Morning Joe devoted right this moment’s opening phase to urging Democrat voters to not get “complacent.” Joe Scarborough and Kasie Hunt argued that there are troubling indicators that President Trump may need hidden energy, and that we may very well be in for a repeat of 2016 if Democrats get complacent.
They have been largely riffing off a Thomas Edsall column within the New York Instances, “Biden Is Not Out of the Woods.” Edsall’s level is that there’s under-the-rader Trump energy in sure demographics, and particularly that many extra Republicans than Democrats have registered in latest months in battleground states.
Joe and Kasie additionally pointed to a tweet by Biden’s marketing campaign supervisor through which she wrote: “There may be nonetheless an extended technique to go on this marketing campaign, and we predict this race is way nearer than people on this web site assume. Like so much nearer.”
Scarborough bragged about having warned again in 2016 that Trump might win. And he whined that: “Mika and I and Willie and others could be yelled at for merely suggesting that Donald Trump may very well be elected president of america and get 270 electoral votes.”
Besides that . . . three months earlier than the 2016 election, Scarborough said Trump “is aware of he will lose.” And when requested by Willie Geist whether or not he believed the Republicans will not win the presidency, replied: “I imagine that unquestionably.”
So, some handy revisionist prognostication by Joe!
And in April of this 12 months, Scarborough was displaying, relating to the 2020 election, the identical form of “vanity” he was condemning in different MSM members relating to 2016. He spoke of the destiny of the Republican social gathering “after Trump loses this fall.” So who’s smug now, Joe?
Morning Joe’s warning to Democrats to not get complacent was sponsored partially by Applebee’s.
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6:00 am EDT
JOE SCARBOROUGH: The warning from the Biden camp. And it is a vital warning with 19 days to go. We’re going to indicate some polls that present Joe Biden far forward, however in the event you speak to the Biden folks, they do say it’s a lot nearer.
And there’s an awesome article this morning within the Instances by Thomas Edsall, and he brings up, he talks about how a lot nearer this race may very well be.
To start with, there are lots of white voters with out faculty levels who’re registering, who didn’t vote in 2016, and in addition he quotes Dave Wasserman’s information. In Florida, because the state’s March major, 195,000 Republicans have been added to the rolls. Solely 98,000 Democrats. In Pennsylvania, since June, Republicans plus 135,000, Democrats solely 57,000. In North Carolina, since March, Republicans up 83,000. Democrats solely 38,000. And Arizona is the exception the place Democrats are outperforming Republicans.
However Edsall lays out fairly a couple of information factors that ought to give lots of Democrats causes to fret with 19 days to go, and to cease them from being as complacent as they have been 4 years in the past when Mika and I and Willie and others could be yelled at for merely suggesting that Donald Trump may very well be elected president of america and get 270 electoral votes.
KASIE HUNT: Effectively, I bear in mind being laughed at, Joe, after I stated on this very program that after I was masking Hillary Clinton’s marketing campaign within the ultimate weeks that it didn’t really feel like a profitable one. They — her staffers — laughed at me, because it seems that was precisely what was taking place.
And, you realize, I believe it’s a mixture of issues, and also you’re proper to level out these indicators which are below the radar, I imply, that’s what occurred in 2016. There was so much happening below the radar that the folks missed.
There are some indicators that there’s extra potential Republican energy than maybe is being accounted for. There may be additionally this query about folks doubtlessly getting complacent. This assumption that all the pieces is okay, I don’t must vote . . . Particularly contemplating what number of fully unpredictable issues have occurred within the 12 months 2020 it looks like a warning that’s fairly related proper about now, simply 19 days out.
SCARBOROUGH: Yeah, it definitely does. Thanks a lot for sticking round, Kasie. We admire it. And you realize, Willie, after the vanity we noticed from the Democrats and, sure, from the mainstream media 4 years in the past, in the event you even recommended that Donald Trump may get to 270 electoral votes. Full vanity, full mocking perspective. It definitely — this serves as a reminder and form of a bucket of chilly ice water over all people’s head that is saying this race is over, that we nonetheless have an extended technique to go.