The Wall Street Journal editorial board in a Thursday night opinion piece crashed President TrumpDonald John Trump The Trump administration asks the Supreme Court to defeat ObamaCare Trump says there will be ‘retribution’ for those who disfigure the monuments of the White House task force that tracks coronavirus spikes even when Trump says the virus is ‘disappearing’: MORE report for failing to articulate a clear vision for a second term, with the publication of 130 years warning the incumbent of defeat in November and bringing with him the Republican majority in the Senate.
“President Trump may soon need a new nickname for ‘Sleepy Joe’ Biden. What does the president-elect sound like?” the blackboard wrote. “In the current trend, that’s exactly what Biden will be on November 4, as Trump heads for what could be a historic repudiation that would take the Republican Senate with him.”
“Mr. Trump refuses to acknowledge what each poll now says is true: his approval rating has dropped to 40 percent or less than George HW Bush and Jimmy CarterJimmy Carter Why should Joe Biden commit to serving only one term? Strict Polls Put Republican Party in Texas CNN Films Acquires Rights to ‘Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President’ Documentary MORE territory, “he continues.
The board specifically addressed two key issues that have emerged in the past four months that have resulted in a decline in the number of presidents: the coronavirus pandemic and the police murder of George Floyd that has resulted in protests and riots across the country.
“It is now four months before the elections, voters know him very well and Trump has returned to his worst form,” the board notes. “His record of fighting the coronavirus is better than his critics say after a poor start in late February and March. He mobilized federal resources to help the worst-affected states, especially New York.”
“But he wasted his opportunity to show leadership by turning his daily pandemic grips into fights with the bear-harassing press and any politician who didn’t praise him to heaven,” he added. “Lately he has given up even talking about the pandemic when it could offer realism and hope on the road ahead, even when the country reopens. His failure now is defensive self-gratification.”
After arguing that the president can still define elections through school choice and be the right candidate to lead the post-pandemic economy, the board assumed that Trump will have disappointed everyone who voted for him in 2016.
“Perhaps Mr. Trump lacks the self-awareness and discipline to present this case. His polls may fall so discouraged that he simply cannot,” he concludes. “If that’s true, you should understand that he’s heading for a defeat that will reward everyone who conspired against him in 2016. Worse yet, he will have disappointed the 63 million Americans who sent him to the White House by losing, of all people. , to ‘Sleepy Joe’ “.
The former vice president has a double-digit lead in multiple national polls and a RealClearPolitics poll average lead of more than 10 points, with a New York Times poll this week showing a 14-point lead for Biden over Trump, 50 to 36 percent.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyMcCarthy Calls For Police Reform Conference Before Vote Congress Must Act On Police Reform, Don’t Allow Opponents To Divert The Conversation Pence’s confidant helps 24-year-old beat Trump-backed candidate MORE (R-Calif.) In an interview on Fox News, he expressed concern about the president’s current polls.
“If the election was today, yes, you are concerned,” McCarthy told “America’s Newsroom” on Friday morning. “Can we do better? If we can.”