PBS reporter Yamiche Alcindor claimed on Monday that poor polling numbers — namely polls saying that nearly three-fourths of Americans believe the country is “on the wrong track” — were clear indicators that the American people were afraid former President Donald Trump would return to the White House.
Alcindor joined an MSNBC panel to discuss the recent NBC News poll — which had 74% of respondents saying they believed the country was headed “in the wrong direction” and just 21% saying that things were going well.
NBC's @Yamiche Alcindor on 74 percent of Americans saying the U.S. is on the wrong track: "They’re very worried about former President Trump coming back into power, or former President Trump or another Republican stealing the election in 2022 or 2024." pic.twitter.com/3DmsujpgDw
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) August 22, 2022
Host Jose Diaz Balart asked Alcindor why she believed that the American people were so unhappy — noting that the poll also indicated over half of American voters believed the country’s best days were in the past — while only around one-third believed the best days were still ahead.
“What you see, really, is — on the Democratic side — people that are very very worried about the direction of this country,” she began. “They’re very worried especially about former President Trump possibly coming back into power, or former President Trump or another Republican stealing the election in 2022 or 2024 because we’ve seen so many election deniers be elected.”
She went on to add that Democrats were also concerned about abortion rights, particularly since the decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization resulted in the overturning of landmark abortion case Roe v. Wade.
Republicans, she claimed, had completely bought into Trump’s claims that the election had been stolen and were more afraid of how many people believed the election was actually free and fair.
Only then did Alcindor turn to the struggling economy and the number of everyday Americans who were unable to keep up with record-high inflation and elevated gas prices, blaming Republicans for pushing the idea that the nation’s economic woes were far from over.
“You have a lot of Republicans running around the state who — around the country also — who are really saying this is gonna be an economic situation that we’re not gonna recover from and that President Biden is leading the country off of a cliff here,” she said.
She concluded by saying that people were also anxious because the pandemic wasn’t really over.
“LOL what?” replied the @JudiciaryGOP.
Lol what?! https://t.co/2xyoTBPxvd
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) August 22, 2022