The Sound Of Goalposts Moving Again

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Rudy Giuliani on Cuomo last night: Rudy Guiliani to @ChrisCuomo tonight: “I never said there was no collusion between the campaign or between people in the campaign… I have not. I said” no collision with, “the President of the United States.” pic.twitter.com/Smb0OuNzL9 — andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) January 17, 2019 According to Giuliani, what Trump meant in the sixty tweets in which he’s … Read More

Country REALLY Divided on Day 26 of Shutdown

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From Gallup today, the country is more divided on Trump than with any other president in polling history. The average 79-percentage-point difference between Republicans’ and Democrats’ job approval ratings of President Donald Trump during his second year in office is the largest Gallup has measured in any presidential year to date.  But Trump still polls at historical lows. Overall, an … Read More

Exhausting Futility Continues

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Shutdown Day Number 23 and there is no sign of movement. Trump apparently has little to do but tweet all day — childish attacks on Elizabeth Warren (racist attacks there) and on Jeff Bezo’s personal life. But that is kind of the point that Trump wants to make — he’s ready to work on a deal and Dems are off … Read More

Trump’s Reality Tremor

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For all of Trump’s outward swagger, signs are mounting that the White House is deeply rattled. Federal prosecutors now claim Trump personally directed a conspiracy to secure his election in the form of illegal hush-money payments. We’ve learned that Trump negotiated business dealings with Russia throughout the GOP primaries, which he concealed. And there are solid grounds for believing Mueller still hasn’t tipped his hand … Read More

Trump Takes A Hit In The Polls

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Two new polls that came out today affirm a sag in Trump’s standing: Quinnipiac has Trump at 38% approve, 54% disapprove… while Gallup has him at 40% approve, 54% disapprove The Quinnipeac poll takes a deeper dive on Trump: 60–32% is not honest57–38% does not have good leadership skills55-41% does not care about average Americans65–30% not level-headed57-39% is a strong person51-42% … Read More

Family Separation Policy Goes To Overboil

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There is no absence of opinion on the Trump Administration’s “zero-tolerance policy” toward immigrants crossing the Southern border — a policy that includes separating children from their parents indefinitely, and detaining them in less-than-stellar conditions (including a “tent city” popping up in a region where the temperatures are often in the high 90s).  All living former first ladies have written … Read More

Trump Less Trusted Than…. Than Fake News?

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This just-released Monmouth University poll is interesting if not contradictory. Apparently, Trump’s efforts to de-legitimize mainstream news continues to be successful, although Trump is less trusted as a source of news than the mainstream media.  Of course, how one feels depends on the definition of “fake news”, and it appears to mean different things to different people.  The full PDF:

Trump’s Behavior Continues To Offend And Baffle

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In the days following the mass shooting at a high school in Parkland Florida, and with Mueller clearly breathing down Trump’s neck, his behavior has been frenzied and offensive. Here’s how Time described it: The weekend began with what many considered a victory of the smallest order. The typically chatty President bypassed the reporters to board his waiting helicopter without … Read More

How Unpopular Is Trump?

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Despite some supposed “successes” lately (the tax reform bill), Trump’s approval remains at historical lows.  First off, this graph from the New York Times reflecting how much more unpopular he is since election by every demographic (underlying data from Morning Consult): It is sorted by biggest fall, although keep in mind that some groups were so law (Dem women for … Read More

Trump Hits New Low In Pew Polls

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President Donald Trump has hit rock bottom again in a new poll. The Pew Research Center finds that only 32 percent of Americans approve of Trump’s job performance, the lowest level in any Pew poll measuring his job approval since he took office in January. Sixty-three percent disapprove. Trump’s approval rating has declined slightly since October when it was 34 percent, and … Read More

Trump Endorses Accused Child Molester For Senate

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The chyrons say it all: Kayla Moore (Roy’s wife) confirms: This is not normal. Can you imagine, in any other time, what would happen if a President endorsed a child molester as a candidate for Senate? Polls have the two pretty close…. Latest @EmersonCollege POLL: We now have a statistical DEAD HEAT in #alabama US Senate Special Election btwn ROY … Read More

Trump’s Ego Fires Social Director

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Donald Trump is the kind of emotionally unstable individual that would see a crowd of 4,000 to 10,000 and consider it rejection, so he lashed out, and a longtime aide paid the price. From Bloomberg: As his surrogates warmed up the audience, the expanse of shiny concrete eventually filled in with cheering Trump fans. But it was too late for a … Read More