney is not seeking re-election, so is not worried about future electoral prospects. He said his hesitation with Mr. Biden owes to uncertainty about whether left-wing Democrats would pull the former vice president out of the political mainstream.
“What he’s always been is not scary,” said Mr. Rooney. “A lot of people that voted for President Trump did so because they did not like Hillary Clinton. I don’t see that happening with Joe Biden — how can you not like Joe Biden?”
Mr. Rooney has been gently lobbied by one of Mr. Biden’s closest allies in Congress: Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, who has effectively become the former vice president’s emissary to current and recent Republican lawmakers.
Mr. Coons said a number of G.O.P. senators, regardless of their public comments, would ultimately not pull the lever for Mr. Trump in the privacy of the ballot booth.
An ad with Ivanka showing her disingenuousness…
And T’s misleading the country.
Video within tweet
Joe Biden to Meet With George Floyd’s Family Ahead of Funeral
Joe Biden is popular
Ok…keep it going down.
A new CNN Poll conducted by SSRS finds Trump’s approval rating down 7 points in the last month as the President falls further behind presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden, whose support now stands at its highest level in CNN polling.
The survey also finds a growing majority of Americans feel racism is a big problem in the country today and that the criminal justice system in America favors whites over blacks. More than 8 in 10 also say that the peaceful protests that have spread throughout the nation following the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers are justified. Americans now consider race relations as important a campaign issue as the economy and health care, according to the survey.
Overall 38% approve of the way Trump is handling the presidency, while 57% disapprove. That’s his worst approval rating since January 2019, and roughly on par with approval ratings for Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush at this point in their reelection years. Both went on to lose the presidency after one term.
Biden will be bypassing what T 'n Co want him to say…“defund the police.”
Joe Biden does not support defunding the police, his campaign said Monday, rejecting efforts by President Donald Trump to paint the Democratic presidential nominee as a supporter of the demand of some protesters against police brutality.
“As his criminal justice proposal made clear months ago, Vice President Biden does not believe that police should be defunded,” spokesman Andrew Bates said in a statement. Biden has called for an additional $300 million for community policing as well as funding for body cameras to be worn by police.
The candidate supports “the urgent need for reform” of policing, as well as for additional funding in a range of areas including public schools and mental health and substance abuse treatment.
Activists who are calling for defunding police take a range of positions, including shifting money to programs to address economic and social ills that disproportionately affect people of color. The “defund the police” rallying cry evokes the idea of abolishing police, so Republicans have seized on it this week to attack Biden and other Democrats.
That language is a trap for Democrats. I support the cause but not the wording. Dems should workshop this, what’s wrong with calling it police reform? Sometimes the language that activist use is important to getting attention to the cause but doesn’t translate to language that can be used in a national campaign.
There absolutely should be social workers trained in responding to trauma making calls instead of state sponsored armed henchmen.
Malignantly Crazy” About Bad Poll Numbers, Trump Is Thinking of Replacing Jared Kushner | Vanity Fair
In Donald Trump ’s West Wing, being a member of the Trump family has historically been the ultimate job security. But that truism is being stress-tested after a run of polls consistently show Trump losing to Joe Biden at this stage of the race—a CNN poll this morning has him down 14 points. According to a source close to the White House, Trump has mulled taking oversight of the campaign away from his son-in-law Jared Kushner. “Trump is malignantly crazy about the bad poll numbers,” a former West Wing official said. “He’s going to broom Kushner and [Brad] Parscale —the numbers are not getting better,” a Republican close to the campaign said.
See the problem is not the reforms themselves, it’s the strong language, what a fine line to walk here. You’d want to echo the calls from the activists on the ground but sometimes Congress just can’t all use the same language and keep their seats. “Defund the police” is leaving our Congresspeople high and dry.
Windthin (David Bythewood) #800
Angry Trump Hires Famously Wrong Pollster to Call CNN Fake News
I am beginning to notice a bunch of MAGA ads for T doing a victory lap that run on shows that would typically have disdain for him - MSNBC for one.
- The Trump campaign has been running ads in the DC area largely in the hope of alleviating the president’s bad mood as he watches cable news, The Daily Beast reported.
- The outlet said that $400,000 with Fox, MSNBC, and CNN in the DC area, despite conventional wisdom that ad money is not well-spent in DC and should be directed to swing states.
- Trump has been visibly rattled in recent days by polls showing his ratings tanking in states key to his chances of reelection.
- He has also taken time out to attack ads by an anti-Trump PAC which were aired in DC specifically to get a rise out of him.
Tim Murtaugh, communication director for the Trump campaign, acknowledged in an email that the ads were meant for Trump allies rather than the general public, but stopped short of saying they were for the president personally.
In an email cited by the Beast, he said: "We want members of Congress and our DC-based surrogates to see the ads so they know our strong arguments for President Trump and against Joe Biden."
Huge issues with voting in 5 states today…drone footage shows lines.
Tweet from Ben Rhodes (former NSA with Obama)
This is not a democracy. It’s also the Republican strategy for November.
Some voting machines were not working as polls opened, and voters across Georgia reported long lines and widespread frustration. Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina and West Virginia are also voting today.
ATLANTA — Georgia election officials, poll workers and voters reported major trouble with voting in Atlanta and elsewhere on Tuesday as the state’s primaries got underway, most critically a series of problems with new voting machines that forced many people across the state to wait in long lines and cast provisional ballots.
Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms said on Twitter that voting machines were not working in many parts of the city. Poll workers in several locations were having difficulty operating the machines, which were new models.
“If you are in line, PLEASE do not allow your vote to be suppressed,” Ms. Bottoms wrote. “PLEASE stay in line.”
Nikema Williams, the chairwoman of the Democratic Party of Georgia, said she had 84 text messages reporting voting problems within 10 minutes of the polls opening at 7 a.m. Ms. Williams, who is a state senator from Atlanta, said that in some locations the voting machines did not work and in at least one other no machines ever arrived.
Windthin (David Bythewood) #803