CNN pundit preps Biden voters for a Trump win

May 13, 2024 | Political News

On Sunday, CNN's Fareed Zakaria started to prepare viewers for former President Donald Trump to win the White House in November, admitting that the race has not played out as he thought.  

In a clip, Zakaria said, “As someone who worried about the prospects of a second Trump term, I think it's best to be honest about reality.” He noted that “Trump is now leading in almost all the swing states” and polls “in general, they have tended to underestimate Donald Trump support, not overestimate.” 

Zakaria claimed the economy is doing well, “but Biden is getting little credit for it.” He pointed to a poll from January which showed Trump with a 15-point bump for the former president compared to 2020.  

“Perhaps this is because inflation is a far more pervasive problem than unemployment affecting all Americans every day,” he suggested. “For whatever the reasons it's a stunning reversal in the midst of a relentless stream of good economic news.”  

When looking at cultural issues, Zakaria noted that Trump leads Biden by 35 points on immigration, and he wondered “whether abortion will be as large an issue in a presidential race, given that reversing Roe v Wade threw the issue to state governments and legislatures and not the federal government.” 

Zakaria went on to discuss the indictments raised against the former president and said they could garner sympathy from voters and admitted that the trials seem to be politically motivated. “I doubt the New York indictment would have been brought against a defendant whose name was not Donald Trump,” he said.  

“A majority of Americans are skeptical that Trump will be able to get a fair trial according to a CNN poll,” Zakaria noted.  

In a recent ABC News/Ipsos poll, the former president led in all three of voters' top three issues, which were the economy, inflation, and immigration. He also leads in 10 key issues overall, including the US world standing.