Donald Trump admitted Friday that his opponent Joe Biden may be elected president in November.
Speaking on Fox News during a town hall hosted by Sean Hannity, Trump, 74, first attacked Biden, 77, saying that the former vice president "can’t put two sentences together."
"I don’t want to be nice or un-nice, okay? But I mean, the man can’t speak," Trump said, falling back on one of his repeated critiques of Biden. "And he's going to be your president 'cause some people don't love me, maybe, and you know, all I'm doing is doing my job."
Trump's disapproval hit a high this week, according to a new poll from NPR, PBS Newshour and Marist that shows his approval at 40 percent overall and a 58 percent disapproval rating.
The poll also found that 49 percent of voters "strongly disapprove" of "the job Trump is doing."
Trump's comments about Biden come one day after the Democratic candidate called him a "child" for the way he has been handling the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic at a campaign event in Pennsylvania.
The president is "like a child who can’t believe this has happened to him — all his whining and self-pity," Biden said, ABC News reported. "Well, this pandemic didn’t happen to him. It happened to all of us. And his job isn’t to whine about it. His job is to do something about it. To lead."
Last week, Trump claimed that COVID-19 is "fading away," even without a vaccine — though positive cases of the virus continue to rise in many states across the U.S.
President Donald Trump and his campaign are digging in for the long haul.
Faced with a bleak electoral outlook (right now), the Trump campaign is investing big-time in advertising in key states this fall.
The Trump campaign has reserved $69 million in television ads beginning in September through Election Day in six states: Arizona, Florida, Ohio, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
Note that these are key swing states -- and Democratic candidate former Vice President Joe Biden happens to have clear leads in Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, plus leads within the margin of error in Ohio and North Carolina. Trump also won all of these states in 2016.
The ad spend is sizable, but let's not forget the Trump campaign has spent the last three years aggressively fundraising. With such a big war chest, it's not difficult for the "Death Star" to make that kind of investment.
Here's another important detail, courtesy of CNN's Michael Warren and David Wright: In June alone, the Trump campaign spent more than $14 million in seven states Trump won in 2016. According to data compiled by Kantar Media/CMAG, the President's campaign doubled what it had already spent this year on TV and digital ads in Arizona, Florida, Georgia and North Carolina. It has also increased spending in three more Trump states: Iowa, Ohio and Texas.
Compare that to Biden, whose fundraising has picked up but hasn't dropped the kind of advertising cash as the Trump campaign (yet). Biden's campaign has spent nearly $4 million on ads across those same seven states Trump won in 2016 -- including more than $2 million in Florida and $500,000 each in Arizona, Texas and North Carolina since the beginning of June.
Their standard-bearer builds a sizable lead in the race for president against Donald Trump. Everything seems pointed in their direction. Pundits start talking about a Democratic victory like it’s inevitable.
Then it doesn’t happen.
Still licking their wounds four years after Hillary Clinton’s stinging loss, Democrats are grappling with heightened expectations that didn’t seem possible at the start of the year. Presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden cruised to a double-digit lead nationally weeks ago, and has stayed there, as President Trump takes a pounding over his handling of the coronavirus crisis, high unemployment and the fallout from nationwide protests over police brutality.
Not only does Biden lead polls in every battleground state – a wider command than Clinton ever had – the former vice president is either ahead or competitive in states that the GOP must carry, including Texas, Georgia, Iowa, Ohio and Missouri. Once improbable, Democrats also have a path to take control of the Senate.
On one hand, Democrats are gushing about their prospects: A chance for a sweeping victory, not just eking out a win, to deliver a clear repudiation of the Trump era and unseat Mitch McConnell as Senate Majority Leader.
But they’re not able to shake off their painful memories of 2016, when many Democrats falsely assumed that the Republican Party’s nomination of a reality TV show host with no elected office experience would ensure a Clinton victory in November.
"That memory can't be erased," said Luis Heredia, executive director of the Arizona Education Association, the state's teachers union, and a Democratic National Committee member. He recalled watching swing states like Pennsylvania and Michigan quickly collapse for Democrats on election night. “That memory is still very fresh, especially for me.”
