As Democrat 2020 hopefuls dominate media coverage, Trump sees unexpected boost: Report

March 17, 2019

With more than a dozen Democrats vying for the party’s 2020 presidential nomination, the mainstream media’s attention has been focused squarely on the budding campaigns, giving a much-needed break to their regular punching bag: President Donald Trump.

According to a report from Washington Examiner, the likes of CNN and MSNBC are so busy lauding their 2020 hopefuls that there isn’t enough time for their usual number of attacks on the president. And constant coverage of the Dems’ new star freshman, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), isn’t helping their case, either.

GOP strategists say this development can only mean good news for President Trump, who is currently in the process of compiling a 2020 campaign team for himself.

Doubling Down on the Dems

According to a study by media analytics firm Meltwater, “leading Democrats” — including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), and presidential contenders like Sen. Elizabeth Warren (MA), former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (TX), Sen. Kamala Harris (CA), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) — are slowly but surely taking over media coverage on many of the major networks.

Since the congressional turnover in January, the Democrats’ media coverage has more than doubled from all of last year: In 2018, just 8 percent of the mainstream media’s airtime was spent on Dems. In the first two-and-a-half months of 2019, that number has jumped to a whopping 20 percent.

“That means Trump is still receiving the lion’s share of the limelight,” the Examiner reported, “but Republicans say the downward trend is what matters.”

“We’ve had our best two months in the last two years — since Elizabeth Warren announced for president on Dec. 31,” said veteran Republican strategist Jeff Roe, who worked on Ted Cruz’s 2016 campaign. “For the first two years [of his presidency], all we talked about was Trump. The game has just changed, and it’s helping Trump.”

Socialists’ Stats Skyrocket

The Examiner also reported that Democrats have seen an uptick in social media engagement — that is, the number of “likes,” comments, and other interactions they see on their posts.

According to the media analytics firm Shareablee, Trump’s engagement this year has risen by 31 percent. But during that same period, Ocasio-Cortez’s rose a whopping 20,000 percent.

Kamala Harris saw a 258 percent increase during that time, while Bernie Sanders saw a 181 percent raise, and Pelosi’s engagement was up 114 percent.

And there’s yet another piece of the puzzle that could mean bad news for Democrats: The intense coverage of their platform has shown Americans the Dems’ true colors going into 2020, and it’s safe to say that most Americans haven’t gotten behind their overtly leftist, oftentimes socialist, ideas.

“Trump does not have to beat Bill Clinton’s Democratic Party, and he could not,” said GOP media consultant Brad Todd. “He doesn’t even have to beat Barack Obama’s Democratic party. He just has to beat Bernie and AOC’s Democratic party, and it’s further out of the mainstream than any of its predecessors.”

In other words: Let the Democrat-centered headlines continue. It can only mean good things for the man in the White House.


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Robert Ayers

Robert Ayers is a staff writer for Conservative Institute. He has a bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University and a J.D. from the University of Connecticut.