July 25, 2020

STAY IN THE BASEMENT AND DITCH THE DEBATES:

2020 attention tracker: Biden succeeding in making it about Trump (Neal Rothschild, 7/25/20, Axios)

During this period of the campaign in 2016, social media interactions (likes, comments, shares) on stories about Hillary Clinton continued to climb, nearly doubling from April to July -- even before the party conventions began. Biden's have plunged.

It was also during this time that "Crooked Hillary" saw the most momentum, according to Google Trends data. It peaked in June and saw another spike during the DNC in Philadelphia in late July.
The big picture: The trends speak to Trump's struggles to effectively brand Biden. He has at turns tried to label Biden as corrupt, senile, toothless and a tool for the "radical left".

Biden has been able to grow his lead by keeping the focus on Trump -- a job made easier by the nationwide surge in coronavirus cases.

By the numbers: Since emerging from his home on Memorial Day for the first time since mid-March, Biden's interactions have continued to drop while his lead in the national polling average has climbed. It jumped from 5.6 points on the holiday to 8.7 points now, per the RealClearPolitics average.

Allowing Uncle Joe to engage with Donald would be political malpractice.

Posted by at July 25, 2020 8:12 AM

  

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