Democrats Coming to Rue Trump Trials – Someone once said that there is no such thing as bad publicity. This could be proving to be true with Donald Trump’s legal travails. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are having difficulty getting their message out with Trump crowding the airwaves.
Democrats thought they had their man Trump beaten. Historically, indictments have destroyed candidates and campaigns; however, Democrats are finding out the hard way that Trump is able to reframe the indictments and legal troubles as a political “witch hunt.”
Trump Sucking Oxygen From Biden Campaign
Trump’s approval rating among Republicans has shot up by close to 15 points since the first indictment was announced in April. And Trump and Biden remain tied in the polls.
“It’s not just Harris who is having trouble breaking through to voters right now. This is something that President Biden is struggling with as well. One prominent Democratic pollster recently told me that they’re mystified about what it takes to reach Americans at a communications level. In this post-2016 era, a lot of politicians, not just Harris, are struggling with how to achieve visibility in a time when Donald Trump can say one thing and it seems to dominate the airwaves for days,” Atlantic reporter Elaina Plott Calabro said of her recent interview with Harris.
Democrats Could Re-elect Donald Trump
Liberal reporters thought that giving Trump free airtime in 2016 would make him look like a clown and discredit him, or that it would give Hillary Clinton an easy opponent.
Instead, they succeeded in getting Trump elected president.
The way things are going this year they might just succeed in doing it again.
“Democrats have made no effort to convert the Trump diehards – flyover country conservatives who hold traditional views of God, country, and family. Among other derogatory references, Biden has berated these voters as ‘an extremist movement that does not share the basic beliefs of our democracy: the MAGA movement.’ That would be all those flag-waving Americans at Trump rallies,” Real Clear Politics columnist Andy Pudzer writes. “After deriding Trump supporters as a ‘basket of deplorables’ in 2016, former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton recently doubled down, calling them ‘cult members’ who may require ‘a formal deprogramming.’”
Pudzer writes, “Suffice it to say, these voters aren’t going anywhere. They have nowhere to go.”
Harris Crowded Out In Media
This has made it next to impossible for Democrats to redefine Harris in a positive direction, according to Plott Calabro. Trump has sucked the oxygen from the room.
“Harris had not been on the national stage for that long when she entered the White House. The Lester Holt interview she did in 2021 was very defining for her simply because it was one of the first major yardsticks by which people could measure her,” Plott Calabro said. “The narrative that came out of that interview, in which she was viewed as unprepared and flippant, became really hard for her to get out from under. As one of her former aides told me, narrative is a very difficult thing to change.”
Harris’s own words have not helped either. On one day Harris proclaims the U.S. is in an alliance with the “Republic of North Korea” and on another, she makes incomprehensible word salads about culture.
Democrats are making mistakes that could prove costly in 2024.
John Rossomando is a defense and counterterrorism analyst and served as Senior Analyst for Counterterrorism at The Investigative Project on Terrorism for eight years. His work has been featured in numerous publications such as The American Thinker, The National Interest, National Review Online, Daily Wire, Red Alert Politics, CNSNews.com, The Daily Caller, Human Events, Newsmax, The American Spectator, TownHall.com, and Crisis Magazine. He also served as senior managing editor of The Bulletin, a 100,000-circulation daily newspaper in Philadelphia, and received the Pennsylvania Associated Press Managing Editors first-place award for his reporting.