This late in the 2020 election cycle, there is little left to do for our presidential candidates – especially during this tense contest.
A vast majority of Americans have already made up their minds about who they’re voting for, and each campaign has pinpointed a couple of demographics where the candidates could use a little work.
Normally, under more mundane circumstances, this sort of internal data would be proprietary and privileged information, protected from the prying eyes of the world.
“He’s shot, folks. I hate to tell you, he’s shot,” Trump told a big rally crowd in Johnstown, saying there was extra pressure on him to win because Biden was the worst presidential candidate of all time. “Can you imagine if you lose to a guy like this? It’s unbelievable.”
In his second rally since contracting the coronavirus, Trump spoke for more than an hour to a crowd of thousands packed in tightly and mostly maskless. Like the night before in Florida, Trump seemed healthy, and his rhetoric on the pandemic — including the dubious claim that it was mostly a thing of the past — changed little despite his own illness, except for his threat to kiss audience members to prove his immunity.
Trump made a local pitch, hammering home the claim that a Democratic administration could limit fracking in areas where the economy is heavily dependent on energy, despite Biden’s proposal to only bar new leases on federal land, a fraction of U.S. fracking operations. And Trump, touting his elimination of a federal rule that would have brought more low-income housing to the suburbs, zeroed in on groups whose support he has struggled to retain, including female voters turned off by his rhetoric.
President Trump then let the cat out of the bag.
“So I ask you to do me a favor. Suburban women: Will you please like me? Please. Please. I saved your damn neighborhood, OK?” Trump said. “The other thing: I don’t have that much time to be that nice. You know, I can do it, but I gotta go quickly.”
The proximity to the election itself, in addition to the majority of national polls showing Donald Trump significantly trailing Joe Biden, may have compelled the Commander in Chief to lay his cards on the table like this…but will it be enough to see him reelected?