Juan Williams: Older voters won't forgive Trump for COVID

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Summary generated on August 10, 2020

    A 74-year-old Trump supporter and 2012 presidential candidate, urged people to rebuke "The left wing" for insisting on wearing masks and social distancing to stop the spread of the virus.

    In 2016, voters 65 and older voted for Trump over by about seven percentage points.

    In a July Fox News poll, Trump had only a one-point lead over his presumptive Democratic opponent, former Vice President , among the over-65s. What was a strength for Trump in 2016 is now a split vote, not giving a clear edge to one side or the other in 2020.

    With the virus as the number one issue for voters, the Fox poll found that voters trust Biden to do a better job than Trump in handling the virus by 17 percentage points.

    In the most recent polling, Biden leads Trump in Florida by 13 percentage points, 51 percent-38 percent, according to the late July Quinnipiac survey.

    In an interview with Axios that aired last week, Trump claimed that coronavirus deaths in Florida are "Going down."

    Trump's position remained blind to the reality: "Right now, I think it's under control," Trump told Jonathan Swan of Axios.

    ADVERTISEMENT. Trump's inability to face his failure to stop the spread of the virus, especially among older voters, is evident in his revamped campaign advertising.

    After stopping all television advertising to review why it was failing to cut into Biden's strong lead, both nationally and in swing states, the Trump campaign came back last week with advertising with no mention of the number one issue on voters' minds.

    Instead, the Trump advertising is focused on selling fear of anarchy in big cities and portraying Biden as a victim of a far-left "Takeover."

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