As Trump Attacks Intensify, Biden Supporters Stand Firm – for Now

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Joan Fialkov, a 66-year-old retired teacher and lifelong Democratic voter from Pennsylvania, believes Joe Biden can restore some stability to the country after Donald Trump’s presidency.

But his smears of Biden make her nervous as she recalls his attacks on 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

“I think Hillary Clinton lost because Trump and the Republicans were able to raise doubts even when there was really nothing there,” Fialkov said on Wednesday at a town hall event in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

While Biden’s campaign is trying to leverage the moment as a political opportunity, Trump’s apparent determination to use vague allegations of corruption to hurt his opponent presents an ongoing challenge for the former vice president.

Already facing an impeachment inquiry by the U.S. House of Representatives for pressuring Ukraine to probe Biden and his son Hunter’s business dealings in that country, Trump on Thursday called on China to investigate the Bidens as well.

Biden has portrayed Trump’s strategy as evidence the president sees him as the likely winner and most dangerous opponent among the 19 candidates seeking the Democratic nomination to face him in the November 2020 election.

Dick Harpootlian, a Biden supporter in the early voting state of South Carolina, said Trump’s attacks show Democratic primary voters that Trump is most fearful of Biden. “The best endorsement Joe Biden can get is from Donald Trump,” he said.

But some also worry that Trump’s repeated charges of corruption may stick to Biden in the long term.

A recent Monmouth University poll found that 43% of registered voters believe Biden pressured Ukraine to keep it from investigating his son’s business interests there, including 21% of Democrats and 39% of independents.

Since news broke of a whistleblower complaint over Trump’s call with Ukraine, Biden’s campaign team has furiously denied Trump’s claims have any legitimacy.

And so far, Trump’s relentless airing of conspiracy theories does not seem to have damaged Biden politically.

A frontrunner for much of the 2020 Democratic race, Biden, 76, has not lost significant support in national polls since Trump’s request of the Ukraine government came to light.

Nearly 10 Democratic voters interviewed by Reuters this week said they stood by Biden, and Trump’s tactics would not influence their views.“I like Biden, though I am still undecided. But we can’t let Trump drag us down into these silly debates that only distract from his own problems,” said Pete Leffler, a healthcare worker who attended the Allentown town hall.

Mike McMullon, 67, of St. Charles, Missouri, agreed Trump’s attacks would not soften his support for Biden. “It’s a schoolyard tactic and I’m not buying it,” McMullon said.

Even so, he wants to know the facts about the claims around Biden and his son. “If Joe Biden had any involvement or profited from what’s going on, there’s some vulnerability,” he said.

LINGERING PROBLEMS

For weeks, Biden’s biggest problem has not been Trump but U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts who is also vying for the Democratic nomination.

Biden dropped two percentage points – to 18% – in the latest Sept 26-30 Reuters/Ipsos poll of Democratic-leaning voters after the House launched its impeachment probe of Trump’s dealings with Ukraine.

But he has fallen 12 points since June, and Warren trails him now by just four points.

Kyle Kondik, a University of Virginia political analyst, did not see any connection between Trump’s attacks on Biden and the tightening of the race.

“Warren has been rising for months, and I don’t think there’s any spike associated with Ukraine,” he said.

Warren and other Democratic challengers such as U.S. Senator Kamala Harris of California have refrained from criticizing Biden or his son, who had business dealings in China and Ukraine during his father’s vice presidency.

Adam Green of the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, which supports Warren, said Democrats need to stay focused on Trump’s conduct and the impeachment inquiry.

At a United Auto Workers picket line in Reno, Nevada on Thursday, retired letter carrier Leslie Maxwell Burton, 67, said Biden is the only candidate who can beat Trump. She does not think less of him because of Trump’s claims and does not expect others will either.

“Everybody knows the stuff that comes out of his mouth is just falsehoods and lies,” she said of Trump.

(Reporting by James Oliphant in Washington and Jarrett Renshaw in Allentown, Pennsylvania. Additional reporting by Simon Lewis in Washington and Sharon Bernstein in Reno, Nevada; Editing by Soyoung Kim and Cynthia Osterman)

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General Confusion
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Biden’s campaign donations are dropping. … probably due to Creepy Joe’s personal blackmail involvement in Ukraine.” Confused James And… you would be confused again. Biden’s donations are dropping because he is running an old-school campaign. Literally. He is only targetting older people, 45 and up. He is also targeting large donors some of whom have already topped out. He has promised “no change” to his donors, which turns off voters who NEED change right now. So, if he limits his target donors like this, how can he expect to grow his donations? Bernie Sanders, on the other hand, appeals to… Read more »

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“God put all of Earth’s leaders into their positions, again, for His own reasons.” Dave Hardesty Then, by THIS logic, you also believe your god put #44 into office, too, right? Fair is fair (I don’t know who thought that expression up. Maybe it was #45. He seems to have thought up a lot of words. Big words, such as “fake”. He said so himself.). “My father, with only a 3rd grade education, was smarter than the lot of them.” preceded by “Who really cares what retired old ‘life long’ ‘Intellectually progressive Leftist liberals think?” Dave Hardesty Too bad that… Read more »

General Confusion
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“He has also literally said he will raise taxes on everyone to pay for his socialist agenda, and you’re also ok with this?” William Conley

Oh, HELL yeah! Absolutely!

You just don’t get it. If we get a chance to finally dump our current health care system for something much, MUCH better AND cheaper, where do I sign up? We would be pretty stupid to not vote for it.

Bonnie Keever
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Hahahahaha hahahahaha this is a joke first Biden lies and tells other people’s stories then forgets things then goes on tv as Vice President and says I am here for 6 more hours and they got six hours to fire the prosecutor or they are not getting their Billion dollars that Congress already approved and laughed about it who used their powers here

William Conley
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Joe go back to being what you are a creepy lady and girl toucher/sniffer/ear whisperer. You couldn’t even manage to raise your son and you want us to let you be our leader? The only reason you’re even in the race is because you are still riding Obama’s coat tails. You have no accomplishments that are yours alone your entire career has been mediocre with your high points being in Obama’s shadow. You have already displayed blatant corruption and absolutely no hesitation to abuse your position, and there are ignorant fools out there that still believe you.

william jackson
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Lyin’ Biden

Cherl
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*Poor old Paul*. He still doesn’t understand two words Electoral College. Established by the Constitution which the Democrats, Pelosi in particular, seem to quote from a lot lately.

Tom Bodine
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Gaff prone buffoon with a big mouth f++ks himself 😂

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