Events are moving fast in Trump era America.
Trump confidante Roger Stone just got indicted.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi pulled the plug on Donnie’s State of the Union MAGA rally.
And the serial swindler who sold his passionate, ill-informed minions on a fantastical Mexican border wall was forced to eat his brain-dead campaign promise — by a girl!
How fast are events moving?
Only a couple days ago, millions of Americans took to the streets nationwide to resist President Trump and his agenda – and the news and social media were buzzing about the dust-up between BuzzFeed and Special Prosecutor Mueller over whether it’s kosher to say there’s solid evidence that Trump told his lawyer-fixer, Michael Cohen, to lie to Congress.
Now, Cohen says Trump told him to lie — which sounds entirely plausible. Given Mango Mussolini’s reputation as a pathological liar, it’s completely reasonable. In fact, if it’s a question of whether or not Trump’s lying or encouraging lies, the answer is nearly universally, yes.
Yes! Trump is lying and promoting lies.
But as Trump tries to Tweet-twist the facts, the negative drumbeat continues. His lies piles on lies. And lately, his lies have begun to catch up with him. Remember that wall across our entire southern border that Mexico was going to pay for?
Starting today, Trump’s Great Wall Cave-in will ignite even more strident right-wing blowback. It was Rush Limbaugh and Ann Coulter who buckled him into a political straightjacket – and surprise! – Donnie’s no Houdini. Might they spare him for attacking windmills at their behest? (I doubt if any of them ever actually read Cervantes.)
Taking the political temperature today, I predict that by the summer of 2019, President Blowhard Bankruptcy will be revealed to all but his most ardent fascist-religious fans to be a dismal, derelict, treasonous failure.
Why do I think so?
Part of it is a gut feeling.
I feel this to be true.
I can sense where this Trump/Russia thing is going. Like I could sense trouble when I was a kid and my brother and I were wrestling around in the living room – and we broke our mom’s best vase.
We could lie. We could tell the truth. But no matter what we said – we were guilty of the crime. And we’d ultimately pay for that crime.
Now, President Trump is paying for his crimes.
So, what will Americans think of Trump by the summer of 2019?
Let’s look at the numbers.
And not just the hundreds of thousands who showed up in downtown Los Angeles to enjoy the Women’s March 2019. (I’ve illustrated this post with photos of the march, as I accompanied my wife & some wonderful friends.)
Let’s focus on dry, nerdy numbers. Cold, hard numbers are hard to dispute. Especially numbers that mean so much to our Dear Orange Leader…
How is Trumpty Dumpty doing in the national approval polls?
Let’s take a look at Trump’s current poll numbers in comparison to, say. George W. Bush…
When President George W. Bush left office in January of 2009, he was one of the most unpopular departing presidents in U.S. history. The Iraq War was a crime. There were no WMD. Then the economy collapsed. And oh yeah, Hurricane Katrina, too.
According to a CBS News/New York Times poll, George W’s final approval rating was 22%. 73% disapproved.
Bush’s final approval rating was the lowest for an outgoing president since Gallup began asking the question over 70 years ago.
C’mon, Donnie! You can underperform Dubya!
You can do it!
For what’s left of you Donald Trump fans out there, dig this…
Trump’s current approval rating is far below the final ratings of two-term presidents Bill Clinton and Ronald Reagan, who both ended their terms with a 68% approval rating.
Barack Obama — the first black President — enjoyed a 53% approval rating while Hillary Clinton took on Trump during the 2016 election.
Two years later, Trump is in deep trouble.
Nate Silver and 538’s average poll numbers on the eve of the 2018 mid-term elections indicated a substantial Blue Wave. Trump’s approval was at 41.8% — and his disapproval at 52.8%. Trump was underwater by 11%.
Sure enough, the GOP got its clock cleaned in the 2018 mid-term elections — giving the gavel back to Speaker Pelosi. Hello, Madam Speaker!
As of tonight, 538’s Presidential approval poll average puts Donald Trump’s support at 39.3% His disapproval is 56%.
Trump is now underwater by 16.7%.
He was down by 11% before the midterms. He lost nearly 6 points before he caved on his Wall.
It’s only going to get worse for Orange Julius Caesar.
What follows are my favorite shots from the Women’s March in downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, January 19th.
Let’s have fun and march until Mango Mussolini falls — and drags the GOP into the dustbin of history.