Donald Trump never made an attempt to govern the entire country. Instead, he called the Democrats his “enemies,” and did everything he could to further divide the country. His rallies, his televised speeches, and his tweets were all about bolstering his base. He may have never considered that the people he wooed so carefully and despised so endlessly would abandon him.
A new Gallup Poll asked people about how they thought the president was doing on his job. Trump has spent his mornings tweeting and watching television for up to eight hours a day. He considers it “work.” He wanders downstairs from his quarters in the White House somewhere around noon, with cable news blaring at every turn. POTUS has spent over a third of his days golfing at one of his resorts.
Yet, those factors have remained consistent. So what changed? Why did his job performance numbers among his base drop so far? Trump let tens of thousands of people needlessly die during the coronavirus pandemic through his negligence. Under his watch, the economy bottomed out, and 40 million people lost their jobs. The polls showed:
‘President Donald Trump’s current 39% job approval rating is down from 49% in the prior poll and the lowest since October 2018.’
Trump’s rating was down “among all party groups.” However, when it came to “handling issues,” his numbers dropped “sharply.”
According to Gallop:
‘President Donald Trump’s job approval rating has fallen to 39% amid nationwide protests about racial injustice. His ratings this year had been the best of his presidency but are now back near his term average of 40%.’
This Gallop Poll was conducted from May 28 through June 4, 2020 when the peaceful protests were ongoing. A black man from Minneapolis MN George Floyd was killed by police on May 25. The policeman knelt on his neck for eight minutes and 46 seconds.
The president sent US military troops to violently clear the park and adjoining streets of peaceful protesters. The troops shot rubber bullets and pepper balls which are considered chemical agents. They targeted members of the media and beat a cameraman with a baton. The victim was Australian, and naturally, the incident appeared on television in the heart of one of America’s strongest allies.
The show of violence, including National Guard members from across the country, did not help Trump’s job numbers. As the troops attacked the peaceful protesters, he strolled to the “President’s Church” across the street from the White House with his top military advisers at his side.
Then, the president held a Bible upside down, blasphemously, and raised it over his head — it was all for a photo op, a show.
Of course, the COVID-19 pandemic was rolling across the country during this poll. As of June 10 (after the poll was completed) over two million Americans were infected and 114,000 were dead. As the states began to order people to come out of their seclusion, the states were oblivious to their rising coronavirus pandemic cases. The states opened too quickly, not taking into consideration that their case numbers had not yet peaked. The coastal city states were the only ones already past their first wave of the pandemic.
As a result of the pandemic, the unemployment rate soared, but again, that was outside of this poll’s dates.
Trump’s job approval rating plummeted similarly regardless of party lines. Republicans dropped him seven points down to 85 percent, Independents down to 39 percent, and Democrats down nine points to five percent:
‘Republicans’ approval of Trump is the lowest it has been since September 2018 (also 85%).’
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