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Trump has lost his senior advantage. And that could cost him in November.

Sahil KapurJune 30, 2020, 5:58 AM CDT

Trump has lost his senior advantage. And that could cost him in November.
Trump has lost his senior advantage. And that could cost him in November.

WASHINGTON — Jay Copan was part of the coalition that made Donald Trump president in 2016. Now he’s had enough and plans to send Trump into retirement.

Copan, 68, who lives in Raleigh, North Carolina, considers himself fiscally and socially conservative. A white male and registered independent in a swing state, he has voted Republican in each of the last nine presidential elections. He supports Trump’s tax cuts, energy policy and judges. He’s precisely the type of voter that Republicans should be able to win — and cannot afford to lose.

But Copan says he’ll vote for Joe Biden this fall.

“At the end of the day I want this to be a better country for my grandkids growing up. And having a president who’s a pathological liar, a sociopath, a narcissist, a misogynist and a bully is not the way I want to leave this country,” Copan said. “In spite of my views on the issues, I don’t see any way I could support him to be president for another four years because of how he’s behaved.”  TRUMP SPENT MUCH OF THE WEEKEND Trump campaign scrambling to revive re-election effortNBCUScroll back up to restore default view.

Copan represents a group of voters that Trump, who is 74, should worry about: Americans over 65 who are defecting to Biden. Seniors have voted for the Republican candidate in every presidential election since 2004, according to exit polls. They favored Trump by 8 points in 2016, according to NBC News exit polls.

But most surveys this month show Trump trailing Biden among this group, down by 2 points in a New York Times/Siena poll, 4 points in a CNN poll, 8 points in a NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, 8 points in a Quinnipiac poll.

Trump’s sliding support among this key demographic has contributed to him trailing Biden by 9.4 points in the FiveThirtyEight average of surveys as of Monday.

With voters under 45 increasingly preferring Democrats, losing senior citizens could choke off Trump’s path to re-election. Some allies worry that he’s antagonizing elderly voters with his mockery of 77-year-old Biden’s placid temperament and verbal stumbles with the nickname “sleepy Joe” and persistent insinuations that his rival is losing his mental faculties.

“The hot air slipping out of President Trump’s campaign balloon among seniors is certainly a cause for concern,” Dan Eberhart, a Republican donor and Trump supporter, said in an email. “His angry rhetoric and constant poking at Biden’s age and ailments could be a sizable part of the problem here. This is a group of people used to being catered to and respected.”

The shifting views of senior citizens were on display when a pro-Trump parade was protested in The Villages, a GOP-leaning retirement community in Florida. A video of the clashes went viral after the president tweeted (and then deleted) a clip that included a supporter with Trump gear shouting “white power” at someone who called him racist. (His spokesman later said he didn’t see that part.)

Trump campaign spokeswoman Courtney Parella told NBC News that “as long as President Trump is in the White House, America’s seniors can rely on him to act in their best interest as he delivers the Great American Comeback.”

“America’s seniors are the backbone of this nation, and President Trump is dedicated to protecting their livelihoods,” Parella said in a statement. “While Joe Biden serves as a puppet of the far left, bending to radical ideas that threaten our economy and our health care system, President Trump is looking out for our seniors on Medicare.”

Peter Hart, a Democratic pollster who helps conduct the NBC/Wall Street Journal poll, said Biden’s advantage with older voters shows that “there’s an awful lot of wind at his back.”

“Those things that most frighten seniors, health care being among them — he can talk to them stylistically but he can’t talk to them substantively,” he said.

But Hart cautioned that there’s plenty of time left before Election Day and seniors’ attitudes can change: “I like to warn people: Don’t over-emphasize the June surveys. Because it can be misleading.”

Two weeks ago, the president held a White House roundtable called Fighting For America’s Seniors in which he proclaimed his “unwavering devotion to our senior citizens.”

He touted his administration’s work launching the National Elder Fraud Hotline and charging scores of defendants for allegedly defrauding seniors, his efforts to cap the cost of insulin, and his promise to keep “defending Medicare and Social Security.”

But Trump’s other actions and rhetoric may be hurting him with older voters.

He has encouraged states to reopen their economies amid the coronavirus pandemic, which is disproportionately fatal among elderly people. He recently suggested without any evidence that a 75-year-old Buffalo man who was pushed by police and injured was a plant by the far-left antifa movement. He has launched blistering attacks on universal vote-by-mail, an option that many senior citizens prefer.

Reached for comment, Biden campaign spokesman TJ Ducklo said the former vice president’s plans for re-opening the economy includes measures to protect seniors from COVID-19 and noted that he plans to preserve the Affordable Care Act, which Trump is fighting in court to overturn.

Trump won older voters in 2016 by promising economic prosperity and hitting nostalgic notes of an era before free trade and globalization took a toll on America’s once-vibrant manufacturing sector. He benefited from the high unpopularity of his opponent at the time, Hillary Clinton, winning decisive votes from Americans who were skeptical of both candidates.

One of them was Copan.

“I absolutely could not vote for Hillary — had enough of the Clintons,” he said. “I literally held my nose and voted for Trump. I thought it was the lesser of two evils; I just didn’t realize how evil he could be.”

The New York Times

Trump Shares Video of Armed White Couple Confronting Protesters

Annie KarniJune 30, 2020, 12:13 PM UTC

President Donald Trump during an executive order signing at The Villages in Florida, Oct. 3, 2019. President Donald Trump during an executive order signing at The Villages in Florida, Oct. 3, 2019
President Donald Trump during an executive order signing at The Villages in Florida, Oct. 3, 2019. President Donald Trump during an executive order signing at The Villages in Florida, Oct. 3, 2019

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump retweeted a video Monday morning of a white man and woman brandishing a semi-automatic rifle and a handgun at peaceful Black protesters in St. Louis over the weekend, amplifying a surreal scene that embodied the racial divisions roiling the country.

