Why Trump staggers on

Source: spiked
by Tom Slater

“‘could stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody and I wouldn’t lose voters,’ said then GOP primary candidate Donald Trump in January 2016. Now, six months into a presidency defined by scandal, infighting, legislative gridlock, Russia-mania, Syrian airstrikes and the first deployment of the Mother of All Bombs, that typically Trumpian boast still rings true. At just 39 per cent, Trump has one of the worst approval ratings since approval ratings began. Only Gerald Ford was less liked at this point in his presidency, and he’d just pardoned Richard Nixon. But Trump’s support among his base, his voters, remains remarkably high. A recent Economist-YouGov poll found that 88 per cent of people who voted for him in November approve of his performance to some degree. Among those who didn’t vote for him, it is in the single digits.” (07/26/17)