GOP Meets Limits to Donald Trump’s Victimhood Appeal

Former President Donald Trump signs items for a crowd of supporters at the Fort Dodge Senior High School on November 18, 2023, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. (Photo by Jim Vondruska/Getty Images)

Conventional wisdom among Democrats holds that President Joe Biden is being victimized by the mainstream media. 

Republicans—for whom disdain for the media is practically an article of faith—may be surprised to hear Democrats complain about “press coverage that unduly reflects GOP frames.” 

And yet, as many Democrats try to puzzle out why the incumbent is locked, even slightly behind, in a tight race with former President Donald Trump, many come back to the idea of “false equivalency” in coverage of the two presumptive nominees. In this telling, it is not that Biden’s age isn’t an issue, but that the news media gives equal weight to Biden’s infirmity and Trump’s misconduct. 

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