George Stephanopoulos Shocked Donald Trump Tied with Biden

By Jerry McConway, updated on September 5, 2023

On ABC’s “This Week,” host George Stephanopoulos seemed beside himself that Trump was in the hunt against Joe Biden in mock polling for the 2024 election.

He mentioned all the “baggage” that Trump brought into the election with him, but he failed to look at the baggage and record that Biden is bringing.

Talking Points…

  • 2024, by the numbers
  • What the “experts” are saying
  • Joe’s problems
  • Trump’s problems
  • My Two Cents…

2024 by the Numbers

According to FiveThirtyEight, the Wall Street Journal poll that concluded on August 30 had Trump and Biden both at 46 percent.

This has been the norm in all polling, with the YouGov poll showing Trump holding the edge, 44-43, and the Morning Consult poll having Biden with the small edge at 43-42.

RealClearPolitics now has the recent average with Biden at 44.7 to Trump at 44.0. That virtual tie is largely on the strength of a Yahoo poll that gave Biden a six-point edge, or Trump would actually hold the edge in the overall average.

What the Experts are Saying

As noted, Stephanopoulos seemed baffled that people are not falling all over Joe Biden.

He stated, “It is kind of shocking in a way that despite all of the baggage that Donald Trump carries, he’s tied with Joe Biden right now.”

He later added:

“With every passing month, with every new indictment, Donald Trump seems to be consolidating his control over the Republican Party.

“Republicans almost unanimously on that stage several days ago would vote for a convicted felon. Did you ever think you’d see the day?”

Former DNC Chair Donna Brazile stated,“When I looked at that recent poll, the Wall Street Journal, I said, ‘this could keep me up at night.”

Conservative contributor Reihan Salam stated, “The truth is that we are in a very polarized moment. And when you’re looking at the Republican Party, it is strikingly unified. If you look at the most conservative voters and the party, they back the former president disproportionately.

“If you look at more moderate voters, female Republican primary voters, he just really has a lock on both wings of the party, so to speak. And that’s something that any rival has to appreciate it and respect.”

Joe’s Problems

First and foremost, Biden is a habitual liar who sounds like a used car salesman on the campaign trail.

He is trying to sell us a Pinto while claiming it is a brand-new Mustang, and people are seeing through his act now.

In no particular order, here are Biden’s most significant challenges:

  • Immigration
  • The economy
  • Afghanistan
  • Inflation
  • Domestic shortcomings (such as East Palestine)
  • Excessive vacations
  • Hunter Biden

The Hunter Biden narrative is now finally picking up steam, as there is just too much evidence against Biden for the mainstream media to overlook. Even CNN’s Jake Tapper recently stated that Trump had it all right during the debate.

With every passing day, the conspiracy theory of a deep state is becoming much closer to reality.

Donald Trump’s Problems

Well, this is pretty evident, but I will list them anyway:

  • Public perception
  • Financial issues
  • 4 major indictments

Trump has literally done nothing to lure in voters he lost during the 2020 election. While he promised to take a different approach, he has fallen back into 2016 and 2020 Trump. Even a small change would probably give him a commanding lead over Biden, so I just do not understand his reluctance on this front.

Trump has also been getting clobbered with legal bills, to the tune of about $50 million or so, since January 2021.

Right now, all that money is coming from campaign funds, which is why his war chest is so cash-poor, and that is not going to get any better once these trials start.

Some voters feel as though they were misled, with campaign funds they thought would be going for rallies and ads going for his legal defense. With four significant cases on the horizon, Trump is staring down the barrel of hundreds of millions in legal fees, and even his campaign may not be able to cover this.

Also consider that if Trump loses the Letitia James case in New York, he could be looking at the loss of his New York business license as well as $250 million in fines. Trump used a bail bondsman to post his bail in Georgia, so while he may be a billionaire, he is cash-poor, and these cases are going to be a major stress on his finances, both personal and campaign.

My Two Cents…

If Trump were not having legal problems, he would be crushing Joe Biden, but he does, so he is struggling to get a gap between himself and Joe.

The good news for Trump is that it is unlikely Biden will do anything to have a major positive impact, as Dems seem happy to be running on the “Joe is not Donald” platform.

The problem for Trump, as I noted above, is that he is going to run out of money. And if he does not attend any debates and sign the loyalty pledge, I don’t know if the RNC will financially back his campaign. Even if the RNC does buckle, the legal bills that Trump has are going to eat up virtually every campaign dollar that is coming in right now.

The worst-case scenario for Republicans is that Trump is convicted on felony charges after the primary is complete, and then they are stuck with someone in an orange jumpsuit who is on the ballot. It will be awfully hard for anyone outside of Trump’s base to back a candidate who would be in jail for the four years of his term.

I know Trump’s base loves him, and I know Trump has plenty of support in Congress, but he is up against it with these judges and jury pools.

We cannot lose this election, period, so voters really need to consider all these drawbacks to Trump before pulling that handle in their upcoming primary races.

Is Trump the best chance we have to not only beat Biden but also draw voters in for the down-ballot elections, as they are just as important as the presidency in 2024?

Winning the White House does us no good if we do not take both chambers of Congress, and vice versa. We must undo what Biden has done over the last four years and then get this country back on track… what candidate allows us to accomplish all those things?

About Jerry McConway

Jerry McConway is an independent political author and investigator who lives in Dallas, Texas. He has spent years building a strong following of readers who know that he will write what he believes is true, even if it means criticizing politicians his followers support. His readers have come to expect his integrity.

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