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MSBC Says Trump’s Approval Rating During Pandemic Should ‘Concern’ The White House

It is no secret whatsoever that Trump has botched the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, analysts on MSNBC are breaking down just why he and his White House should be worried.

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As the cases spread and the death tolls mount, Trump continues to tout the idea that the economy will be opened soon and things will be business as usual. He is pushing this, of course, due to his reelection prospects being dashed with every day that the nation is on lockdown due to COVID-19.

MSNBC on Sunday had Republican operative Elise Jordan on the air, and she had quite a bit to say about what is going on. Host Alex Witt began:

“Let me take a look with you at this new CBS poll in which it shows 52 percent of Americans are feeling that the president is doing a bad job handling the coronavirus crisis That is more than the 47 percent who say that he’s doing a good job. The people who feel the president is doing a good job say their big reasons are that the virus is being contained and that doctors are getting the supplies they need. But those who feel that Trump is doing a bad job, Elise, feel the opposite is happening. Look, we’re all watching the same briefings. We all see the same stats. Why is it that there’s such different perspective on what’s happening?”

Elise Jordan pondered Alex Witt’s question, and said:

“The polls on how Donald Trump is handling the coronavirus pandemic have been fascinating just in that they’re so much like any other political poll and are divided along polarized lines of the political class these days, and so you see the polarization in how people perceive the crisis.Donald Trump has this small window of 5 percent with his own approval rating. He hovers from about 40 percent to 45 percent and he doesn’t — it doesn’t matter what’s really going on in the world. He really manages to hang tight there.”

This is true. Trump’s followers are something akin to a cult. No matter what he says or does, no matter how high the cases and the death toll mounts, the Donald Trump faithful will never leave him.

What it would take for any of them to break away is what happened with the tragedy before, where an older couple took a drug Trump had been touting as protection from the coronavirus, where they both took fish tank cleaner that had the drug in it. The woman wound up in intensive care, and the man died. Even that story was not enough to break the Trump fever.

Jordan continued, though, with dire warnings for the White House:

“I would say, though, the numbers that I would be concerned about, if I’m the Trump White House, would be how little he gained in approval rating. Usually in a time of great crisis, you look at President George W. Bush after 9/11, he gained 30 points in approval ratings. There is a rallying together cry and we just don’t see that. It’s a sign of just how polarized we are, but I also think it’s disturbing for the Trump White House when you consider how European leaders, their approval ratings have gone up in this time of crisis.”

This is also true. The nation rallied around President Bush after 9/11, and around President Obama after the Charleston church shooting. This is a time where people should be coming together around their leader, but Trump’s incompetence and so-called “leadership” is simply making matters worse, and much of the nation sees that.

No wonder his polls are in the toilet compared to the rest of the nation’s disasters.



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