The Hill – Trump has been unable to offer a unifying or consistent message at a time of national strife. As Brett Samuels and Morgan Chalfant write, the president’s rhetoric has been out of step with public polling, which shows the majority of Americans are more bothered by the actions of police in the case of Floyd — who was killed after an officer held a knee to his neck for nearly nine minutes — than those of protesters responding to police brutality.
Trump, ever mindful of the latest polls, has seen his numbers slip over the past week as former Vice President Joe Biden has taken a commanding lead in some key states on the 2020 map. According to a poll over the weekend, Biden has doubled his lead in Michigan, holding a 12-point advantage in the battleground state.
“The President’s penchant for trafficking in conspiracy theories is, politically speaking, going to ruin him,” said Ari Fleischer, a press secretary for former President George W. Bush, in response to the president’s comments. “This is reckless. He doesn’t know when to stop.”