Last night’s “Presidential Debate” was such a total mess that even the experienced and controlled Chris Wallace had trouble handling it. How undecided voters make sense out of a mountain of lies, interruptions and personal attacks by Trump would be a miracle. And this election could easily come down to undecideds.
Last month, Newsweek reported that “Undecided voters were key to Trump’s win in 2016.”
“They’re the 10 percent of prospective voters who,” Newsweek adds, “still… haven’t made up their minds between the Republican and Democratic nominees, currently back third-party candidates or, at this point, just don’t care.”
“I have never been this undecided this close to an election,” Marlin Boltz who lives in Cabot, Pennsylvania told Washington Post reporters.
Marlin says that he and his wife Karen “consider ourselves as moderate. Conservative on fiscal issues and liberal on gay marriage. There are no candidates that fit. If I had a spreadsheet, I’d be trying to fill it out to say: Who do I think can pull the country back together?
“I thought Trump was saying all this stuff about the wall but once he gets advisers, they will pull him back,” Marlin said. “But that didn’t happen. And I didn’t see the tweets coming. I don’t like it. It’s not very presidential-like.”
Marlin, do you really believe Trump’s rampant mood swings will “pull the country back together?” He couldn’t even look the American public in the eye an condemn white supremacists.
Many like the Boltzs’ don’t like the way Trump talks about immigrants.
“They have made it impossible for anyone to come here,” Karen Boltz said. “Why would you do that?”
The answer, Karen, is that Trump is anti-immigrant, and the proof is in the latest episode where the Trump administration just announced “an immigration enforcement blitz” next month on so-called, “sanctuary” cities, cities that do not cooperate with Immigration and Customs Enforcement regarding illegal aliens.
“Two officials with knowledge of plans for the ‘sanctuary op’ described it as more of a political messaging campaign,” the Post adds.
Is that pulling the country back together?
Trump has spent the last 8 months lying to the American public about the coronavirus.
“…when we get into April, in the warmer weather—that has a very negative effect on that, and that type of a virus.”
“It’s going to disappear. One day it’s like a miracle – it will disappear.”
“Coronavirus numbers are looking MUCH better, going down almost everywhere,” and cases are “coming way down.”
The pandemic is “fading away. It’s going to fade away.”
“…we’re rounding the corner. We’re rounding the corner on the virus,” Trump said earlier this month even as cases and deaths rose.
On March 9, Trump tweeted, “So last year 37,000 Americans died from the common Flu. It averages between 27,000 and 70,000 per year. Nothing is shut down, life & the economy go on. At this moment there are 546 confirmed cases of CoronaVirus, with 22 deaths. Think about that,” FactCheck reported.
However, on February 7, he told Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward, “This is deadly stuff,” and that he “wanted to always play it down. I still like playing it down because I don’t want to create a panic.”
What will it take to convince the Boltzs’ and the other undecideds, to see a president who consistently deceives the country about everything from the crowd size at his inauguration to a “deadly” pandemic?
Every decent Republican leader ought to take a good look in the mirror and ask themselves what they stand for: their loyalty to an angry, indecent madman, or their oath to uphold the Constitution.
The last sentence in Woodward’s book, “Rage,” is a rare piece of commentary by the journalist.
“When his performance as president is taken in its entirety. I can only reach one conclusion: Trump is the wrong man for the job.”
My question to Marlin and Karen Boltz: Given Trump’s actions just in the last 8 months, can you really trust him to tell the truth that you need to depend on?