No one is buying Joe Biden’s claim that the riots currently ravaging parts of America are the fault of President Donald Trump, and as they continue, various groups are beginning to sour on the Democratic party that they could typically count on.
According to Politico, Democrat Party strategists are concerned that Trump’s “law and order” rhetoric is beginning to have an effect on residents of the suburbs in swing states:
Interviews with more than two dozen Democratic Party officials and strategists in the suburbs reflect confidence in Biden’s ability to compete with Trump on issues surrounding this summer’s civil unrest, but also widespread concerns about the political volatility — and potential allure — of the president’s law-and-order message.
In Pinal County, Ariz., where “Thin Blue Line” flags have proliferated outside Phoenix and Tucson, Holly Lyon, chair of the local Democratic Party, said, “There is that little sort of unsettled feeling in people because we can tell that [Trump’s messaging] is grabbing hold, and it’s working.”
“How this plays out in the election, that’s where people are all over the map,” said Joseph Foster, chair of the Democratic Party in Montgomery County, Pa., in the Philadelphia suburbs. “No one seems to know what that’s going to entail, or how people are going to react.”
In 2016, Trump defeated Hillary Clinton in the suburbs by four points and according to Politico, the suburbs will once again be where it’s all decided. Trump has been pushing the fact that Democrats are responsible for the chaos and mayhem in the streets and appealing to the people’s wish for a more peaceful America.
Politico claims the message isn’t having the desired effect as Biden is still more trusted when it comes to handling the civil unrest, but that’s only for now. Polls show that the gap between Biden and Trump is narrowing and typical Democrat voting blocs are feeling the fatigue of the Democrat’s riots:
One of the strategists described a focus group in which white, college-educated women reacted to the protests by discussing their own property values and, in one woman’s case, her family’s mortgage.
“White women who have college degrees are starting to really get sick of this,” the strategist said.
Some state polls are showing signs of it. In Pennsylvania, a critical swing state, a Monmouth University poll released last week found that Biden’s lead over Trump had narrowed statewide, and that Trump was leading Biden by 2 percentage points in 10 swing counties, including some Philadelphia suburbs, erasing a large advantage Biden had built there earlier this year.
Democrat strategists foresee the continuation of the riots as Trump’s way to present himself as a “strong man” who can save us from the destructive criminals but admit that the unrest is activating Democrats into action.
Effectively, they’re trying to figure out if destroying the country is energizing the left to get out and vote but fear that it will also swing voters into Trump’s camp as they search for a way to tamp down the riots. They don’t know what to do and they’re trying to find the answer.
The answer may already be too late and the situation may be worse than they think.
There’s evidence to suggest that Democrats have already lost the suburbs. Last week, reports about a group of voters called the “shy” voter came up and noted that many voters are too afraid to come forward and give their true feelings about the Democratic party. The civil unrest brought on by the left and the constant stream of videos showing leftists doing everything from forcing restauranteurs into agreeing with them to executing Trump supporters in the streets has driven them further into silence.
This silence is only kept outside of the voting booth and research has predicted that Trump actually has a three-point bump in the polls going unreported at minimum.
The truth is, people out there who work to earn their living aren’t going to appreciate those who don’t work destroying their property be it in the suburbs or in the cities where their businesses are. The idea that they should give up everything they worked to build so that people who hate them can claim what doesn’t belong to them is not appealing to the typical American voter.
Polls are taking time to catch up, but the likelihood that Biden has already lost the suburbs, especially after the recent Black Lives Matter riot videos, is strong.