Donald Trump’s campaign once spoke of expanding his electoral map into blue-leaning territory like Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico and New Hampshire.
Now, winning at least a handful of those states has become a matter of survival.
States that top campaign officials had said they had the luxury of pursuing are no longer considered add-ons to the president’s electoral vote tally but backstops to keep him afloat, according to multiple people close to or involved with his reelection operation.
The most telling sign of Trump’s defensive posture is his recent mammoth TV ad buys. The campaign is spending big to retain states he won in 2016 and to shore up support in places a Republican should already dominate, like Georgia or Florida’s Panhandle.
Publicly, the Trump campaign asserts the candidate is still competitive in each of the 30 states he carried in 2016. It says presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden faces an enthusiasm deficit among his party’s likeliest voters and that public polling — much of which has shown the president trailing far behind Biden nationally, and more narrowly in battleground states — does not jibe with their own internal numbers.
“President Trump plans on winning every state that he did in 2016, plus picking up others. We’re in a great position to be on offense and would rather be in our shoes than in Joe Biden’s,” said senior adviser Jason Miller.
But privately, campaign aides, senior administration officials and GOP donors have begun to acknowledge what they call a more plausible scenario: a pair of losses in the Rust Belt, most likely Michigan and Wisconsin. That would mean the president has to win some proven Trump-averse states to crack the 270-vote threshold needed to clinch a second term.
Gone are the days of forecasting a landslide victory, said one person close to the Trump campaign. The president’s team is now recasting its expectations to identify not where Trump can win more, but how he can lose less.
“We don’t need 306. We just need 270. We can lose Michigan and lose Pennsylvania and still win,” said a top Trump adviser, noting that a win in New Hampshire, combined with one in Nevada or New Mexico, would provide enough Electoral College support to prevent defeat even if Biden wins big in the industrial Midwest.
That strategy accounts for a base of 260 electoral votes, a sum of every state Trump carried four years ago minus Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, which total a combined 46 Electoral College votes. To ensure its effectiveness, the campaign has recently moved to shore up its base states, including North Carolina, Georgia, Arizona and Iowa. The president’s standing among independents and seniors has eroded in those places amid his handling of the coronavirus pandemic, the economic slowdown and unrest spurred by the killing of George Floyd.
Donald Trump Jr appears to have forgotten one of the cardinal rules of the apostrophe: it comes after the “s” when the possessive noun is plural.
The American president’s son’s forthcoming book, Liberal Privilege, is subtitled “Joe Biden and the Democrat’s Defense of the Indefensible”. Unless Trump Jr is referring to only one Democrat, then the apostrophe needs to shift one place to the right to make the title grammatically correct.
The book is out in August. Trump Jr said on Twitter that he had been working on it “during the last few months of quarantine”, and that he was “blown away by what Biden has gotten away with”.
“Libs,” he added, are “already triggered” by the book.
But Trump Jr was careful to share only a small portion of the book’s cover on Twitter, after Axios broke the news about the title, and he was mocked for the grammar error. His previous book, Triggered, was a New York Times No 1 bestseller, but sales were reported to have been boosted by bulk orders from the Republican National Committee.
According to Axios, Trump Jr is self-publishing the new book as “a shot across the bow” to traditional publishers, and “partnered” on it with the Trump Victory Finance Committee’s chief of staff, Sergio Gor.
His girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, an ex-Fox News television personality who is a senior fundraiser for Donald Trump’s re-election campaign, will read the audiobook, and also helped him work on it. Guilfoyle tested positive for the coronavirus last week.
“That’s how we came up with the idea for her to do the audiobook,” Trump Jr told Axios. “We would take turns reading the chapters out loud for flow ... Love in a time of Covid.”
Biden’s national press secretary, TJ Ducklo, told Axios that Liberal Privilege was “the latest in a series of desperate and pathetic attempts to distract from the president’s historic bungling of the coronavirus response”.
“Is there anything more on brand than Donald Trump Jr trying to cash in on a book filled with disgusting lies and smears about Joe Biden?” Ducklo added.