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Joe Biden and Donald Trump: America Doesn’t Like Either of Them Right Now

Image by Gage Skidmore. Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C.
Donald Trump speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C.

Joe Biden and Donald Trump Have the Same Scandal Hanging Over Them: A new NBC poll has made insights into the public’s perception of ongoing political dramas.  

The poll found that Americans care equally about President Joe Biden’s classified documents scandal and former President Donald Trump’s documents scandal.

Sixty-seven percent of poll takers answered that they were concerned with Biden’s documents scandal, and 67 percent also answered they were concerned with Trump’s documents scandal – demonstrating that despite the differences in the way the two presidents responded to the documents discoveries have not influenced public perception of the scandals.

The poll also gauged the public’s approval of Biden’s job performance. Half of poll respondents disapproved of the job Joe Biden is doing. Specifically, respondents were concerned with Biden’s ability to unite the country, and his mental and physical fitness. 

Additionally, the poll found that a majority of respondents believe the new Republican-controlled House of Representatives will spend too much time investigating Biden – instead of focusing on more important priorities. 

“The survey also underscores just how little has changed since last November’s midterm elections, and just how dissatisfied the public remains as the 2024 presidential campaign begins to take shape,” NBC reported

“The calendar may read 2023, but you’d excuse someone if they continue to see 2022 in the country’s outlook and in our politics,” Jeff Horwitt of Hart Research Associates, who conducted the poll, said. 

“Elections are supposed to act as a chance to refresh and reset, and that did not happen,” Bill McInturff of Public Opinion Strategies, who conducted the poll with Horwitt, said.

Dueling Classified Documents Scandals

The liberal media spent months lambasting Trump for his possession of classified documents. Now that Biden has been discovered to possess classified documents, too, the liberal media is leaning into a somewhat arbitrary distinction: the two presidents reacted to the discoveries differently. 

In Trump’s case, what makes his conduct so heinous in the perspective of the liberal media, is that he refused to cooperate with investigators and failed to turn in the requested documents. Biden on the other hand, whose conduct is excusable in the eyes of the liberal media, cooperated with investigators and promptly returned all requested documents, demonstrating concretely that nothing was afoot, just a simple mistake.

Yeah, the American public isn’t buying the liberal media’s narrative or accepting the ultra-fine distinction between the two presidents’ conduct. The NBC poll found that 67 percent of Americans were concerned with Biden’s conduct, and 67 percent were concerned with Trump’s conduct.

The only difference that the poll revealed: 20 percent of respondents answered they were not concerned with Trump’s conduct while 18 percent answered they were not concerned with Biden’s conduct. 

Curiously, the poll found that a majority of Democrats (52 percent) are concerned about Biden’s document scandal. Similarly, a majority of Republicans (53 percent) are concerned about Trump’s case. The findings suggest that Americans are not cutting their party’s leader slack on account of partisan bias. 

“Neither president gets a pass from their partisans,” McInturff said. 

Personally, I’m not particularly concerned with either president’s handling of classified documents. I don’t know the ultra-specifics of what was contained within the documents (Trump’s documents reportedly contained sensitive information about HUMINT sources in the field), but I suspect the government has a tendency to over-classify and over-police its records; I suspect that little harm will come from the documents, held in Florida or Delaware, being held outside of controlled environments.

But again, grain of salt, because I don’t know what was in the documents. Either way, I’m comfortable disregarding the liberal media’s narrative: each president is equally at fault for possessing documents that should have been kept elsewhere.   

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Harrison Kass is the Senior Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, Harrison joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison holds a BA from Lake Forest College, a JD from the University of Oregon, and an MA from New York University. Harrison lives in Oregon and listens to Dokken.

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Harrison Kass is a Senior Defense Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, he joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison has degrees from Lake Forest College, the University of Oregon School of Law, and New York University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. He lives in Oregon and regularly listens to Dokken.