Trump’s promotion of the St. Louis confrontation was the second time in two days that the president used his social media platforms — which he often credits with allowing him to circumvent mainstream news outlets — to exacerbate racial divisions as Americans have been protesting police brutality and demanding social justice reforms after the killing of George Floyd.

On Sunday, Trump retweeted a video of one of his supporters at a retirement community in Florida yelling “White power!” during what appeared to be an angry clash over the president and race among white residents in the community. He deleted the tweet about three hours after posting it, and a White House spokesman said Trump had not heard the man make the “white power” statement. Still, no one in the White House, including the president himself, condemned the sentiment.

In the video from the protest on Sunday in St. Louis, a barefoot white man dressed in a pastel pink polo shirt and khakis emerges from his marble mansion and appears to threaten protesters who are marching down a private residential street. A woman, also barefoot, stands next to him in a pair of black capri pants, with her finger on the trigger of a silver handgun she points at the protesters.

The protesters were participating in a peaceful march to the home of Lyda Krewson, the Democratic mayor of St. Louis, in order to demand her resignation after she released the names and identifying details of individuals who supported defunding the police.

The group can be heard banging on drums and yelling to one another, “Keep moving!” as they walk past the couple threatening them with firearms. According to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the white couple in the video were identified as Mark T. McCloskey and Patricia N. McCloskey, both personal injury lawyers.

When reached at her home Monday night, Patricia McCloskey declined to address the episode.

“I’m in something right now,” she said. “Thank you though.”

The confrontation, which looked like something out of a Quentin Tarantino film, was captured on video and quickly drew more than 10 million views online.

Trump retweeted an ABC news link to a video and article about the scene. The White House did not respond to requests for comment about the president’s decision to promote the clip. But in the past, Trump has positioned himself as a strong defender of Second Amendment rights. He has also failed to distinguish between peaceful protesters, whose right to assemble is protected by the Constitution, and violent looters, some of whom were responsible for vandalism and fires that broke out during largely peaceful demonstrations across the country expressing outrage over the killing of Floyd in police custody.

On Monday, Trump wrote on Twitter: “Seattle Looters, Agitators, Anarchists and ‘Protestors’, are now refusing to leave the ‘CHOP’ Zone. They have ZERO respect for Government, or the Mayor of Seattle or Governor of Washington State! Not good!”

In an interview on “Fox & Friends” on Monday morning, the White House press secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, defended Trump’s decision to retweet the video of his supporters in Florida, even though it was pulled down after criticism from Republican lawmakers of the racist phrase “white power.”

“His point in tweeting out that video was to stand with his supporters, who are oftentimes demonized,” McEnany said. “So he didn’t hear that portion. He took it down. But he does stand with the men and women of The Villages,” the Florida retirement community where the clash apparently took place.

This article originally appeared in The New York Times.

© 2020 The New York Times Company

Yahoo Entertainment

Chris Cuomo tells Fla. Gov. DeSantis to shush after he railed against the media for coronavirus coverage

Stephen ProctorJune 30, 2020, 6:47 AM UTC

Chris Cuomo calls out Fla. governor for allowing people to get sick to make Trump happy

On Cuomo Prime Time Monday night, Chris Cuomo called out Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, who railed against the media for its reporting on his handling of the coronavirus not long before Florida would become a national hotspot for new cases.

On Cuomo Prime Time Monday night, Chris Cuomo called out Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, who railed against the media for its reporting on his handling of the coronavirus not long before Florida would become a national hotspot for new cases.

“You got a lot of people in your profession who waxed poetically for weeks and weeks about how Florida was gonna be just like New York,” DeSantis said, wagging his finger at the media standing in front of him. “Wait two weeks, Florida’s gonna be next. Just like Italy, wait two weeks,” said DeSantis impersonating the media, before adding, “Well, hell, we’re eight weeks away from that and it hasn’t happened.”

Cuomo mocked DeSantis’s gestures before asking, “What now?” Then, with his finger to his lips, gave a belittling “Shhhhhh.”

As coronavirus cases first began to surge across the country, DeSantis regularly looked to the White House for guidance, something Cuomo alluded to in blaming DeSantis for the current situation in Florida.

“Florida health officials reported nearly 10,000 new coronavirus cases on Saturday. Its highest single day since the start of the pandemic,” Cuomo said. “He made Trump happy, Gov. DeSantis did, and now more Floridians than they can count accurately appear to be sick.”

Florida is one of a handful of states, including Texas, that were among the first to reopen that are now closing things down again. Cuomo pointed out that even Vice President Mike Pence is slowly beginning to take a new approach to the coronavirus. Pence recently postponed campaign events in Florida and Arizona due to the extreme increase in coronavirus cases in both states.

“Even Pence, who you saw silently by DeSantis’s side as he spewed nonsense, seems to be his strongest asset as an ally, even he is now saying you should wear a mask,” Cuomo said. “That’s good since he’s the head of the coronavirus task force. It’s bad that he is only saying so now.”

On Monday night, the hashtag #TrumpKillsFlorida started trending on Twitter, but Florida isn’t alone in seeing a sudden spike in new cases as states attempt to reopen.

“More than half our states have growing cases now. Sixteen are currently having to pause or roll back reopenings because they did not do the right things the right ways,” Cuomo said. “Texas, parts of California, bars have been directed to close back down. The secretary of Health and Human Services says the window is closing for us to get this right.”

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