Vote now for Best of Detroit 2021

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Let's all pretend Biden isn't leading Trump by 16 points in Michigan and act accordingly

Posted By on Tue, Jun 16, 2020 at 12:34 PM

  • Matt Smith Photographer /

According to a new poll from EPIC-MRA, former Vice President (and presumptive 2020 Democratic presidential nominee) Joe Biden is leading Donald Trump 55%-39% in Michigan, a 16-point margin.

This is notable because Michigan was one of a handful of states that unexpectedly handed Trump the presidency in 2016, where he eked out a win against Hillary Clinton by a mere 10,000 or so votes. It almost feels like we can breathe a sigh of relief knowing our battleground state is poised to reject Trump in 2020.

This, of course, would be foolish. Clinton also led Trump in polls. We liberal snowflakes can't become complacent again.

Sure, Biden wasn't our first pick for prez... We felt the Bern here at MT, and gave Bernie Sanders our full-throated endorsement for president in March. And we weren't alone: for a brief time Sanders was the frontrunner, until the moderate candidates dropped out and coalesced behind Biden. We held out hope that our man Sanders could regain his footing. We especially thought his calls for universal health care would resonate during a global pandemic that crippled the economy. But with Sanders officially suspending his campaign and Biden amassing the necessary 1,991 delegates to win the nomination, we're going to have to go with the best functioning adult instead.

There's a lot we don't like about Biden. His views on marijuana prohibition are behind the times, he can say some truly cringe-worthy stuff, has a mountain of allegations of inappropriate behavior from women, he's too close to the Ukraine scandal, and his campaign strategy generally seems to be to make himself as small as possible until he's the last man standing. It seems to be working, however.

Even Bill Gelineau, the 2018 Libertarian Party candidate for Michigan's governor, told us he would vote for Biden over the then-likely Libertarian Party presidential candidate Justin Amash, saying the stakes were too high to allow Trump to get re-elected, who he called a threat to our country.

If you don't see Trump as a clear threat to our democracy, you need to wake up.

So we need to all hop on the No Malarkey Express, pronto, and go ridin' with Biden until Nov. 3. Once we're free of Trump, then we can get to work on Joe.

Stay on top of Detroit news and views. Sign up for our weekly issue newsletter delivered each Wednesday.

Tags: , , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Detroit Metro Times Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Metro Times Press Club for as little as $5 a month.

Most Popular

Read the Digital Print Issue

October 20, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation