Republicans, Trump’s polling slips amid coronavirus, racial reckoning

U.S. Sen. Tim Scott (R-SC), left, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) look on as President Trump arrives to the Rose Garden to sign an Executive Order on Safe Policing for Safe Communities at the White House in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Reuters.

President Trump has a polling problem. Presidential candidate Joe Biden has an eight point lead over Trump nationally, and Biden is also ahead in key battleground states like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, and Florida. In Michigan, Biden is up by 16 points. Some Republican strategists voiced concern over the polls, while others dismiss the results as echoing the discrepancies of the 2016 election. But four years ago the U.S.wasn’t in the middle of a global pandemic, and the racial reckoning surrounding police shootings of Black men wasn’t this widespread.  Political commentator Tara Setmayer shares what all this means for the president, and the current state of the Republican Party.

Credits

Guest:
Tara Setmayer - conservative political commentator

Host:
Madeleine Brand

Producers:
Sarah Sweeney, Michell Eloy, Rosalie Atkinson, Brian Hardzinski, Angie Perrin, Caleigh Wells