The Campaign Report – Trump Approval Keeps Dropping

A new American Research Group poll finds President Trump’s approval at a record low 36% to 60%.

A new Cardinal Point Analytics poll in North Carolina finds Cal Cunningham (D) leading Sen. Thom Tillis (R) by three points, 47% to 44%.

In the presidential race, Donald Trump edges Joe Biden by one point, 49% to 48%.

Joe Biden slammed President Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic in a MSNBC interview, claiming that the president has “raised the white flag.”

Said Biden: “I think he’s right, no country has ever done what he’s done — walk away. There is no leadership here.”

He added: “He raised the white flag. He has no idea what to do. It’s zero. It’s only one thing he has in mind — how does he win reelection? And it doesn’t matter how many people get COVID and or die from COVID because he fears that if the economy is strapped as badly as it is today that, in fact, he is going to be in trouble.”

A rising number of Americans — now nearly one in three — don’t believe the virus’ death toll is as high as the official count, despite surging new infections and hospitalizations, per this week’s Axios-Ipsos Coronavirus Index.

Key takeaway: “Republicans, Fox News watchers and people who say they have no main source of news are driving this trend.”

“Joe Biden plans to roll out a $775 billion proposal aimed at easing the burden on families struggling to care for their children and elderly relatives under the financial strain of the coronavirus pandemic,” the Wall Street Journal reports.

“The former vice president’s campaign said the plan would lead to 3 million new caregiving and education jobs during the next decade while allowing other caregivers—including many women—to re-enter the workforce if they choose to do so.”

Joe Biden said in a statement that he will consider any foreign election interference “an assault on the American people” that would result in sanctions and significantly impact the relationship between the U.S. and the interfering government.

Nate Cohn: “After a quarter-century of closely fought elections, it is easy to assume that wide leads are unsustainable in today’s deeply polarized country. Only Barack Obama in 2008 managed to win the national vote by more than 3.9 percentage points. The other big leads all proved short-lived.”

“But as Mr. Biden’s margin endures well into its second month, it becomes harder to assume that it is just another fleeting shift in the polls. Perhaps the lead is not just different in size and length, but also in kind. It’s possible the nation’s political stalemate has been broken, at least for now, by one issue: the president’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.”

Ross Douthat: “There is no strategy that this president could adopt, no policy choice that he could make, no tweet of himself in a mask that he could issue, that would fundamentally alter his political position. Trump is incapable of normal presidential action, and even if his aides and handlers concocted such a strategy, the man in charge would make sure it would fail.”

“But that doesn’t make his defeat inevitable. It only means that to speculate about a Trump comeback is to necessarily speculate about possibilities that are outside the president’s control.”

The Daily Beast obtained a ten-page preview outline of the Democratic convention.

“As expected, the convention, which begins on August 20, amounts to a radical departure from traditional party convention planning, with an emphasis on digital participation by delegates, speakers, and attendees. Held amidst the coronavirus pandemic that has upended the Democratic primaries since March, the convention will primarily feature speakers, video, and images beamed in from outside Milwaukee’s Wisconsin Center, and largely from outside the state.”

“According to the plan, while the convention will feature ‘major programmatic elements’ each night of the convention, one or more of the ‘main’ speakers each night will address the nation from an unnamed ‘message-based location’ in swing states around the country.”

President Trump’s campaign, the Republican Party and two affiliated committees have spent more than $983 million since 2017, a record-breaking sum toward a reelection effort at this point in the presidential campaign, the Washington Post reports.

According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll, a majority of Americans support the Black Lives Matter movement and a record 69% say black people and other minorities are not treated as equal to white people in the criminal justice system.

But the public generally opposes calls to shift some police funding to social services or remove statues of Confederate generals or presidents who enslaved people.

A new Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll finds 56% holds the view that American society is racist.

Nearly three-quarters of Americans, 71%, believe that race relations are either very or fairly bad, a 16-point increase since February.

“Since April 8 — the day Joe Biden became the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee — President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has spent 52% of its cable TV ad spending on ads airing on Fox News,” NBC News reports.

“That differs from the Biden campaign’s cable TV buys, which have directed nearly 22% for ads airing on Fox News, 23% on CNN and 10% on MSNBC.”

“Trump has spent just 9% of his cable TV buys on CNN, and 6% on MSNBC.”

“Donald Trump has not given a dime to his reelection campaign, opting instead to fund the entire effort with his donors’ money. His business, meanwhile, has continued to charge the campaign for things like food, lodging and rent. The result is that $2.2 million of contributions from other people has turned into $2.2 million of revenue for Trump,” Forbesreports.

“And that’s just counting the money flowing directly through the president’s campaign. His reelection apparatus also includes two joint fundraising committees, which work with the Republican party to raise money for Trump. Since he took office, those entities—named Trump Victory and the Trump Make America Great Again Committee—have funneled another $2.3 million into the president’s private business.”

“Then there’s the Republican National Committee, which has spent an additional $2.4 million at Trump properties. Add it all up, and the president, working in concert with the party he leads, has helped push $6.9 million into his businesses since taking office.”

A Maine brewery canceled a Wednesday campaign event for President Trump that was to be headlined by the president’s daughter-in-law after an owner said he was misled by the campaign about the scope of the event, the Bangor Daily News reports.

The owner said they were surprised to see their brewery in online Trump event listings and deluged by negative comments after news of the event spread.

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