Arizona Trump Voters Didn’t Buy the President’s False Attack Ad on Biden

Gov. Ducey standing next to President Trump

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By Jessica Swarner

August 10, 2020

Biden has gone on the record saying he does not support defunding the police. 

A recent NPR/Marist focus group of Phoenix-area voters showed even President Donald Trump’s supporters didn’t buy into his ad accusing Joe Biden of wanting to defund police departments. 

The ad, which the president’s campaign has reportedly since pulled, showed an elderly woman calling 911 about noises in her house, but there’s no one available to answer the call. 

At the same time, a news report is playing in the background linking Biden to defunding police and saying crime will increase. The ad ends with a message telling viewers they “won’t be safe” if the former vice president is elected. 

One of the focus group’s eight members, who considers herself pro-Trump, said the ad is “very far from reality.” 

Another Trump supporter pointed out that the ad misrepresents Biden’s platform. 

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The Democrat has gone on the record saying he does not support defunding the police. In fact, he supports sending more funding their way in order to enact reform. 

“We don’t have to defund the police departments,” Biden told reporters last month. “We have to make sure they meet minimum basic standards of decency.” 

The Washington Post and CNN both fact checked the ad and called its claims “false” and “nonsense.”

Expectedly, Biden supporters scoffed at Trump’s attack ad, with one calling it an example of the president being a “fearmonger.” 

The ad also didn’t hit home with undecided voters. One called it “extremist” and said her concerns about crime increasing are more about the country’s economic situation than Biden’s policies. 

“I think Biden is a more reasonable person [than Trump],” that voter said. “I think he’s a more nonreactive person, like, Trump is so reactive, it’s scary, right? He just reacts rather than thinking about it.”

As of Monday, a RealClearPolitics average of national polls showed Biden ahead of Trump by nearly seven points.

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  • Jessica Swarner

    Jessica Swarner is the community editor for The Copper Courier. She is an ASU alumna and previously worked at KTAR News 92.3 FM in Phoenix.



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