Trump’s Approval Same as Obama’s Despite Negative Press [OPINION]
With the overwhelming negative slant dominating mainstream news media coverage of the Trump Administration, it is amazing that the masses have not stormed the White House with pitchforks and torches in hand.
Think about it.
With the daily firestorm of outrage and indignation reigning down upon us from up on high at CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC, the New York Times, the Washington Post and multitudes of other anti-Trump media and swamp-entrenched political figures, one might think that Trump's approval numbers would be at rock bottom, but according to Gallup, they are not. Trump's approval is running right about where Obama, Clinton and Reagan were at this point in their presidencies.
Keep in mind, Obama and Clinton were darlings of the media and seldom received the kind of scrutiny that Trump receives. Particularly Obama, whom the media fawned over and protected.
And while social media was becoming a thing under Clinton and even more so under Obama, its use as a campaign tool soared in the age of tweet-happy Donald Trump. He gets pounded on social media and for his use of it, and still Trump's numbers are as good as Clinton's and Obama's.
Republican presidents generally have a tougher time getting fair coverage from the media anyway.
Reagan was accused of creating AIDS in a lab in order to kill gay people. Most media folk tend to be liberal and seemed to be encouraged to include those views in their reporting.
Conservative commentator and activist Candace Owens recently tweeted about the impact of all of this:
Without question, Trump is a bit rough around the edges, and he's certainly taken a few missteps along the way. But given the tsunami of negative coverage he receives daily over everything he says and does, he is not as wildly unpopular as the media would have you believe. As a matter of fact, Trump's base has remained solid with 85-90 percent of the people who voted for him saying they would do it again.
Just think, with a bit of fair reporting, this guy could be as popular as Reagan or even FDR.
Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.