Donald Trump Thinks He Can Beat Joe Biden in New York
President Donald Trump believes that he has a shot at carrying New York State’s 27 Electoral College votes in November’s election.
Just landed in New York to see my brother, Robert. We’re going for New York on November 3rd. We’re going to Reduce Taxes, Increase Law Enforcement, and bring it back BIG TIME! #MAGA pic.twitter.com/VIxo7yWyQs
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 14, 2020
Democrat Hillary Clinton trounced Trump in his home state in 2016 by 22 points. Recent polling shows Trump trailing presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden by an even larger 25-point margin – it is what it is.
Nevertheless, his reelection campaign is “putting New York in play,” Trump said Thursday in an interview with the New York Post, citing “high taxes” as well as recent upticks in crime and people moving elsewhere due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Once ground zero for COVID-19, New York’s infection rate is now less than one percent, the lowest in the country.
“Over the last six months what’s happened is insane. It’s insane. So we’re going to try very hard to win New York and that will be the first time — is that since Ronald Reagan, I guess? Since Ronald Reagan,” Trump said. “I will bring down taxes and I’ll make sure that New York City is a safe place. I mean, this is one of our cherished — this is a cherished diamond of this country. And we can’t let this happen to New York.”
Trump changed his residency from New York to Florida last year. But the president thinks the Big Apple needs him.
“Shootings are double, murders, everything has doubled and tripled. And I’ve heard numbers, 244 percent on some kinds of crimes. What is it, 277 percent [for shootings]?” Trump said. “I’ll solve the crime problem. I’ll solve their tax problem. I’ll solve all their problems. Who would not vote for me? We’re going to look into SALT, we’re going to look into crime, we’re going to look into all of the things and solve the problems — of many problems that they have in New York.”
Trump’s game plan is to campaign heavily in regions outside New York City due to the state’s demographics.
“We’re going to put a very strong move in New York. Because upstate, Long Island, you know everything outside of the core, I get a vast majority of the votes,” he said. “I think we have a tremendous shot. I think we have a very good shot. Now typically it’s not in play, but we’re going to put a strong move on New York. We may also do it in New Jersey, by the way.”
Another part of Trump’s strategy echoes his asking of voters, “what do you have to lose?” in 2016.
“I think we have a very good chance,” Trump said. “Who can be happy if you live in Manhattan and your taxes are going through the roof? And your quality of life is way down, and they’re defunding the police?”
The office of Governor Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, said Trump’s claims about high taxes in the Empire State are unfounded.
“President Trump needs to stop lying,” said Cuomo’s Communications Director Peter Ajemian. “All income tax rates are lower today than when Governor Cuomo took office — the only person who raised New York state taxes was Trump with SALT.”
Indeed, the elimination of state and local deductions (SALT) in Trump’s enormous 2017 tax cut package wound up raising taxes on working class New Yorkers – who do not typcally claim itemized deductions – while providing a massive handout to the rich.