I am not ashamed to admit that I supported and voted for Donald Trump, but did wish that he would have learned to muzzle his outrageous comments. Many believed and some of us feared that Trump’s off-the-cuff statements and tweets would be enough to guarantee a Hillary Clinton victory but we were all shocked when Trump won the Electoral vote.
After it was made known that Trump was the victor, many of us hoped that Trump would act more presidential, which is really ironic since one of the main reasons he was elected was due to his NOT being a career Washington politician. Kind of conflicting when we are glad he’s not like all of the other Washington politicians and then wish he would act more like them.
Democrats made no secret that they fully intended to make the Trump presidency as rocky and rough as possible. Democrat leaders like Sen. Chuck Schumer basically declared all-out war to fight everything Trump tried to do, and so far, he’s been somewhat successful, but not totally.
Now, President Donald Trump is embroiled in a plethora of controversies. There are the charges of an alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been named as the Special Counsel in charge of the investigation of the alleged Russian collusion and Russian interference in the 2016 elections.
Then we have the Michael Flynn fiasco. First named as Trump’s National Security Advisor until he lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his background and business dealings with Russians.
Let’s not forget the sudden firing of FBI Director James Comey. Democrats and the mainstream media had been calling for Comey’s resignation for months, but once Trump abruptly fired him, everyone began screaming foul and cover-up. Democrats instantly accused Trump firing Comey in an attempt to thwart or hinder the Russia investigation.
Only AFTER Trump fired Comey, a mysterious Comey memo surfaces, claiming to be proof that Trump asked Comey to drop the investigation of Mike Flynn. Once again Democrats and media began weeping, wailing, gnashing their teeth and screaming for the head of Donald Trump.
More recently was Trump’s meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov. Some are claiming that Trump divulged classified information to Lavrov, without any counseling or briefing with US officials. Trump said he was just sharing information on terrorism as he was trying to persuade Lavrov and the Russians to work with the US fighting terrorism.
Not quite as controversial, but still a major issue is Trump’s executive orders to curtail immigration and refugees temporarily until a better vetting system has been put in place. Both executive orders have been blocked by judges who believe their agenda gives them more power than the President of the United States.
With all of the negative media (no big surprise there) and push by Democrats to regain control of Congress and the White House, one has to wonder how it’s impacting the voters’ approval rating of both parties.
If asked, one would expect to see the approval ratings of Democrats to be on the rise and Republicans declining. However, according to the latest Gallup Poll, that’s not the case:
“Americans’ opinions of the two major political parties are now similar after the Democratic Party’s ratings slipped to 40% — from 45% last November — while the Republican Party’s image is essentially unchanged at 39%.”
That’s right, Republican approval rating has not dipped, but remained the same. I suspect it hasn’t increased because too many career Republicans continue to fight against some of Trump’s agenda, plus the fact that they were not prepared to replace Obamacare with a better program.
In the wake of all of the Trump controversy, voter approval of Democrats has dropped by 5% since November. That’s probably because a growing number of voters are getting weary of the bad behavior and temper tantrums still being thrown by Democrats 6 month since the election.
Both ratings are below historic values which still shows that the American people continue to mistrust Congress and most Washington politicians. If Democrats and Republicans want to see their approval ratings improve, all they have to do is stop their party bickering and start listening to what the American people want.