Does empathy matter to voters?

“The View” co-hosts react to presidential candidate Joe Biden’s video message addressing the nation and question if voters are more likely to respond to that kind of compassion.
7:30 | 05/29/20

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You know, this week America hit said milestone of reaching 100,000 lives lost to covid-19, and presidential candidate Joe Biden posted this video to address it. Take a look. There are moments in our history so grim that there are moments in our hearts, shared grief. Each one will leave behind a family. I know there's nothing I can say or do to dull the sharpness of the pain right now, but I can promise you from experience the day will come when the memory of your loved one will bring a smile to your lips before it brings a tear to your eyes. So given where America is at right now, that's what you want in a person running for president or, you know, just in a leader. That's what you want, compassion, and I wonder if voters are more likely to respond to that kind of compassion or what you know whose approach is. What's your feeling, joy? Well, they have a choice more than I have seen in many years. Usually they say the Democrats and the Republican parties are very similar. I don't think in this case they the voters have to decide if they want somebody like Joe Biden who has suffered horrendous loss in his life, who seems to be an empathic person, or do they want someone who makes fun of the handicapped, dead heroes and throws paper towels at people during hurricanes? That's basically the choice that they have. What do you want, you know? Right. I mean, I know that trump then tweeted something about the 100,000 dead, but that's only because Joe Biden did it. I bet he would rather be out playing golf. The whole country has to suffer because his father liked his brother better or something. I mean, the man is lacking a genetic part of his life, or part of his makeup, and that is empathy. He doesn't have it. You can't develop it. I don't think that he will ever -- he's old now. Forget about it. He's never going to have it. You know who says he wants to be a cheerleader for America, but is that the best way to show us that he wants to be a cheerleader for America, sunny? Well, I think actions speak louder than words, and I don't think people really want to hear from president trump right now in the manner within which he is speaking. I mean, 70 days were lost by the trump administration in terms of responding to the coronavirus. It's been well documented now that had the administration acted sooner, about 60,000 lives could have been saved and, you know, all the misinformation that we hear from president trump, the malicious publication of tweets disparaging people, attacking people. There's nothing really to be a cheerleader for America about coming from the way he has handled this crisis. You don't want to cheer about the fact that there are 100,000 people's loved ones dead. Right. I don't think -- it's not even a matter of approach. It's a matter of the messenger, and I don't think people want him to be the messenger. So who's more likely to strike the chord with voters here, Meghan? What I think is interesting is most political analysts, myself included have been waiting to read some of the tea leaves about this pandemic. Given the controversial handling of it, and obviously the fact that this is a virus that impacts people over the age of 60 at a much higher likelihood than people under the age of 60, I have been curious to see how this is going to play out, and what's interesting is a new quinnipiac poll came out saying that 52% of people over 65 in Florida are now supporting Biden over trump, and we've seen when it comes to the senior citizens vote, a huge point of senior citizens turning in swing states on president trump which is fascinating given that in the last election, trump beat Hillary Clinton in this very important demographic by 17 points. I think when you see people like Kevin Hassett who was the economic adviser to president trump saying things, humans are a human stock capital going back to work. Comparing people to that, and then rhetoric about opening up the economy which we all agree with, but sort of with this narrative that it's an older person's disease so maybe it doesn't matter as much. Younger people are going to thrive in the economy, and I think when you are talking about the meat and potatoes of retail politics, everything is personal, and if you are a person who is in a swing state over the age of 65, you're, like, am I chopped liver? You're going to let this virus come and get me? I think actually more so than anything, trump and Biden are saying and campaigning on, I think they're -- trump's and his staff and his advisers' response and rhetoric seems to be moving the needle the most and it's fascinating to watch. Well, the most interesting thing to me has been over the last few days my remembering the panic of people when they were told we're closing American borders. So either you get back here, get your family or whatever you have to do. You have two days to do it, and remembering the visuals of all those people getting off planes from all over the world. I mean, sunny, something you said made me think of this, and that is even if he had done something 30 days sooner, it would have -- it would have diminished what he did later on by forcing people to come back without any thought to how we bring people back in, the fact that when you landed here, there was no checkpoints. There was nothing, and that those people spent five hours to nine hours in line trying to get their baggage, trying to get back in the country. All standing in these different airports, and that brought the strains from all over the world to all of our airports. That's why this has moved the way it has because had we been smart in how we got people back in the country, this never -- I don't think we would have ever seen what we've seen, but because everything was rushed, and that's what worries me about most of what he does. It's all rushed, and no thought to how it's going to play on real people's lives. It just -- it totally just really freaks me out from time to time. It really does. So I think, y'all, we're just -- this is what we're talking about for the next little while, and, you know, we're trying to make sure that we're doing the right I was going to say, you know, the people who are sticking with him also don't care if he has empathy. Maybe they don't have any. Ever since he locked those children up at the border, made fun of the handicapped -- I listed a few of the things, they have already been behind him, and not changed. It's still 43%. So the other side has to come out in enormous numbers because they're never going to change those people. That's how I see it. Well, we have until November. It's many days until then, and we'll keep watching. So "Harry potter" creator jk

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