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Trump Base Finally Begins Deserting Him

Trump Base Finally Begins Deserting Him

By Dennis Loo (6/19/17)

Newsweek's 6/16/17 reports on polls, showing that the snowball against Trump has finally begun its inevitable picking up in his base. The article states:

In just one month, the percentage of Republicans who thought America was heading in the right direction dropped a full 17 percentage points—from 58 percent in May to 41 percent in June—according to a Gallup survey released this week. Overall, just 24 percent of Americans are pleased with the direction the country is heading

This is on the heels of the 5/11/17 Newsweek article with these gems:

The Quinnipiac University survey found that just 36 percent of voters approve of the job Trump is doing, while 58 percent disapprove. That's a "near-record" negative rating and a drop from last month, the poll noted. In its April 19 poll, Quinnipiac University found Trump's approval rating stood at 40 percent with 56 percent disapproving.

As for those who played a pivotal role is Trump's election:

Forty-seven percent of white voters with no college degree approved of Trump's job performance, while 46 percent disapproved, the survey found. That's a steep drop in support from last month, when 57 percent approved of Trump, and compare that to exit polls in November that found 67 percent of non-college-educated whites voted for Trump, the highest such figure for any candidate since 1980.

Just 48 percent of white men approved of Trump's job performance, while 46 percent disapproved in the latest Quinnipiac survey. In its April 19 poll, a majority of white men, 53 percent, approved of the president and 38 percent disapproved. Exit polls found 62 percent of white men voted for Trump in November.

 

Now whether or not non-college degreed white men are Trump's most dependable base is debatable. Nonetheless, the cracks are finally showing, even among his much-touted base. This may not be a crowd that reads the New York Times or Washington Post, or keeps up with the news, but they, like POTUS, watch TV, and who came off credible and who didn't, was clear once Comey's testimony was telecast live, as I anticipated: "While most of Trump’s base still continue to support him because they are only listening to what Fox News says, as soon as the indictments and testimony begin to occur, then it will no longer only be through the right-wing’s filter but something to watch, enthralling the way Watergate TV hearings were. Trump stops looking like a winner and starts looking like a loser 'bigly.'"

The question now is how much longer the fool remains in office? His immediate VP Pence may assume office for awhile, but he too will suffer enough damage in the process that he will follow. Newt Gingrich can go find another cause or person to be a hypocrite around. Now who's engaged in a "witch hunt" and who is trading in "fake news?" Trump supporters thought Trump was at least a bully for them. What they are beginning to see he's just a bully, period.

Another issue is this: are we fighting to prevent fascist norms being established via this regime or are we fighting to take advantage of and maximize the gains achieved in reinforcing objective reality's value compared to the discrediting that right-wing values are suffering, beyond Trump's obvious (to use an understatement) shortcomings?

 

 

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