Friday, January 13, 2017

Trouble in Trumpworld

It seems that Trump is squandering whatever good will he had during the election. There may be some “buyers remorse” out there in Trumpworld. Steve Benen (MSNBC/MaddowBlog) reports At this point, Americans aren’t buying what Trump is selling.

Donald Trump and his allies have invested quite a bit of energy in recent months into the idea that the Republican president-elect won a “landslide” victory. That’s demonstrably wrong: Trump lost the popular vote by nearly 3 million votes, and his electoral-vote totals were among the least impressive in modern American history.

But GOP partisans continue to push the line anyway, in part to help improve Trump’s legitimacy following an election in which his candidacy appears to have been boosted by a foreign adversary’s espionage operation, and in part because Republicans are desperate to claim a mandate for their far-right proposals.

I put together the above chart to help drive the point home: by the standards of the last quarter-century, Trump is faring quite poorly during his post-election “honeymoon” phase. Ordinarily, once a campaign is over, most Americans generally extend support to the incoming leader. This year, as the public watches Trump’s bizarre antics unfold during his transition period, the president-elect’s 44% approval is actually a little lower than the 46% of electorate that voted for him.

Might it be that Trump’s desire to repeal ACA quickly is because he knows that his chances of getting his radical stuff done are slipping away?

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