- The Washington Times - Friday, August 3, 2018

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

A new poll from Rasmussen Reports — the same outlet that correctly predicted the Electoral College winner of the November 2016 presidential election — finds that 50 percent of likely U.S. voters approve of President Donald Trump’s job performance.

That’s more than Barack Obama touted at this time in his own presidential history.

What say you now, ailing Democratic Party?

Apparently, campaigning for dollars on a platform of “Impeach Trump!” isn’t proving a winner. Neither is the equally shrill “Resistance” movement once oh-so-smugly encouraged by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi. What’s that in your pocket — a couple of socialists? Hmm, millennials may applaud. But then again, they may not bother to vote.

Looks like the left is in for another wild election ride.

And just in case liberals want to shoulder-shrug these numbers as if they’re meaningless — let’s remember: Obama, in early August of 2010, had an approval rating of 45 percent.

This, as all the mainstream media report Trump’s a failure, Trump’s a buffoon, Trump’s done nothing but muck up America’s foreign policy.

The public’s apparently not buying.

Now imagine what Trump’s approval rating would be if the media reported more honestly about his administration — if the anti-Trumping press actually spoke about the positive economy, the improved job prospects for blacks, the consumer confidence that’s come roaring back into the country.

The positive poll showing is one story. But the bigger one is this — and it’s very likely leaving many members of the media in tippy-toed discomfort: The press is losing its power. The people have stopped trusting and listening.

The left is losing its main channel of support. Remove the Democratic propaganda tool and what do you get?

You get Trump, and pro-Trump candidates in the Republican Party, very likely reaping some big election benefits come this November, come 2020.

• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter, @ckchumley.


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