Washington37 minutes agoAuthor: Jennifer Steinhaar
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Photo is of January Joey Biden arrived in Iowa to meet ex-servicemen. Biden's name was not announced as the Democratic Party's presidential candidate then. Households with a military background are generally considered supporters of Donald Trump's Republican Party.
- On Thursday night, Atlantic magazine published an article, claiming that Trump insulted the soldiers
- It is claimed that Trump refused to visit the memorial of soldiers killed in World War I during a trip to France two years ago.
On Thursday, Atlantic magazine published an article. Accordingly, during a visit to France in 2018, President Trump refused to visit the memorial of soldiers who died in the First World War as an excuse for rain. It is claimed that Trump described the soldiers as losers. When the article came out, the opposition ie Joe Biden and his Democrat Party got the issue. Biden said- My son was stationed in Iraq, he died of cancer. However, he was not a loser or a loser. Now Trump is busy in Damage Control efforts.
Democrats were looking for opportunity
On Friday, Democrats, and especially those who have ever been associated with the military, became active. Resented Trump. Had many press conferences. Biden said – Trump has long been sidelining the military and military families. He was insulted. If the article is correct then Trump does not deserve to be president. A group of ex-servicemen raised one million dollars in just five hours to help the families of the soldiers who were martyred in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The Democratic Party put forward its leaders who were once part of the army. Such as Senator Tammy Duckworth, Pete Butigig. Retired soldiers are generally considered supporters of the Republican Party. 70 current or former lawmakers of the Democrat Party wrote an open letter to President Trump asking him to apologize. Democrats know that they will not get the full support of ex-servicemen or their families. But, Trump's popularity among these people can be reduced.
Democrats have more eyes on these states
In 2016, Trump received twice the votes of people with military backgrounds in North Carolina, Florida and Arizona, compared to Hillary Clinton. What would be better if Democrats could benefit from the latest controversy. If a few black and Hispanic voters are found, they can win. Nathan Gongels, editor of Inside Election website, says – When the fight is close and thorny, everything and every person becomes important.
Nathan continues- Recall 2016. Trump won by a very small margin. In Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Florida, he could not even get two points. Therefore, they cannot take any risk.
… and Trump claims
Trump is running a campaign on Facebook. It added, “We have eliminated the terrorists. Re-strengthened the military and worked for the ex-servicemen.” But, for the nearly 20 million elderly, it does not matter much what Trump said to the military. What matters is what his party and the government did to make health services affordable and easy? This issue is also important for women in small towns.
Eighty percent of people with military backgrounds agree with Trump's plans. This figure is 60 percent of the total elderly. Republican and former soldier Fred Wellman says – the 10 percent difference in the votes of the elderly will also be very large. There are some among military officers and soldiers who no longer trust Trump. But, it also does not mean that he will go in favor of Biden.
More people with military background
Wellman says – Around 30 million people are from the military background. Former and current people associated with the military are with the Republican Party. However, some still live in poor houses. On Tuesday, when we went to townhall to discuss their problems, more than 10,000 viewers were added. His 'VoteWets' organization wants to reach 2.5 lakh people till the elections. The group enlisted the help of an expert named Chuck Rocha, who led Senator Bernie Sanders to Latin American voters. Rocha says- We want to reach voters through TV commercials, not through postcards. Social media and text messages are also being done.
With some biden too
There is also a small group called Common Defense. It has some impact in Arizona, North Carolina and beyond. This is creating an atmosphere in Biden's favor. But one thing Democrats also know very well is that it is not easy to reduce Trump's base among families or people with military backgrounds. VoteWets chairman John Soulge says that what Trump says in the Atlantic magazine story will not affect Trump's popularity. Initially some people are talking about this.
The matter is fresh, so it is being discussed. The White House has denied the story. He denied it so quickly because he knows how much and how fast this article can cause damage.