- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 16, 2019

The two-year investigation into President Trump’s possible “collusion” with Russia has prompted an unexpected benefit: a tidy bump in favorability.

Trump’s job approval rating has seen a post Mueller report boost,” reports a new Zogby Analytics survey of 852 likely voters finds Mr. Trump with a 51% overall approval rating — the highest the pollster has ever recorded.

Trump is also riding high on positive economic news — a record high stock market, low unemployment, and solid GDP growth at home. At the moment President Trump’s approval rating is higher than Obama’s at the same point in his presidency,” the survey analysis notes.

President Obama had a 48% approval at the time.

“A majority of millennials approve of Trump; nearly half of Generation Z voters (49%) approve of Trump; Trump is winning back Hispanic, independent, college educated and urban voters,” the pollster said.



“Besides a good economy and vindication from the Mueller report, Trump’s good approval rating is being driven by a surge in popularity among college educated voters, voters living in the Western region, Independents, Millennials, suburban men, urban men, and middle-aged voters. Trump’s approval rating has improved with minorities — 27% of African Americans and 45% of Hispanics approve of the president — both very good numbers historically for Trump,” the wide-ranging analysis said.

READING, READING, READING

Democrats are not the only ones reading special counsel Robert Mueller’s 488-page investigative report into “Russian collusion” and much more. Now there’s the Mueller Book Club, just launched by the Trump is Not Above the Law Coalition, an activist group that hopes to encourage more people to read the report. Organizers already have streamed one virtual meeting on Facebook, and plan another for Monday featuring House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerrold Nadler, New York Democrat.

“Just 3% of the country say they have read Mueller’s report on his investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, according to a CNN poll. The goal of the book club is to encourage people to understand what Mueller found and what it means for our democracy,” the organizers say.

CONSERVATIVES TAKE ON TWITTER AND FACEBOOK

A coalition of well-known conservatives have contacted Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seeking some clarity.

“We are writing to you about the alarming rise of anti-Semitism and anti-Semitic rhetoric in public discourse, especially online. We are asking for clarity on whether your rules governing ‘hate speech’ on your platforms apply to anti-Semitic rhetoric, and what your policies are to address those who traffic in such speech,” the group notes in a letter.

That group includes Media Research Center founder Brent Bozell, Family Research Council President Tony Perkins, Citizens United President David Bossie, former presidential hopeful Allen West, World Net Daily founder Joseph Farah and 42 other concerned conservatives. The coalition cited recent examples of anti-Semitic speech in the press and on Capitol Hill, and posed a few questions of their own to the two social media mavens.

“Do you consider anti-Semitic rhetoric hate speech in violation of your terms of service?” they ask.

“Is it consistent with your terms of service to allow individuals, or organizations, who express anti-Semitic rhetoric to remain on your platform?” they wonder.

“We look forward to your prompt reply clarifying your rules and their application. We will publish your response in its entirety,” the signers advise.

In the meantime, Mr. Bozell has organized the Free Speech Alliance, which tracks social media bias against conservatives. The group released a well-received report titled “Censored! How Online Media Companies Are Suppressing Conservative Speech” last month.

THE DE BLASIO WELCOME

Democratic presidential hopeful No. 23 did not get much love from his hometown after he jumped into the White House race. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio already has left that town, however, bound for a campaign tour in Iowa and South Carolina under the motto “Working People First,” and leaving behind a disgruntled city and a cranky press.

“De Blasio has the dubious distinction of being the only candidate or potential candidate out of 23 contenders to earn a negative rating among national Democrats,” noted The New York Post, citing a Monmouth University survey that gave the mayor an 18% favorability rating.

“De Blasio can’t beat Trump. He can’t even troll him,” The New York Times observed.

“Bill de Blasio squeezes into the Democratic clown car,” said The Week.

Donald Trump must be stopped,” the candidate counters in a new campaign video.

WHAT COULD HAPPEN

“Mayor Ocasio-Cortez?” asks a New York Sun editorial, which ponders the fact that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in office only four months, could find a new political calling in New York City.

“The fun Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is having could fade if — as is theoretically possible — the GOP regains the House in 2020. Then she’d be faced with the interminable drudgery of being without seniority and in a minority. One can imagine that the prospect of a mayoral race would look attractive to the young firebrand with a, we don’t mind saying, quick wit and taste for the limelight,” the news organization advises.

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POLL DU JOUR

50% of U.S. voters say President Trump “has not been tough enough” on North Korea; 38% of Republicans, 47% of independents and 61% of Democrats agree.

31% say Mr. Trump’s response to North Korea is “about right”; 52% of Republicans, 28% of independents and 14% of Democrats agree.

11% are undecided about the issue; 5% of Republicans, 21% of independents and 14% of Democrats agree.

7% say Mr. Trump has been “too tough” on North Korea; 5% of Republicans, 4% of independents and 10% of Democrats agree.

Source: A Fox News poll of 1,008 registered U.S. voters conducted May 11-14.

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