Seniors seeing through Trump's false choice that the economy more important than your life - 2020-05-06
Trump derives much of his support from finding boogeymen fashioned from our basest instincts to scare the shit out of the elderly, his primary constituency. But now that the elderly have something to genuinely, legitimately fear — a virus with a sharply escalating lethality rate tethered to age, Trump is denying and minimizing the risk. Fox News, whose business model is roughly the same as Trump's schtick, is sounding the same false choice — the economy is more important than your life.
So it's noteworthy that the seniors appear to be seeing right through it: "By a 6-to-1 margin, Americans 65 and older say it is more important to address the spread of the coronavirus than to focus on the economy."
Per a National Journal poll, "[i]n mid-March, seniors were more supportive of Trump than any other age group (plus-19 net approval). Now, their net approval of the president has dropped 20 points and is lower than any age group outside of the youngest Americans."