Lib pollster leery about Trump’s role in midterms: ‘We’ve never seen anything like it’

Unprecedented times call for unprecedented measures and as President Joe Biden has continued to flounder in a quest for approval with failing policies across the board, Cook Political Report editor-in-chief Amy Walter contended the focus driving to the midterms is something “we’ve never seen anything like.”

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With corporate media still in the throes of their years-long bout of Trump Derangement Syndrome, Walter joined “PBS NewsHour” Monday to suggest that former President Donald Trump’s intrinsic role in the upcoming elections was not only a new occurrence, but that the Democrats had little to do with his holding that spotlight.

Host William Brangham attempted to suggest after a post-presidency impeachment, the ongoing partisan witch hunt of Jan. 6 and the FBI raid of Trump’s home at Mar-a-Lago, that it was somehow peculiar that the once commander-in-chief looked to be a central focus of the ballot come November.

Walter wound up sharing this stance as she argued, “we’ve never really seen this before. Of course, we’ve never seen a former president put themselves in the politics front and center in the way that Donald Trump has.”

“We’ve never se–well, we’ve never seen anything like this before,” she had begun. “I mean, midterm elections are almost always a referendum on the party that’s in power. It’s hard to make the out party the focus.”

Noting it wasn’t a surefire strategy to garner support, the publisher went on, “The only time that that has actually succeeded was in 1998 when it was Democrats in the White House. Republicans impeached then-President [Bill] Clinton. But the difference is that President Clinton was really popular. He had about a 60 percent approval rating.”

“And it’s pretty clear that the Democrats do believe that the coalition of voters who turned out in 2018, who turned out in 2020, not necessarily to vote for Joe Biden or vote for Democrats, but to vote against Donald Trump, that they’re still out there and they see that any time he’s in the news, it helps their prospects,” Walter went on.

While the discussion attempted to suggest this was an organic sentiment spreading throughout the voting base with Brangham attempting to categorize Biden’s divisive Independence Hall speech as a reactionary address to a threat and not an incitement of action for Democrats who despise Trump, the pundits blatantly ignored the incessant references to the former president that delivered this moment.

In fact, Walter latched onto Brangham’s earlier suggestion and added of Trump, “And so they don’t need to bring him in all that much, but he is still–because he will put himself front and center–as you said, he had a rally this week, and even regardless of where these investigations go, remember, we still have the Jan. 6 committee that will hold hearings–we don’t know how many, maybe one or so in the fall–and they still have to put a report out. Maybe that’s before November.”

Furthering the claims of unheard-of happenstance was NPR White House correspondent Tamara Keith who dismissed any culpability from corporate media in the prominent concern among many as to the integrity of the 2020 election when she added, “It’s also that you’ve never had a former president claim that the existing president isn’t legitimate or calling the existing president the rightfully elected president an enemy of the state, or declaring multiple times on social media in the last week that he needs to be reinstated.”

“That’s absolutely unheard of,” Keith reiterated before trying to whitewash any prior doubts that Democrats may have had regarding election results as she blamed Trump for “democratic erosion,” describing democracy with the “fundamental idea…that if you lose, you accept that you lost. That has been broken.”


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