President Biden, President Trump, Ken Walsh discussed on WTOP 24 Hour News


The wharf in D.C., it's four 40. As the challenges confronting President Biden intensify, his predictions of a rosy political future for the Democratic Party are actually growing bolder. He believes Democrats are going to hold on to the House after November's midterm elections and will pick up as many as four seats in the Senate. Ken Walsh, White House and political analyst for U.S. news and World Report, joined us earlier to talk about it. All the signs point to a very difficult midterm election for the Democrats could we actually disastrous for them. History indicates that this is happening polling indicates it's happening. It's very likely that Democrats are going to lose control of the House and probably the Senate. But President Biden has said as he just said in an interview with The Associated Press this past week, he feels part of his job is to be confident and that's what he's trying to project. It really flies in the face of what seemed to be increasing reality here, but this is what he feels like he has to do. And the polling isn't about the 40% job approval rate fluctuates around. It's not awful, but it's very mediocre. And it's a real danger sign on how things will work out for the Democrats in the midterms. As we watch the January 6th hearings unfold, what impact if any are they having on all this right now? That's a very good question. I think what's happening with that is that before president Trump is getting a tremendous amount of negative attention for this for encouraging the insurrection and for saying that he really should not be held responsible for this sort of thing. And so solidifying the impression people have that something went very wrong on that day, despite what former president Trump says that this was just a relatively minor incident. But I don't think it's changing the fundamental dynamic of our presidential politics. President Trump's supporters still support him very strongly. He has about 80%, 90% of the Republican Party behind him. That's not changing. So it's really solidifying the status quo. Democrats dislike him intensely. Republicans like him a lot. The people in the middle don't really have a lot of qualms about him, but they also have a lot of qualms about President Biden. So it's not changing things much, but it's solidifying the status quo. Yeah, we're just sort of waiting for that bombshell to come out and there have been many interesting things that have come out and some that might qualify as very significant, but that big headline that we've been waiting for hasn't really come. That's right, exactly. And to people who follow this closely, there's a lot of really devastating information that's come out about former president Trump and how he handled this riot basically at the capitol and how he tried to turn the election around even though he lost. Really skating around the edges of impropriety or certainly impropriety, maybe even illegality. But as you say, not the smoking gun and it doesn't feel like there will be one. Ken Walsh, White House and political analyst for U.S. news and World Report, coming up a fatal crash in loudoun county. It's four 43. An orthopedic surgeon makes understanding pain, painless. It's the biggest frustration that patients have. This is doctor Pamela Mehta

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