The day that Trump was gifted the presidency by the Electoral College, his approval ratings were the lowest in history for a newly elected president; this fact has only become worse. Today his rating is at 34 percent, the lowest in history for a president who has only been in office for seven months and seven days. President Obama never had such a low approval rating in eight years although the right wing made a concerted effort to discredit his accomplishments. Accomplishments are the key word; Trump has zero as of this date.
“Most presidents begin with a honeymoon period and then go down from that, and Trump had no honeymoon,” said Gallup editor-in-chief Frank Newport.
Let’s be honest here; 34 percent is too high. Trump has not only failed to govern effectively, he has proposed many actions which are intended to destroy our freedoms and remove our rights. He supports the one-percent, of which he is a member, and chooses to remove the accomplishments made for the majority in the last 60 years. His agenda will harm the core of his supporters more than any other demographic.
Without the support of a hypocritical Republican congress, Trump’s ratings would be ten points lower. Although Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell are under attack from their illegitimate president, they continue to support his disastrous agenda.
The most important fact about Trump’s illegitimate presidency is that because much of the focus has been on his connections with Russia, and his admission that he is a white supremacist, issues which are important to all Americans have been ignored. The number of families living in poverty is rising. Hate crimes in America have increased by 800 percent. Well-paying jobs are not returning to our shores. North Korea is the greatest danger to the world since the cold war ended in the 1980’s. Not one of these issues has been adequately addressed by Trump’s administration; his tweets and rallies have produced a need for all of his staff to constantly defend him.
Only a ‘presidential act’ by Trump can cause his approval ratings to rise, and that will require a national disaster.
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Op-ed by James Turnage
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