America’s seniors ebb away from Trump as coronavirus response disappoints

At a ceremony in the White House Rose Garden last week, a maskless Donald Trump appealed directly to a constituency that could determine his political fate in November’s election: America’s seniors. “This is a big day for seniors,” Trump declared, unveiling a plan to lower the cost of insulin for many Medicare recipients. He touted the achievement as a “breakthrough” and a preview of what he could deliver in a second term.

“Sleepy Joe can’t do this,” Trump said, lacing into his Democratic rival Joe Biden. He added, not too subtly: “I hope the seniors are going to remember it.” Older voters, America’s largest and most reliable voting bloc, have for years punched above their political weight. Over the past two decades, Republicans maintained an advantage with this constituency, and in 2016 their outsized political influence in key swing states such as Michigan and Wisconsin were essential to Trump’s electoral victory. But there are signs that may be changing.

The Guardian