Donald Trump and his administration have encountered days of controversy since his weekend tweets concerning 4 minority Congressmen. Republican lawmakers have mostly downplayed the tweets, however, with some calling them offensive, but not racist. Only 4 of the 199 Republican Congresspeople voted for a resolution condemning the President’s comments.
It seems that President Trump’s comments have not caused him to lose any traction with his base.In fact, according to a new Reuters poll, Trump’s net approval among Republicans is actually on the rise.
Reuters conducted the same poll on Monday and Tuesday of last week. At that time, he had the support of 67% of self identifying Republican voters. This week, that number had risen 5% to a 72% approval rating.
That’s not to say the poll had all good news for the President. His support among independent fell by about 10%. His favorability among Democrats, already low, fell by an additional 2%.
This is in stark contrast to the one of the last times Trump made controversial comments concerning race. After his “very fine people” remarks about Charlottesville, his approval ratings among Republicans fell by nearly 10%.
Fellow Republicans have largely defended the President by slamming Reps. Omar, Tlaib, Ocasio-Cortez and Pressley. South Carolina Senator Lindsay Graham told Fox & Friends, “They are American citizens, they won an election, take on their policies. We all know that [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] and this crowd are a bunch of communists, they’re anti-Semitic…we don’t need to know anything about them personally, just talk about their policies.”
House Minority Leader, Kevin McCarthy also denied that the comments were racist. He told reporters, “Let’s not be false about what is happening here today. This is all about politics and beliefs of ideologies.”