New Gallup polls are showing Trump’s approval rating rising to 49%. For a president in office during a pandemic, this level of approval is almost remarkable.
Why does Trump continue to defy the odds? CNN, MSNBC, the New York Times, and all the other pillars of the Establishment media have spent Trump’s entire term questioning his credentials.
They are not wrong to do so.
Trump has seldom shown signs of being a competent president. His recent press conferences are only a new iteration in a long list of buffoonery. If Trump is really bad at his job when then does his approval rating keep rising. Check out this tweet from Rachel Maddow.
Let this sink in. https://t.co/TY3LJ5UYPz
— Rachel Maddow MSNBC (@maddow) May 2, 2020
Putting aside the cliched ‘let this sink in’ snobbery, Rachel Maddow is not wrong. The US is arguably going through its worst crisis since World War II. Trump by all standards has done a remarkably poor job at handling this crisis. While the US is not the only country to misjudge the crisis, leaders of other countries are not telling the public to inject bleach or protest on the streets.
How is Trump’s approval rating still at 49%?
The Scorn of Mainstream Media – Trump’s Greatest Advantage
All the brainless praise Trump gets from Sean Hannity and Fox News is balanced out by non-stop attacks on him by mainstream media. For a better part of the Trump presidency, Rachel Maddow spent her platform cooking up conspiracy theories on Russian interference in 2016.
Robert Mueller was Jesus Christ in the liberal establishment media. Michael Avennati was Luke Skywalker to the good folks at CNN terrorized by Darth Vader in the White House.
Any real critique against Trump got lost between the fake Russiagate fiasco and the hollow impeachment charade. How many hours did the media spend questioning Saudi officials staying at Trump’s hotel in DC? When Jimmy Carter was elected president in ’76, he was forced to give up his peanut farm. Why didn’t the media question Trump on emoluments?
The attacks on Trump looked exactly as they were designed to be, relentless and vapid. This single-mindedness may find supporters amongst rich liberals with a moral compass, but the rest of the country has grown tired of the circus.
Any critique mounted by Maddow on Trump has no value now. The same is true for Don Lemon at CNN or any mainstream host or pundit. After spending the last three and a half years dunking on Trump, anything they now say has no credibility.
The North Korea Story – An Example
Let’s take the North Korea story as an example. When Trump first engaged with North Korea, he did what he always does.
Shenanigans. Calling Kim Jong Un fat and rocketman, threatening to reduce North Korea to rubble, and the rest of the things in his closet, Trump did what he was known for during his days sitting in the penthouse of Trump Tower.
The media lost their minds. Nothing surprising to discuss here.
Then, when Trump actually brought Supreme Leader Kim out of his fortress in Pyongyang, the media thought Trump helped China. They demanded Trump be more ruthless with dictators like Kim.
This kind of cognitive dissonance may be easy to digest for unprincipled liberal hacks, but the rest of the country is not as simple-minded. Kim Jong Un may be a bad man, but the American public doesn’t want anything to do with him. Instead of giving Trump his due and saying he did a fine job in bringing North Korea to the table, they kept attacking relentlessly.
Something similar happened when Trump decided to bring troops back from Syria. Regardless of the tactical ramifications of pulling out, the American public has no patience to stay in the Middle East anymore. No matter how bad Assad is, he is not launching a full-scale invasion of the United States.
Mainstream media, naturally, doesn’t understand this non-interventionist position of the American public. Co-opted by the military-industrial complex, they are ready to cheer like mindless hacks whenever a missile is launched.
The Public Hates the Media More Than Trump
The enemy of my enemy is my friend. This may not be an exact truth, but it does work on some level in social situations.
More than Trump, the American public hates the media. The public views the media with great contempt due to their heedless cooption with the establishment.
The vapid, non-sensical approach of the media on issues that actually mean something to the American public is staggering. Stories on Russiagate and Stormy Daniels are given credence over the endless regime change wars, the opioid crisis, criminal justice reform, the decline of American manufacturing, clean water in Flint, and countless other issues.
How many stories did the good people at MSNBC, CNN, and the New York Times cover on wealth inequality and income stagnation?
The media is hated because it kowtows to power. It is no surprise that when mainstream media criticizes Trump, the American public finds something amusingly nice about Trump.
The enemy of my enemy may not be my friend, but he is more tolerable than my enemy. This is why Trump’s approval rating continues to defy logic.