Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus outbreak could cost him dearly when November’s election comes.
A new report by Insider is revealing that rural Virginia voters who had voted for Trump in 2016 are most likely not voting for him this time around – and it has everything to do with how he handled the coronavirus pandemic.
A dozen seafood and agricultural workers in the state’s Northern Neck peninsula — where Trump beat Hillary Clinton by nearly 10 points in 2016 — are not happy with the way Trump has handled the outbreak.
“A few weeks ago I could ignore the parts of his personality I didn’t like,” said Cliff, a 25-year Chesapeake Bay waterman. “That’s over. I don’t believe anything he’s saying now.”
All of the sources asked to remain anonymous out of fear of backlash, but they were increasingly frustrated by a president whose actions they had already begun to doubt.
“He’s got no idea what the hell he’s doing, and I think he’s flat-out lying to everyone about how bad it really is, and how bad it’s going to get,” said Matt, an oysterman in his mid-40s.
Matt had already drawn the line with Trump when it came to immigration, but he says that his handling of the virus drew the line and he will not be voting for him in November.
“He thinks we’re all stupid and will show up for him no matter what,” he said. “At this point, I can’t imagine bringing myself to do that.”