President Donald Trump seems like he’s trying to wish himself into a second term in the White House. Although his poll numbers have been especially dismal lately, Trump desperately wants to convince observers that he has the backing of a “silent majority” — although at present, an average of just 40.4 percent of poll respondents say that they approve of the job Trump is doing in office. That’s definitely not a majority. Nevertheless, this Wednesday afternoon, Trump rushed to Twitter with an all-caps message about the supposed silent majority of Americans who support him.
‘THE SILENT MAJORITY IS STRONGER THAN EVER, JUST WATCH!!!’
THE SILENT MAJORITY IS STRONGER THAN EVER, JUST WATCH!!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 8, 2020
Is the strength of this supposed silent majority why presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden leads Trump by an average of 8.7 percent in national polls? Biden also currently leads in polling out of Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Florida, and more. Where’s that silent majority? It’s worth noting — Trump didn’t even win a majority of the actual votes in the 2016 presidential election. As has been well-documented at this point, Hillary Clinton won millions more votes than Trump, who won because he led in enough individual states to give him a winning margin in the electoral college. So basically, Trump has never had a compelling majority behind his campaign or presidency.
He’s trying to sweep some of the biggest lasting issues under the rug in an attempt to buoy his political chances. Recently, he’s wheeled out the new conspiracy theory that Democrats want to keep schools closed amidst the Coronavirus pandemic just to make him look bad. This claim is flatly untrue — there are real dangers of opening schools while the Coronavirus spreads wildly, and Trump refuses to acknowledge the facts.
Check out Twitter’s response to his latest all-caps message: