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Here’s what’s happening in Trump’s America:
• It’s yet another day of campaign travel for Trump, who on Wednesday is headed to Erie, Pennsylvania, for a campaign rally.
• Before he leaves for the Keystone State, Trump first has an 11:45 a.m. meeting with Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen and Federal Emergency Management Agency administrator Brock Long to discuss preparations for Hurricane Michael, which has strengthened into a deadly Category 4 storm ahead of making landfall on the Florida Panhandle.
• At 12:45 p.m., Trump has lunch with Secretary of Defense James Mattis, followed by a bill signing at 2 p.m. for two pieces of legislation on prescription drug pricing. The bills make it easier for people to inquire about lower-cost drug options.
• At 3:50 p.m., Trump then leaves for Pennsylvania. Upon his arrival at 6:20 p.m., he’ll hold a high-dollar fundraiser before holding his rally for GOP Senate nominee Lou Barletta. Barletta badly trails Democratic Sen. Bob Casey in polls, and political handicappers rate the race as a “likely Democratic” contest. It’s a far cry from the competitive nature of Pennsylvania’s Senate race in 2016.
About last night: The GOP claim that Kavanaugh helped their midterm hope was ... wrong
Republicans, elated over their successful confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, claimed the battle over Kavanaugh’s nomination energized the Republican base and helped their party’s quest to retain their House and Senate majorities in November.
But two national polls have now been released that demolish this narrative, with both showing that it’s Democrats who are energized over the Kavanaugh fight.
A CNN poll released Tuesday found Democratic enthusiasm climbed to its highest level of the cycle, as did the party’s lead on the generic congressional ballot — a good indicator of which party will win control of Congress.
And on Wednesday, Politico/Morning Consult released a poll with similar results, finding Democratic enthusiasm rose, Trump’s approval fell and Democrats increased their generic ballot lead following the Kavanaugh fight.
According to the Politico/Morning Consult poll, 77% of Democrats say they are “very motivated” to vote in November, as opposed to the 68% of Republicans who are “very motivated.”
Democrats also opened up a 10-point lead on the generic congressional ballot, with 48% of voters saying they will vote for Democrats in November as opposed to the 38% who say they will back Republicans. That’s up from the 7-point generic ballot lead Politico/Morning Consult found in a poll last week.
The results in both the CNN and Politico/Morning Consult polls also showed women are a key factor to Democrats’ lead.
The Politico/Morning Consult poll found 57% of women voters say they are “very motivated” to vote in November, as opposed to 32% of men who say the same. And CNN found a massive gender gap in the generic ballot, with 63% of women backing the Democratic Party candidate, as opposed to the 45% of men who say they will vote for Democrats in November.
“One reason not to really trust the conventional wisdom about how Kavanaugh’s confirmation will out play politically is because the conventional wisdom is overwhelmingly formulated by dudes,” FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver tweeted Tuesday.
Today in Trump’s America: Trump pens alarmist op-ed in USA Today accusing Democrats of being socialists
Trump has brought his inflammatory campaign rhetoric to the pages of USA Today, writing an op-ed that accuses Democrats of wanting to turn the United States into Venezuela with their “Medicare for All” plan, which Trump says “threatens America’s seniors.”
“The Democrats’ plan means that after a life of hard work and sacrifice, seniors would no longer be able to depend on the benefits they were promised,” Trump wrote. “By eliminating Medicare as a program for seniors, and outlawing the ability of Americans to enroll in private and employer-based plans, the Democratic plan would inevitably lead to the massive rationing of health care.”
Trump also falsely claims in the op-ed that he is protecting pre-existing conditions, when his Department of Justice is doing the exact opposite with a lawsuit that seeks to remove pre-existing condition protections.
Trump’s op-ed comes as Democrats hammer Republicans on the television airwaves on health care, pointing out in ad after ad that the GOP’s health care plan that failed to pass Congress last year would have eliminated protections for people with pre-existing conditions and charged seniors more for coverage.
And the rest...
EPA administrator likes racist posts on social media: Acting Environmental Protection Agency administrator Andrew Wheeler “repeatedly engaged with inflammatory content,” HuffPost reported, including racist images of former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama as well as “Pizzagate” conspiracy theories.
Michael Bloomberg registers as a Democrat: The former mayor of New York who went from being a Democrat to a Republican to an independent has now officially re-registered as a Democrat ahead of the 2018 midterms and a possible 2020 bid for president.
“At key points in U.S. history, one of the two parties has served as a bulwark against those who threaten our Constitution,” Bloomberg wrote in an Instagram post filling out his registration form. “Two years ago at the Democratic Convention, I warned of those threats. Today, I have re-registered as a Democrat – I had been a member for most of my life – because we need Democrats to provide the checks and balance our nation so badly needs.”
Nikki Haley unexpectedly resigns: Trump lost another senior official on Tuesday, when UN Ambassador Nikki Haley announced she will leave her post at the end of the year. Her resignation came as a shock to people within the Trump administration.
Correction: Oct. 10, 2018
An earlier version of this article mischaracterized Michael Bloomberg’s political affiliation history. He went from Democrat to Republican to independent before becoming a Democrat again.