Joe Biden has shot at victory but Democrats must fuel momentum

Joe Biden has shot at victory but Democrats must fuel momentum
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As red states see a spike in coronavirus cases and unemployment, Donald Trump has started to see his approval rating and election chances decline. Chaos and confusion may have worked in 2016 when the country was not in the midst of a historic pandemic and economic downturn. This will not work this time around. After these last few years of uncomfortable family dinners, awkward conversations with coworkers, and irreparably broken friendships, Americans are exhausted and want someone boring.

This race is not over, but it is trending in favor of the Democrats. Indeed, the White House response to the coronavirus crisis has turned a toss up election into a potential runaway victory for Joe BidenJoe BidenCan Republicans handle the aftermath of Donald Trump? Biden seeks to supplant Trump in Georgia Trump's Mount Rushmore stunt will backfire MORE. The numbers for Trump with older Americans and women with college degrees are rather devastating. He does not have the benefit of the doubt this time around, and he is actually motivating people to vote against him this fall.

Americans do not blame the president for the outbreaks of the pandemic across the country. No one could have predicted the horrors that we have seen. But many Americans believe that his failures early on exacerbated a bad situation. The crisis and the death toll did not have to be this terrible. That is why Biden is breaking away across several swing states.


The coronavirus has also exposed the inequities of our economic system. Those who could afford to shelter in place or drive to their beach homes were better protected than those who were on the front lines, delivering our groceries, stocking the shelves, and driving taxis. After 2008, we saw a populist movement rise up and demand change. That movement led to the Tea Party, the rise of Bernie Sanders, then President TrumpDonald John Trump Trump responds to calls to tear down monuments with creation of 'National Garden' of statues Trump: Children are taught in school to 'hate their own country' Trump accuses those tearing down statues of wanting to 'overthrow the American Revolution' MORE.

No one should be surprised to see a blending of the populist movement. Supporters on both sides of the aisle are tired of always getting screwed over as many donors and executives receive favors. Americans are sick of having to sacrifice their Social Security, their health care, and their taxes, while the rich continue to get bailed out by Washington insiders.

The coronavirus may have started the polling death spiral for Trump, but his violent response to protesters is what is tanking his election chances. He is not making this country great. It is why Trump is under water in red states like Texas and Arizona. It is why members of the military and of the faith community have condemned his authoritarian response to peaceful protesters. It is why suburban women are starting to abandon him. Trump is so bad at his job that George Bush is now looked at favorably.

We have a president who does not just embrace authoritarian tendencies, but he has brought them to the streets of our cities. The Biden campaign is doing exactly what it should be doing, which is allowing the protesters to have their voices heard. This awakening is bigger than the candidates. The Biden campaign knows that truth. Americans of all stripes are taking to the streets because it is time for a change. This election does not look like it will be a repeat of 2016. I do not see a world where Democrats take their foot off the gas until they win. The stakes here are too high.

Michael Starr Hopkins is the founder of Northern Starr Strategies and the host of “The Starr Report” podcast. Follow his updates @TheOnlyHonest.