A new poll this week found Joe Biden with a slight edge on Donald Trump to win the 2020 Presidential election. It found that Biden had an edge on Trump in other areas too — specifically, more voters would label Trump, rather than Biden, a “wimp.”
Emerson College Polling found that 44% of respondents said they’d vote for Trump, compared to 48% for Biden — with the remaining 8% divided between “someone else” and undecided. However, the poll dug deeper and asked more questions, including one that the president may take to heart: Who is more of a wimp, Donald Trump or Joe Biden?
Who do you think is more of a wimp, Donald Trump or Joe Biden?
— Political Polls (@Politics_Polls) September 25, 2020
Suggestions of weakness, fear, or ‘wimpiness’ have been a personal issue for Donald Trump, who in 2015 tweeted multiple times to quote people who specifically characterized him as “not a wimp” or not likely to “wimp out.”
Meanwhile, he’s characterized Joe Biden as an unworthy opponent, calling him “sleepy” and “weak,” and attacking Biden’s intelligence.
This followed Biden’s declaration that, as reported by the Washington Post, if they were in high school and he heard Trump boasting about grabbing women by the genitals, he’d “take him behind the gym and beat the hell out of him,” and that “Any guy that talked that way was usually the fattest, ugliest SOB in the room.”
Weakness is among Trump’s most-used insults. He has tweeted to call a long list of perceived political enemies weak, and it’s been speculated that he avoided wearing a mask in public for fear of looking weak. However, what much of the public sees — as reflected by the polling above — is a man who, despite holding the most powerful office in America, can’t stop casting himself as a victim, and whining about “presidential harassment” when faced when a consequence of his own actions.
This is shown in op-eds across a variety of media sources — Washington Post, where he was labeled “Whiner-In-Chief”; Politico, where he’s been called “the Victim President”; and the New York Times, where Trump was called “America’s whiniest victim,” to name just a few.
This aspect of public opinion can also be seen on social media, where voters keep telling the president to quit whining and playing the victim.
You are back to whining and playing the victim.
Keep it up… everything that comes out of your mouth makes you sound crazy, and desperate.
— Darnell Horton (@DarnellHortonSr) September 25, 2020
Jeez…do you ever stop whining like a pissy liddle' snowflake? Are you ever not the victim of something? Grow some balls and be a man for once in your pathetic life. That ANYONE thinks you're 'tough' is a fucking mystery… #Trump
— Andy Ostroy (@AndyOstroy) November 19, 2019
Prove it. I’d give $100 to charity of your choice if you could, in your own words Mr Trump, describe the flaws in their over sampling methodology. It just didn’t happen.
You play the victim 24/7. Whining on twitter doesn’t make you a tough guy. #TwoHundredThousandReasons
— j howe (@howe_howell) September 25, 2020
Ever the whining victim.
— vaxxed up & still masked up (@the_brainbolt) April 25, 2020
It’s not Twitter, it’s the people on Twitter, just like the last election most Americans don’t like you, didn’t vote for you, & are exhausted with your endless whining. Your the most powerful man in the world, probably one of the wealthiest, & yet you’re always playing the victim
— Hello darkness my old friend (@DVinson79) September 17, 2020
It seems those polled agree. The poll also showed a slight majority of respondents saying that the U.S. is handling tha pandemic worse than the rest of the world, and 53% of respondents said they had an unfavorable view of the president.
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