Republicans Fear Trump Could Drop Out Of Race If His Poll Numbers Remain Low
According to The Jerusalem Post, some “Republican operatives are concerned that President Donald Trump could drop out of the race ahead of the presidential elections in November if his poll numbers continue to remain low.”
- A recent poll by Fox News had Trump trail behind Democratic candidate Joe Biden by 12 points, and JPost reported that “poll numbers for the president have dropped amid criticism of his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and the protests and riots in the wake of the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis policeman.”
“It’s too early, but if the polls continue to worsen, you can see a scenario where he drops out,” said one Republican operative to Fox News. Another also said, “I’ve heard the talk but I doubt it’s true...My bet is, he drops if he believes there’s no way to win.”
- However, the Trump campaign denied that the president would drop out of the race.
“This is the granddaddy of fake news,” said Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh. “Everyone knows that media polling has always been wrong about President Trump - they undersample Republicans and don’t screen for likely voters - in order to set false narratives. It won’t work. There was similar fretting in 2016 and if it had been accurate, Hillary Clinton would be in the White House right now.”
- An additional statement from the Trump campaign read, “as was the case in 2016, the mainstream news media is relying on polling financed by their own operations and others, released publicly in order to set a narrative that confirms with their own worldviews.”
- Fox News host Tucker Carlson stated, “not many people are saying it out loud on the Right, but the fact is that President Trump could well lose this election. In fact, unless fundamental facts change soon, it could be tough for him to be re-elected.”