MEMO: To politically correct progressives
President Trump has been a politician for fewer than two years and a government employee for less than a month. He competed in the primaries and election in unorthodox ways, and he won a blow out in the Electoral College. Mr. Trump is inclined to do things the way he has always done things as a businessman. He is not at all inclined to do business-as-usual and play political games. Many on his team and in his cabinet have never been in government.
Signed: Everybody else in America
None of this is news to everybody else in America, though apparently politically correct progressives have not read the MEMO. In fact, a significant percentage of PC progressives (including senators, representatives, bureaucrats, and established media elite) have refused to recognize Mr. Trump as president, and some even threatened to call for impeachment before he had served 14 days in office. These are the same people who are calling Mr. Trump and people in his administration extremists, racists, fascists and other deplorable names.
Emerson College Polling reported its latest findings last week regarding President Trump’s approval rating as well as how American voters view news media. According to the February 7 news release:
“The first poll of Emerson College’s Spring 2017 semester shows the nation is split on Donald Trump’s performance as President so far with 48% of registered voters approve of the job that Trump is doing, versus 47% that disapprove. Republicans approve of Trump 89%/5%, while Democrats disapprove of the President by a margin of 81% to 17%. Trump’s failure to pass the 50% threshold for approval can be accredited to his standing among independents, who disapprove of him 52%/41%.”
“A key finding of the poll shows that voters find the Trump administration to be more truthful than the news media. The Trump administration is considered truthful by 49% of voters, to 48% of voters who consider it untruthful. Meanwhile, the news media is considered untruthful by a 53%-majority of voters, to only 39% who find them truthful (a 14-point gap).”
Friends and acquaintances in the PC progressive community say they are extremely fearful from what they are reading in and hearing from the news media and like-minded Washington insiders. I can relate. I remember when I harbored similar fears under another recent president. At the time I was reading “Rise and Fall of the Third Reich,” and headlines were hauntingly similar to that account of history.
Emerson College Polling’s findings are in line with Gallup and other mainline polling organizations which have found trust in news media has been dropping precipitously since 2007, from 47 percent to 32 percent in September 2016, according to Gallup.
So, here’s the deal: American voters got fed up with Washington’s business-as-usual political games and voted to change the way things have always been done in Washington. President Trump is doing his best to change things for the best interest of American citizens. Have he and his administration made some mistakes? Sure. Will they make more mistakes? Sure. Mistakes are just that: mistakes. And, every president and administration make them.
Outside of the PC progressive ideological bubble people, everybody else in America is saying give President Trump and his administration a chance. We want Washington to change for the best interests of all Americans.
Daniel L. Gardner is a syndicated columnist who lives in Starkville, Miss. He can be reached at PJandMe2@hotmail.com.