The Villages is an expanse of beautiful homes, shops, and entertainment venues. It bills itself as ‘Florida’s Friendliest Hometown’. Sara Branscom’s golf cart sloped down the smooth asphalt path that winds through The Villages. She jabbed her left foot on the horn pedal, then gave a thumbs up to a passing cart.
‘’This gets you rejuvenated and ready for the next month or so, so we can do this and win. It gives you hope,’’ the 60-year-old retiree said.
She then let out a whoop and two surprising words, ’’Go Biden!’’
It isn’t a cry that is expected to resound in The Villages. It’s certainly not one that is encouraging to President Donald Trump. A few years ago, older voters helped in Trump’s propulsion into the White House.
Where Trump’s problem stems
The Pew Research Center estimates Trump led among voters aged 65+ by 9% in 2016. The scary part is that his campaign hoped they would be a bulwark to cement a second term for the incumbent. Pew estimates that 1 in 4 voters nationwide will be 65 and older. This is the highest level on record since 1970.
Apparently, most of the older voters seem to have lost interest in Trump after his handling of the coronavirus. Evidently, the virus affects the older voters more acutely than others and they say he mishandled it putting their lives at higher risk.
On Thursday, Trump released a video of himself standing on the White House lawn in which he called older adults ‘’ my favorite people.’’ In the video, Trump also noted that the elderly are more vulnerable to the virus. He assured with no factual basis that the medicine he received in the hospital will be free for older people.
I recall back to when he said no American will pay for this drug, did he heave a change in heart?
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