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Since the start of the year, liberal media networks MSNBC, CNN, NBC, CBS and ABC have expressed concern about the GOP’s triumph over the Democrats midterm in 2022, with many hosts asking how President Biden can save the party from an impending bloodbath. .
On March 23, The New York Times published an op-ed in which columnist Thomas B. Edsall claimed that Democrats are allowing Republicans to claim victory too easily and criticized liberals for turning away from the working class while condoning brazen crimes.
Meanwhile, while airing “Meet the Press Daily” on MSNBC on March 30, host Chuck Todd sounded the alarm about the Democrats’ dwindling chances of victory in November with a “half-timer -course” which placed the president’s party in the “shellacking” category, below bad, decent and exceptional.
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This isn’t the first time Todd has tried to highlight the Democrats’ weak odds.
A few days earlier, Todd was speaking with NBC News correspondent Yamiche Alcindor on “Meet the Press,” and took note of an NBC poll that saw registered voters prefer Republican control (46%) of Congress over Democrats (44%). A Republican lead on the generic ballot, as Todd noted, hasn’t happened on NBC polls since 2014.
“It’s a huge red flag,” Todd told Alcindor, which she accepted.
In January, while speaking with Rep. James Clyburn, DS.C., Todd asked what he needed from Biden to improve the Democrats’ chances in 2022.
Other hosts also echoed similar questions about how the Democratic Party can improve its standing ahead of the midterm elections.
ABC News host George Stephanopoulos asked Vice President Kamala Harris about the dire poll numbers from Biden and the Democrats and how the president can turn the tide.
“Can the president provide the kind of relief needed to prevent a Democratic rout in November,” he asked in March.
“What can President Biden do [to change the minds of voters]– still a long time, but the time is approaching before the halfway point,” CBS Mornings co-host Tony Dokoupil also asked correspondent Robert Costa.
MSNBC host Andrea Mitchell shamelessly asked a guest if the war in Ukraine was “at least helping the Democrats” and the White House head into midterm.
Some media personalities went further, fearing that a Republican victory would be the end of America and the right to vote, while preemptively accusing them of cheating.
CNN global affairs analyst Bianna Golodryga discussed a network poll in which only 43% of Democrats had “extremely or very high enthusiasm” about voting midterm compared to 51. % of Republicans. Golodryga asked why voters weren’t more concerned about the right to vote and the “threat to democratic values”.
“Given this ongoing threat to democratic values, right, shouldn’t voters be more determined to get to the polls and why do you think you see this reluctance and lack of enthusiasm ?” she asked a panel of guests.
On ABC, ‘The View’ co-host Joy Behar said she would be “very concerned” if Republicans took control of the House and Senate after the midterms, saying it would be catastrophic for United States.
“It would be the end of the country, the beginning of the end for this country,” she said in January.
Rep. Eric Swalwell, D-California, made a similar comment when he told MSNBC’s Chris Hayes that a midterm Republican sweep would end “voting as we know it.”
On MSNBC and CBS, frequent replacement host Jason Johnson and guest Ian Bremmer both said Republican wins in November would be the result of cheating, or at least make the election look illegitimate.
“[A] The bottom line about why Republicans are optimistic about next year, even if they wave and wrap themselves in a Trump burrito, is that they’re going to cheat,” Johnson said on MSNBC.
Ian Bremmer was less explicit in his perception of the upcoming elections.
“The United States has an increasingly broken, increasingly delegitimized electoral process. In the midterm elections in particular, if you have a significant victory for a Republican party led by Trump, that means 2024 will be considered as an illegitimate and potentially constitutional crisis,” Bremmer said.
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In a first look at the 2022 midterm elections, Republicans retain a narrow advantage over Democrats on the generic Congressional ballot – as voters say they are less likely to support a candidate endorsed by President Biden or the President. former President Trump, according to the latest Fox News survey of registered voters.
If the congressional election were held today, 49% would vote for their district’s Republican nominee, while 45% would go for the Democrat, according to a Fox News poll of registered voters. It’s the third month in a row the GOP has the edge: Republicans held a 1-point advantage last month (44% vs. 43%) and were up 4 points in December (43% vs. 39%).
Fox News’ Victoria Balara contributed to this report.