From a political standpoint, Trump’s willingness to go after Fauci makes almost no sense. If anything, Trump’s actions are a manifestation of the traits that have led him to a historic deficit in the polls.
That’s why it’s frankly confounding from a political perspective that he would go after Fauci, the nation’s most recognized health expert.
The same poll showed that just 40% had a great deal or fair amount of trust in Trump to provide accurate information on the pandemic. The majority (59%) had not much to no faith in Trump.
Indeed, this has been a consistent theme in the polling done this year. Fauci always scores better than Trump does when it comes to the pandemic.
Trump, though, can’t seem to help himself. His problem is that he continually plays to his base. In that Kaiser poll, 78% of Republicans and independents who lean Republican have a great deal or fair amount of trust in Trump to provide information on the coronavirus.
Trump struggles outside of Republicans. Only 9% of Democrats and Democratic-leaning independents trust Trump to give coronavirus information. A mere 26% of pure independents do.
Fauci is above 60% on providing information with both groups.
With three weeks to go, this episode with Fauci is evidence Trump has no desire or plans to change tactics. If he doesn’t, the polls today will likely be fairly close to the results in November.
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