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If there is one indelible moment from the 2016 election that stands out, it is that the media did its best to convince the American people that Donald Trump did not stand a chance.
Many of those in the tank for 2016 Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton are following the same script with the party’s current nominee Joe Biden, as the media is lying to us about the status of the presidential race.
That’s according to The Federalist’s Mollie Hemingway, who noted in a new column that Trump “has cut Biden’s lead by half or more in key battlegrounds, and is on track to win again.”
Except the media is not reporting this.
“Election 2020 is shaping up to be déjà vu all over again for the news media,” wrote Hemingway. “In an effort to help push Joe Biden over the finish line, the Washington establishment is going all-in on the easily refuted idea that there has been no change in the presidential race over the last three weeks.”
You may recall that Americans were set to go to the polls in 2016, Reuters reported that a final Reuters/Ipsos States of the Nation survey showed that Clinton had “about a 90 percent chance” of defeating Trump in the race for the White House.
According to the poll, Clinton was “on track to win 303 votes in the Electoral College to Trump’s 235.” Reality proved that the numbers were close but they had the names flipped, as Trump won 306 to 232.
Fast forward four years and polling is showing that Trump is surging and has drawn even with Biden, after early polling had the Democrat with a solid lead.
Hemingway cited reporting from The News York Times, The Washington Post and the Cook Political Report all showing that there has been little change in the race.
“After having botched the entire news coverage of the 2016 election, where all the ‘experts’ repeatedly told the American public that Donald Trump had little to no chance of being the Republican nominee and even less a chance of being elected president, corporate media are back at it again, insisting all is well with the Biden campaign and the Democrats are safely on cruise control to take the White House and the Senate,” she said.
Hemingway then shared “the truth they are not telling you.”
Biden has little enthusiasm for his candidacy,” she insisted. “He is taking on an incumbent president with significant first-term accomplishments who has extremely energized supporters, to put it mildly. He had two major opportunities in August to generate some real excitement for his ticket and collect voters in must-win states for Democrats who had abandoned the ticket for Trump in 2016. Think Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin.”
The two opportunities referenced was the selection of a running mate and Biden’s convention speech, and Hemingway said the Democratic nominee “whiffed on both counts.”
In contrast, she said, Trump and Republicans “aggressively went after traditionally Democratic Party voters among minorities, particularly African-Americans.”
“Republicans threw everything they had, from sound policy arguments (about recent successes Republicans have had with criminal justice reform and policies that improve job and wage growth) to emotionally compelling stories about how unchecked riots in Democratic cities harm African Americans and how Democrat control of the black vote has not been reciprocated with policy achievements that benefit their loyalty,” Hemingway observed.
And this effort has made a difference, as Hemingway detailed polling in Florida that shows Trump currently with a 3 point lead after a RealClearPolitics average at the end of July has Biden with a lead of 8.4 points.
In Pennsylvania, which Hemingway accurately noted is an absolute must-win state for the Biden campaign, polling shows Trump making considerable gains. The same thing is being seen in Michigan, Wisconsin, and North Carolina.
“Incredibly, both NBC News and the Cook Political Report continue to rate Florida as ‘Lean Democrat’ according to their ‘experts.’ No offense, but do they think people are stupid?” Hemingway asked.
Stating the obvious, that the race “is clearly different from where it was at the end of June,” and noting that Trump’s job approval numbers are on a three-month upswing, she shared the “cold reality” the media is reluctant to report on.
“So here is the cold reality the media are for some reason refusing to tell people as the country rounds Labor Day and this campaign really gets into high gear,” Hemingway concluded. “This race is effectively tied today, Trump has momentum, and Biden is going to have to campaign hard, energize his voters, and earn it if he hopes to unseat the incumbent.”
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