RUSSIAN OFFICIAL CLAIMS PROTESTS TO SOLIDIFY TRUMP VOTERS
The chances that US President Donald Trump will be reelected at the November election will not be reduced due to the unrest gripping the United States after the death of Afro-American George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
On the contrary, the unrest will mobilize his electorate, Dmitry Suslov, Deputy Director of the Center for Comprehensive European and International Studies at the Russian Higher School of Economics (HSE) and an expert of the Valdai Discussion Club, told TASS on Saturday, June 13, 2020. Suslov’s thinking hews closely to the official Russian position of supporting Trump, who is behind Democratic presidential nominee by more than 14% in most polls.
"The protests are unlikely to ensure Donald Trump’s failure, since he has a grip on his electorate," said the expert. "On the contrary, the protests deepen divide in American society with regard to cultural values. The Democratic Party is dramatically shifting to the left in the wake of these protests."
The expert pointed out that the ideas of Bernie Sanders, a US Senator from Vermont and a Democratic presidential nominee who had dropped out of the presidential race, were becoming dominant among his fellow party members in spite of Sanders’ loss in the primaries. "Centrist democrats, such as House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi and former US Vice President Joseph Biden have to adapt to this and also lean to the left," he explained. "Most Republicans hold on to Trump. They continue to support him and look at the developments in the Democratic camp with enormous animosity and outright hostility."