Trump’s 2020 polls prove Democrats need to start planning for a Biden White House

Many years ago, George Mitchell, the Senate Democratic majority leader in the 1990s, told me, “The only people who believe the speeches of Republican senators are Democratic senators.”

I love my party. And I’m proud of what we stand for: equality, economic dignity, health care as a human right, among other things. But when it comes to practicing politics, the Democrats are a party ridden with crushing anxiety and self-doubt, even if the winds of fate are sailing entirely in our direction. Throughout the Trump era, I’ve seen us suffer time and again a terrible case of political amnesia.

The Democrats are a party ridden with crushing anxiety and self-doubt, even if the winds of fate are sailing entirely in our direction.

In 2016, Donald Trump got just over 46 percent of the vote, aided by Russia’s hacking and disinformation campaign, Jim Comey’s oh-so-necessary letter about Hillary Clinton’s email server and a tepid Democratic endorsement from Sen. Bernie Sanders. Yet even amid Clinton’s tornado of negative coverage, Trump lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million, winning the Electoral College by a freakish fraction of votes spread across three states. Since Trump was inaugurated, we’ve won governor’s races in all three of those states — Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. We elected the first Democratic senator from Arizona in decades, suburbs across the country have shifted against the president and in 2018, Democrats stormed to the majority in the House of Representatives by the largest voter margin in U.S. history.

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Now, it feels like the majority of people who believe Trump can win again in 2020 are Democrats, for better or for worse. And yet, Trump’s approval rating has never once peaked above 50 percent, even before Covid-19 — the only president to fail to reach that level since polls have measured presidential favorability. And now, because of his gross mishandling of the worst pandemic we’ve seen in a century, he has reduced his base support even further. As a result, I predict we will see a majority unite against him in a way not seen since Ronald Reagan’s 1980 presidential election. I have never been more certain of something in my life. So, quell your fears, bed-wetting Democrats: 2016 is not 2020.

And that means this election is not just about defeating Trump. We also need to think about what comes next. Once the votes are tallied, I think we’re going to see a welcome unification of groups once thought to be separate: young liberals, veterans, suburban women, voters of color and seniors who witnessed the darkest flashpoints of our country’s history.

Dating back to April, I have been publicly bullish of a Democratic victory. This is the most consistent race I’ve seen — consistently bad for the Republicans. And this week, a slew of polling from NBC/Wall Street Journal and CNN only confirm my long held belief. While the CNN

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Interior PS Kibicho warns politicians over hate speech as 2022 polls near: “We’ll crush you”

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Interior PS Kibicho warns politicians over hate speech as 2022 polls near: “We’ll crush you”

– Interior PS Karanja Kibicho said careless remarks made by politicians were raising political temperatures in the country

– Hate speech, he said, was likely to breed ethnic animosity and clashes if perpetrators were not identified and punished

– Kibicho revealed the government was drafting regulations that will help in identifying and punishing perpetrators of hate speech

– Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi and his Emurua Dikirr counterpart Johana Ng’eno have already been charged with hate speech

Interior Principal Secretary (PS) Karanja Kibicho has cautioned politicians against zoning the country into political enclaves and making derogatory remarks against colleagues and other communities.

Speaking in Kisii county on Wednesday, September 23, Kibicho warned that careless remarks by politicians risked escalating political tension and in the long run, may snowball into ethnic animosity if not nipped in the bud.

Kibicho revealed that as the country neared the 2022 General Election the government was working round the clock to develop regulations aimed at identifying and punishing perpetrators of hate speech.

“We are all aware that we are less than two years to the next general election. The recent remarks being made by politicians are showing that we are headed right where we were in 2007. We are not going to tolerate people who are causing disharmony in this country.

Those speaking recklessly should know that we have put them on notice…we are going to publish those protocols so that we know when we are about to cross the red line,” said Kibicho.

The PS further cautioned leaders who have been accused of hate speech or crime against inciting their supporters and communities against the state in a move to escape arrest.

Kibicho insisted that politicians with loose tounges were “not different from criminals” and as such, needed to be treated ruthlessly just like other lawbreakers.

“Whether you run to your tribe or under a political cover, we will not give you space to continue disturbing peace. I have been briefed that here in Kisii, there are some small gangs teaming up to cause political havoc. We will crush you. Don’t have any doubt. We will not let you become political thugs,” he stated.

Remarks by the PS came as Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi, who is accused of hate speech, was charged in a Nakuru court where he pleaded not guilty.

Earlier, Emurua Dirkirr MP Johana Ng’eno also found himself in the soup after he made remarks that were perceived as demeaning to the family of President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Ng’eno, who pleaded not guilty to hate speech, told President Uhuru Kenyatta to pack and leave if he was not ready to work with his deputy William Ruto.

His remarks were echoed by Sudi who also tore into the president claiming that he was persecuting the DP despite having helped him ascend to power in two general elections.

Kibicho visited Kisii to inspect a venue that will

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Polls, jobs look good for Trump

This week’s White House Report Card finds President Trump with his highest approval rating since before the coronavirus closed down the nation and clawing back in the race against Democrat Joe Biden.

On the plus side, the economy and employment continue to recover, just in time for the election. However, Trump’s promise of a virus vaccine was questioned by a top official, and the president was forced to deny a story in the Atlantic that he doesn’t respect the war dead.

Conservative grader Jed Babbin graded a B-, citing Trump’s law and order efforts and his trip to riot-ravaged Kenosha, Wisconsin. Democratic grader and pollster John Zogby noted Trump’s improving polling but graded a D-, citing the Atlantic story.

Jed Babbin
Grade B-

Trump had a pretty good week thanks to a good jobs report, his appearance in riot-torn Kenosha, and a big political gift he received from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Trump’s appearance in Kenosha was a point of emphasis in his increasingly law-and-order oriented campaign. He promised federal bucks for help to damaged businesses and caught Biden off-guard (which is increasingly easy to do). Biden went to Kenosha a few days later, without making any headway.

About 1.4 million jobs were added in August, bringing unemployment down below 10% for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The economy is still accelerating despite Democratic governors’ efforts to slow it down.

Pelosi’s hairdo, redone illicitly at an otherwise-closed San Francisco beauty parlor, was an absolutely perfect example of the “rules for thee but not for me” approach that liberal elites take to governing. They believe they’re above the law and the rules they impose on the hoi polloi. Pelosi’s haircut hypocrisy fits well with Biden’s promise to close the economy down again if the “experts” tell him to. (One such expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci, single-handedly brought about an 800-point dive in the stock market by speculating that a vaccine against the virus wouldn’t be ready before the election.) Biden evidently doesn’t care if America sinks into a depression because of unnecessary governmental action.

On the other hand, Trump again proved his own worst enemy. He suggested that people vote twice (once by mail and once in person) to ensure their votes count. But voting more than once is a serious crime. And the president ordered a cut in federal funding for “anarchist” cities such as Portland, Oregon, and Seattle. Come on, man. You can’t do that without congressional action, as the courts have already ruled against you.

Trump should know better, but he obviously doesn’t.

John Zogby
Grade D-

Trump did get a bump in the polls after the Republican National Convention. In a two-way race, he is losing to former Vice President Biden, 48%-42%, and in a four-way race, he is down 45%-42%.

Interestingly, he is showing some gains among voters over 65 and among black voters (20%). But he is still at 42%, which is well down from the percentage of votes he won in 2016.

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