We all knew it was a disaster.
“While Trump won over independents by four points nationally in 2016 against Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, Biden saw one of his largest pickups among that group — winning a 54 percent majority of independents, a 12-point rise from Clinton’s 42 percent showing in 2016. The pattern was seen across key battleground states, including Wisconsin, where independents flipped from backing Trump by a 10-point margin in 2016 to supporting Biden by a 14-point margin. In Arizona, Biden won independents by 11 points four years after Trump won the group by a narrower three points.
Voters nationally who identified their political views as moderate also swung sharply in Biden’s direction, favoring the Democrat by 30 points this year, compared with Clinton’s 12-point advantage. Across key states, Biden won moderates by 37 points in Arizona, 23 points in Wisconsin, 32 points in Georgia and 17 points in Pennsylvania. Those margins helped overcome the fact that more voters continue to identify as conservative than liberal, by a nationwide margin of 38 percent to 24 percent.
Despite pleas by “Never Trump” voices, the president secured a larger share of Republican voters nationally, 94 percent in 2020, than four years ago, when he won 88 percent and third-party candidates received more support …”
It is clear what happened.
In 2016, Trump won the working class, Independents, more Moderates and a record margin with White men. He ran as a more populist nationalist candidate.
After 2016, Trump moved to the Right on economics. He posted his biggest gains with Republicans and those making over $100,000 a year. He won more conservatives. Brad Parscale spent over $1 billion dollars trying to win women, based black men, Hispanics, Jews and LGBTs.
Note: Did you prefer Trumpism 1.0 (2016) or Trumpism 2.0 (2020)?