The larger context here is that numerous Democratic outside groups are now ramping up the spending on ads hitting Trump over coronavirus, as my Post colleague Isaac Stanley-Becker recently reported.
The ads are target what Democrats call “potential Trump defectors,” including rural and small-town working-class whites who might have supported Trump in 2016 after backing Barack Obama in 2012. Other potential swing voters that might be swayed, Democrats hope, include suburban voters and professionals who might be GOP-leaning but are recoiling at Trump’s mismanagement.
What’s crucial here is that the words captured in this ad have reflected an actual mind-set that has had terrible real-world consequences — and continues to do so. Trump’s consistent downplaying of coronavirus and his relentless deceptions about his own administration’s catastrophic performance are a massive obstacle to mitigating it….