Trump Touts Increased Approval Rating

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On Sunday, president Trump took to twitter to tout his increased approval rating, as reported by a recent Rasmussen Poll.

The new Rasmussen Poll, one of the most accurate in the 2016 Election, just out with a Trump 50% Approval Rating. That’s higher than O’s #’s!
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2017

This in spite of daily attacks from traditional media portraying Trump in a negative light, some pundits even going so far as to describe him as “orange Hitler.”

After continual drops in approval ratings attributed to fallout from the Comey hearing and the Russian investigation, it is no surprise that Trump would have reason to be jubilant. Though other polls show lower approval ratings (Real Clear Politics shows an aggregate rating of 40%), I don’t blame Trump for cherry picking. It is a tactic employed by corporate news media outlets all the time.

In other Sunday tweets, Trump reminded voters about recent accomplishments.

The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the Witch Hunt. Many new jobs, high business enthusiasm,…
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2017

…massive regulation cuts, 36 new legislative bills signed, great new S.C. Justice, and Infrastructure, Healthcare and Tax Cuts in works!
Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2017

Trump’s tweets are basically his version of connecting to the populace, or his “bully pulpit” digital media platform, if you will. Though some find his use of new media annoying—it has even been suggested that his staff should take away his Twitter account—the truth is that it is a brilliant use of social media, enabling him to bypass mainstream media and go straight to the American people.  The message he wants to relay gets to the people he wants to receive it immediately, and without filters, editing or spin.

These tweets are important because it reminds voters that he is on course to fulfilling his promises. They outline the steps he has taken toward achieving his goals. Some, like Ann Coulter, complain that Trump is not moving nearly fast enough. “This daily Trump melodrama is worth it ONLY if he’s really going to build the wall, cut off Muslim refugees and deport illegals,” she tweets.

But these things take time. Setbacks are to be expected. The president has to build trust, forge alliances, and make deals.  Such a massive undertaking may take years. Does any reasonable person expect that Trump could roll out such monumental change in his first 150 days in office?

His accomplishments, then, will have to be judged over time.  Before any building takes place, funding has to be allocated. If Congress blocks his attempts, of course, there will be delays. Don’t forget, even though his party—the one he hijacked and transformed—has control of the House and Senate, significant members are not on board the Trump train, proving to be more hindrance than help. Even with a new majority in the Court (and the appointment of Gorsuch was a huge victory), any advantage this may give Trump in implementing his agenda and driving policy will be long-term. Any fundamental shift in social policy as a result of a tilt right in the Supreme Court will be measured in years, not days.

But don’t worry, Ann. According to an article in Breitbart, dated 16 June, the Trump administration “plans to announce design finalists for his ‘big beautiful wall’ soon,” perhaps sharing prototypes as early as this summer.

Suffice to say, people are listening and the higher approval ratings are a result of changing public perception of Trump.