How coronavirus blew up the plan to take down Trump

Most democratic strategists, like Dean, believe that Trump’s prospect of being re-elected by the pandemic will be impacted by the increasing death toll and ruinous economic repercussions. But the general election is more than seven months away and Trump’s public approval rating has risen as the corona virus has spread – though not nearly as high as the last Republican president, George W. Bush, after the September 11 terrorist attacks.

Scott Brennan, member of the Iowa Democratic National Committee and former chairman of the State Party, said, “If the economy falls behind … it’s hard to know what people will think.”

To influence these voters, Biden solved the technological difficulties that clouded his earliest appearances at his home in Wilmington, Delaware. He now regularly webcasts to talk about the coronavirus pandemic, including town hall meetings and a rush of television interviews.

However, the effectiveness of its counter-programming is unclear, as Biden not only competes for attention with Trump, but also with high-profile democratic governors like Gavin Newsom from California, Andrew Cuomo from New York and Gretchen Whitmer from Michigan, who – unlike Biden – are executives in the corona virus response.

Biden, said Darry Sragow, a long-time Californian Democratic strategist, “has no control at all.”

“For me it’s like you’re in a bar and a fight breaks out,” said Sragow. “You have to park your immediate instinct. You have no control over the immediate result of the fight.”

The struggle of the nation is a problem for Democrats with coronavirus – and Trump’s position at the center – can take months. The party’s political event, the Democratic National Convention, scheduled for July, is subject to contingency planning if the corona virus still prevents large crowds from gathering. DNC officials said last week that planning for the Milwaukee event is progressing. But many Democrats are dubious – and afraid of a worst-case scenario in which the pandemic turns the democratic convention upside down, but not the Republicans who gather the following month.

“It is important for this reason,” said Bob Mulholland, a DNC member from California. “This candidate’s speech on Thursday evening could be seen by 50 to 60 million Americans, most of whom paid no attention to primary school. This is the conversation that makes us win.”

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