For a while, it seemed touch-and-go. The widespread coronavirus panic fueled by the Left and the mainstream media hit President Donald Trump like a broadside. As stocks plummeted in the uncertain economic climate of a global pandemic, it looked like this was the opening his opponents had been waiting for.
Every other attack had failed…racism…Stormy Daniels…two years of investigations…Russian collusion…the Ukraine… impeachment… nothing-burger after fake news story. But the economy, now that has always been President Trump’s Golden Ticket. If the economy were to crash, as Bill Maher has publicly hoped for, then the President just might be vulnerable when November rolls around.
Smelling blood, the sharks on the Left and the parasites in the MSM circled in for what they thought was the kill. Every Liberal headline and every Democrat with a soapbox decided this was their chance. Instead of pulling together in unison, they have chosen to second-guess every decision President Trump has made and to criticize every response he has had to the COVID-19 virus.
He responded too slowly, they said. He’s lying to the public, they said. They played their go-to racist card when he called it, correctly, the “Chinese virus”. There were even news stories with the headline, “This Is the End of the Trump Presidency”.
But as they have done every single day since he announced his candidacy, his critics seem to have once again underestimated Donald Trump, or, more specifically, his ability to connect directly with everyday Americans.
The Public Approves
According to a new poll conducted by ABC News and The Washington Post, President Trump’s net approval rating is positive for the first time since he took office. 48% of those polled approve of the President, while 46% disapprove.
To put that into context, when the same survey was conducted last month, the results showed 43% approval versus 53% disapproval. Defying the conventional logic expected by anyone buying into the MSM’s narrative, President Trump is more popular than ever, even among Democrats.
Currently, 86% of Republicans, 49% of Independents, and 17% of Democrats approve of President Trump’s performance. In February, his approval among Democrats was just 4%.
Other polls similarly reflect the public’s improving opinion of the President. According to RealClearPolitics, for example, President Trump’s approval rating has risen to 47%, against 49% disapproval.
Coronavirus: The Real Yardstick
In specific regard to President Trump’s handling of the Wuhan virus outbreak, 51% approve and 45% disapprove of the steps the Administration is taking to protect American citizens and this country’s interests.
There is some criticism of the President’s early response to the coronavirus crisis, with 58% saying they believe he acted too slowly, while only 38% think he acted with the appropriate amount of speed.
These ratings can be linked to early criticism that even came from some Republicans and other members of the Administration who thought that President Trump initially tried to downplay the seriousness of the situation.
The Economy Still Matters
In mid-March, when the gravity of the national and worldwide situation started to sink in, economic uncertainty caused the U.S. stock market to experience historic drops. Companies started to change the way they operate, while schools, churches, sporting and entertainment events, and non-essential business closed down. There were even whispers — from infotainment pundits, of course — that America was on the brink of another recession.
But just this week, stocks are rebounding and guarded optimism is replacing fear. Now that a modern-day record $2 trillion economic stimulus package has made it through Congress with the full support of the President, there is reason to hope again.
A New Way of Communicating
One of President Trump’s biggest strengths is he knows how to talk to regular Americans — he speaks their language. When he tweets at two in the morning or shoots from the hip when taking a biased reporter to task, people know that he is saying what is on his mind, instead of hiding behind a veil of political correctness.
Despite the wishes of his opponents — and even some of his advisors — President Trump is out there, front and center, holding regular briefings and talking directly to the American people about what is happening and what is being done to protect them.
And it’s working. Just as President Franklin Roosevelt used to hold “fireside chats” on the radio, President Trump is using these briefings to quell rumors, ease fears, and explain exactly what is going on. Because they aren’t being kept in the dark, people feel reassured.
Another Failed Tactic
So it seems as if stoking coronavirus fears may be backfiring. The President’s regular presence gives an anxious populace what it needs right now — a leader.
As officials continue to make progress on protective measures, as people adjust to new social distancing norms, and as the stimulus package jump-starts the economy, there is every reason to believe that President Trump’s approval ratings will continue to improve.
And if a vaccine against the coronavirus can be fast-tracked into development sometime soon, that could be great news for his reelection chances in November.