Even though Trump supporters like to accuse those who oppose him of being “delicate snowflakes,” the truth is, they’re some of the most easily-triggered, whiny, overly-sensitive folks around. Pointing out anything negative about him, even if it’s quoting something he’s said verbatim, can often trigger a massive hissy fit from anyone who supports him.
I’ll admit, sometimes I like to rile up Trump supporters just for fun. I get a kick watching them rant and rave about Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton simply because they can’t defend something factual I just told them about their “president.”
That said, some numbers Trump and his supporters most certainly will not like seeing are those from a recent survey from Suffolk University that found his support among Fox News viewers — yes, the network that’s essentially become his own version of state-run media — has plummeted over the last several months.
As reported by Newsweek:
In June, 90 percent of respondents in a Suffolk University poll who said they trust Fox over other news networks viewed Trump favorably, but by October, approval had fallen to 74 percent and plummeted to 58 percent in December.
For those of you who don’t feel like doing the math, that’s a 32 point decline in just a few months — from Fox News viewers.
These are people who trust Fox News over any other network, a cable news channel that’s spent about 90 percent of its airtime doing everything it can to prop-up and promote Trump, who are turning on him at a staggering rate.
Keep in mind, these numbers go along with other recent statistics that show Trump’s support among white voters has dropped 8 percent since February.
While that might not seem like much, I think it’s important to understand that this is a “president” who wasn’t exactly elected on a tidal wave of popularity and support. Going into office, which is usually a time in a presidency where a president is most popular, Trump was already experiencing extremely low approval ratings for a newly-elected “president” coming off an election where he got nearly 3 million fewer votes than Hillary Clinton, with 54 percent of Americans voting against him in one way or another. That makes any drop in support significant, especially when it’s coming from two core demographics: White voters and people who trust Fox News.
However, seeing as most people who trust Fox News are white voters, these numbers do make sense.
Whenever Trump’s approval rating is brought up, I like to mention that he’s experiencing these historically low numbers during economic circumstances that are usually very… very favorable for presidents.
Stocks are high, consumer confidence is up, we’re still creating jobs, and unemployment is low. Normally a president dealing with this economy would be enjoying approval ratings in the high 50s or even into the 60s — but not Trump. So just imagine how low his approval rating would sink if we have even the slightest downward spiral in the economy?
He could easily see his already pathetically low approval rating sink into the 20s.
While I’m sure Trump and his supporters would dismiss these numbers as “fake news,” that doesn’t change the reality of what they are. Just because these folks choose to keep denying reality doesn’t mean that it’s not real.
There’s no way to predict how the future of Trump’s “presidency” is going to go, but if the first few months are any indication, with his biggest “accomplishment” being bragging about economic data he had almost nothing to do with (much of the same data he called fake all of last year), then I think it’s safe to say that he’s going to go down as one of the worst “presidents” in United States history.
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