Don't let Trump distract us from the real threat of his presidency | TheHill

Don't let Trump distract us from the real threat of his presidency | TheHill

President Trump’s tweet this week suggesting that the November election should be delayed revealed two things: 1) that Trump is worried that Americans disapprove of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic; and 2) that the Trump administration may try to make mail-in ballots as hard as possible for voters to use securely. On the first point, Trump has a habit of floating ridiculous and disturbing ideas to distract the media and public away from whatever crisis he’s gotten the country in most recently. Just this week, Trump presided over the tragic milestone of 150,000 American deaths from COVID-19, a historic contraction of the U.S. economy during the second quarter and a news conference in which he continued to deliver falsehoods about COVID-19, suggesting that young people are “almost immune” from this disease. (They are not.) Trump’s standing in the polls continues to plummet. He trails presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden anywhere from 7 to 15 points nationally and, more importantly, is down in several key states that he won in 2016. When Trump is in a bind, his instinct is to distract. He knows that no matter how crazy he sounds, his actions, words and tweets will be covered by the national media because he is the commander in chief. As such, he will throw out the most ridiculous notions that will assuredly get attention, which means that for a moment or a news cycle, the focus will be diverted away from his incompetence in the face of a ...
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