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‘The Five’ Co-Host Tarlov Gets Wrecked For Comments About Donald Trump

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Jessica Tarlov, the lone liberal co-host of Fox News’ top-rated “The Five,” tried to insinuate that former President Donald Trump’s mental capacities are similar to those of President Joe Biden during a show segment on Wednesday.

The panel was discussing an Axios report that said the White House has made some major adjustments to help prevent President Joe Biden from falling so much, such as changing to sneakers instead of dress shoes and using a shorter set of stairs to board Air Force One. In addition, the report said Biden has undergone physical therapy since late 2021.

Tarlov responded by ticking off mistakes Trump has made within just the past 10 days, including when he “said you need an ID to buy bread. Has anyone shown ID to get Wonderbread lately?”

“He said that he ran against Obama in 2016. He ran against Hillary Clinton,” Tarlov continued. “He warned that Biden would get us into World War II, which I’m pretty sure we already fought and won. And yesterday, he confused Jeb Bush and George W. Bush and said Jeb got us involved in the Middle East.”

Tarlov then ripped what she described as Trump’s “authoritarian posts” on his Truth Social platform.

She noted that Trump hinted that outgoing Joint Chiefs chairman and Army Gen. Mark Milley was guilty of treason for consulting with the Chinese during the tumultuous post-2020 election period and said he threatened to investigate Comcast, the parent company of NBCUniversal, NBC News, and MSNBC, if he won back the presidency.

“Can you imagine if Biden said, ‘You know what, I’m going to look into that Fox News? They don’t seem to like me over there,’” asked Tarlov.

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“This may be the choice that people have. Trump versus Biden laid bare here,” co-host Martha MacCallum responded.

“At least Trump can say ‘LL Cool J,’” said Jesse Watters.

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The poll numbers for President Joe Biden continue to plummet.

In early November, New York Times/Siena College polls indicated that Trump was leading in four of the six swing states; however, additional signs of Biden’s electoral danger quickly surfaced. The president’s advantage over Trump in head-to-head matches is decreasing.

In all but two of the most recent polls conducted this month by 13 different pollsters, Biden’s standing is lower than it was in their earlier surveys.

Additionally, Trump has begun to gather momentum even though polls indicate that the majority of the movement is coming from voters who are switching from Biden to Trump, even though they may still remain undecided.

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Now, more than at any other time in the previous year, Trump has a larger vote share, according to the average national poll.

The data at the state level is equally impressive. Apart from the polls conducted by the New York Times and Siena, over the past seven days, additional surveys have indicated that Trump is leading by 8 points in Arizona and 5 points in Michigan.

Several factors, including the emergence of independent and third-party candidates who have the potential to deflect votes from both Biden and Trump, the onset of war in the Middle East, and Biden’s recent decline and political predicament approximately 11 months before Election Day, indicate that Biden is losing ground to both Trump and dependable Democratic constituencies.

The results of this week’s NBC News poll were startling: Trump defeated Biden 46 percent to 42 percent of voters under the age of 35.

While that was well within the wide margin of error for such a small subgroup, other polls indicate a tight race with a Democratic constituency that has historically been dependable. In surveys conducted this month by Quinnipiac University (Biden +9), Fox News (Biden +7), and Morning Consult (Biden +2), Biden’s leads among voters aged 18 to 34 were all in the single digits. (Trump prevailed over Biden in all four voter surveys.)

While there are a few polls that indicate Biden has a lead among young voters approaching his 2020 margins, these are the exception rather than the rule.

In the FiveThirtyEight average earlier this month, Biden’s approval rating dropped to 38%, the lowest level since July 2022. In a similar vein, Biden’s reading of 40% in RealClearPolitics this month was his lowest since August 2022.

In the meantime, Trump’s popularity is growing. When it comes to Trump’s position against Biden in head-to-head comparisons, RealClearPolitics’ average for the past little over a year has shown him to be between 42 and 46 percent.

Not only did Trump surpass 46 percent for the first time this month, but he also surpassed 47 percent this week, roughly matching his vote share from the 2020 election.

Trump is becoming more popular, according to polls that track undecided voters. One such poll by Fox News showed Trump leading Biden by a slim margin, 50% to 46%.

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