On Monday, the New York Times’ Charlie Savage, Jonathan Swan, and Maggie Haberman authored a piece making the case that “a Second Trump Presidency May be More Radical Than His First.”
They contend that checks on Trump would be “weaker,” and he would have a stronger opportunity to implement “more extreme policy plans.”
The trio wrote:
The Atlantic announced Monday morning that it is launching a special issue that “warns of the grave and extreme consequences if former President Trump were to win in 2024” and argues that “Trump and Trumpism pose an existential threat to America and to the ideas that animate it.”
Eight essays from the issue were published on Monday, and four more will be released daily through Friday. In one piece published Monday titled “The Danger Ahead,” David Frum writes, “If he wins the election, Trump will commit the first crime of his second term at noon on Inauguration Day: His oath to defend the Constitution of the United States will be a perjury.”
Forthcoming pieces in the collection include titles such as “China Will Get Stronger,” “Extremists Emboldened,” and “Civil Rights Undone.”
The similar narratives from the three publications come as Democrats are reportedly concerned about Biden’s prospects in a potential general election rematch with Trump. Biden, who turned 81 in November, had an average approval rating on Black Friday that was worse than his last three predecessors, including Trump’s, at similar points in their presidencies, according to RealClearPolitics’ data. Moreover, he trails Trump in the RealClearPolitics polling average by 1.7 percentage points and lags in much of the latest swing state polling.
Should Trump address those fears and that perception or just ignore it and trust the polls?