The campaign to re-elect US President Donald Trump is targeting suburban voters in key battleground states where the Republican party lost support during the midterm elections two years ago. (September 8)
TOM BEAUMONT: We've had elections, two now, in the past 20 years, where the winner of the electoral college was not the winner of the popular vote. But I think the reason why you're not hearing that much this year about that is because President Trump is really focused on winning back the states that he won in 2016. And in 2016, it was a choice between A or B. And a lot of people chose what they thought was the lesser of two evils. This is a referendum on Trump.
Trump is really trying to motivate his base. He's trying to squeeze every drop out of that base. And there is a lot of evidence to suggest the base has eroded in some key places, in the suburbs, where he needs it. 2018, we saw a lot of people come out that, A, didn't vote in 2016 or that voted Republican and felt like going back. And your point about women coming out and voting, especially in the suburbs was key.
You look at how the House flipped to Democrat, it was in suburban districts. We see signs now that the messaging from the Trump campaign, the kind of lawless mobs and the violence that would come to you under a President Biden, we haven't seen a real movement among suburban women as a result of that message. And that's the group that he needs to hit with that message. So if it's not really moving the bar in suburban Milwaukee, I have to wonder if it's working in suburban Columbus, Ohio, suburban Detroit, and all those key places that have a similar electorate.
One of the things that I think that we don't really know yet about how the coronavirus may impact the electorate is we've got kids going back to school now. We've got colleges reconvening. And there are new hotspots all over the country. It's a referendum on the president's performance. And he would have you believe that everything up until the virus is how he should be judged, where the Democrats are saying, no, how he's handled these converging crises is really how he should be judged.