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    Clinton to Blame for Trump’s Poll Surge?

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    GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump appears to be surging in new polls, suggesting a shift toward his candidacy in the electoral map. Anoa Changa, host of the weekly The Way with Anoa progressive talk show, told Radio Sputnik’s Brian Becker that it’s mostly due to inadequacies in the campaign of Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.

    Changa said that she would not be surprised if Trump became the next US president, considering how the American electorate has shifted over the past several years.

    "The conventional pollster wisdom and even the traditional way people ran campaigns could not account for the way in which Donald Trump has now become a major political force…going into the general election," she said during the Loud & Clear broadcast.

    There's not much time left, she noted, until America decides its next Oval Office occupant, and if Clinton, the former US Secretary of State, wants to win, the Democrats will have to "shift their gears."

    Changa believes that Trump could win because he is not taken seriously. Mainstream media, searching for clicks and profit, give him ‘unbridled' access while other Republican candidates refused to attack him, hoping they would pick up his support base after he dropped out.

    As for Trump's phoenix-like comeback after polling very low against Clinton only two months ago, Changa suggests that it's primarily due to the Clinton campaign's inability to reach out to millennials.

    "'Donald Trump is evil' is just not enough to motivate people," she said, adding, "If you want to reach people, especially in the time when folks feel like their voice is not even being heard or respected, you really do need to meet them where they are, instead of just continuing to say the same thing. I feel almost like the Clinton campaign and the Democrats are tone deaf."

    Changa noted that over the last 7 years the Democrats have not changed their course, and seeing the US heading toward another election cycle with an unchanged policy platform is "disheartening."

    "It just seems like we are in a new era and they are not adapting quickly enough. This should not be so difficult for one of the most notable politicians in history… She should not be struggling against Donald Trump right now," Changa said.

    She added that she does not believe the polls that claim Trump has the support of black voters. But even if African-Americans do not vote for Trump, they may withhold their vote from the Democrats, simply because nothing significant has been done for the working class in recent years, and it doesn't seem like the situation will change with Clinton.

    Changa offered that Clinton's struggles in the polls are indicative of her campaign's failure to offer a convincing alternative.


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