If you needed concrete proof that the left’s #Resistance against Donald Trump has completely run out of gas, look no further than the latest Rasmussen poll. Trump now has the approval of 51% of likely voters, contrasted with 48% disapproval. As Rasmussen points out, this is not only a new high for the president but is actually four percent higher than Barack Obama’s approval ratings at this point in his first term.
Of course, this record is even more astounding if you take all factors into consideration.
Factor #1: The News Coverage
No president in modern American history has been subject to the kind of biased onslaught of bad press as Donald J. Trump. Even in the absolute worst moments in the Iraq War when it seemed as though you couldn’t find anyone in politics who would admit to voting for George W. Bush, the coverage was not NEARLY this bad. Yes, you had people like Keith Olbermann on MSNBC riding right up to the line of calling Bush a war criminal, but that was one fringe character on one fringe network. Today’s Trump coverage is like Olbermann X 1,000. It’s non-stop, it’s caustic, and it’s total.
On the other hand, Obama was covered as if he were the returning Messiah himself. We don’t need to belabor that point because we all lived through those frustrating eight years, but suffice to say, Obama’s MSM coverage was every bit as good as Trump’s is bad. And yet here we are, with Trump actually pulling ahead of Obama in the polls. It’s remarkable.
Factor #2: Trump’s Divisiveness
Unlike nearly every president before him, Trump has made little effort to “reach out” to the other side. Past presidents, Republican and Democrat alike, have at least given lip service to the idea that now that the campaign is over, it’s time to work together and blah blah blah. It rarely translates to bipartisan governing (and in Obama’s case, it hardly even got to the point of lip service), but it’s something presidents say. Trump tried that approach for a while, but mostly he has remained in campaign mode, fully willing to use the presidential bully pulpit to push HIS agenda, no matter who gets their fee-fees hurt in the process. And yet still, he now has the support of the majority of Americans.
Factor #3: Social Media
There has perhaps never been a time in America where people had less incentive to buck up, take a big gulp, and admit that they were wrong about something. So many people have their identities wrapped up in their social media personas that it’s more important to APPEAR right than to actually BE right. This leads people to basically ignore any evidence that goes against their concrete worldview and plug their ears if someone on the other side begins making a little too much sense. So for this many likely voters to have come around to this president really says something about what he’s done over the last year.
We’re still a long way from 2020, but we’d be willing to bet that there are a lot of Democrats these days who are getting mighty nervous about their chances.