…for a moment on Saturday, Trump went back into campaign mode with a massive rally before thousands of supporters at an airplane hangar in Melbourne, Florida where he revived campaign promises to build a border wall along the U.S.-Mexico border, reduce regulations and create jobs – and continued his attacks on the media.
Trump told the cheering crowd that he wanted “to speak to you without the filter of the fake news.”
The rally was put on by Trump’s campaign, not the White House. Trump told reporters he was holding a campaign rally because “life is a campaign.”
Trump, who held a rally in the same spot in Florida in September, clearly relished being back in front of his supporters, welcoming the cheers and letting one supporter up on stage to offer praise for the president. He also enjoyed reliving his surprise victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
And the president’s supporters welcomed the opportunity to see him. Kenneth Wood, a 45-year-old electrical engineer from Daytona Beach, said this is his fourth or fifth Trump rally.
“His bond with his supporters is really like nothing I’ve ever seen,” said Wood. “They’re fun and Trump’s a hell of a showman.”
I thought this was remarkable. One month into his presidency, Trump was back in front of a crowd of his grassroot supporters.
Most politicians only speak in public when they’re campaigning for office. After they’re elected they mostly just talk to each other. But Trump clearly thinks that he needs to carry on speaking directly to the Americans that elected him. And if the “deep state” really is trying to topple him, he may need them.
He was speaking in Florida, but I now expect to see him periodically pop up in other states, and speak to similar crowds. Maybe he’ll even visit a few states that he didn’t visit during his presidential campaign – like California.
If he does this, Americans are going to love him. And he’ll build a deeper bond with them than he’s already got. And his numerous critics will start looking more and more like sourpusses.
According to some reports:
The majority of Americans seem to like what new president Donald Trump is doing as highlighted by Drudge Report which shows he has a 55% approval rating.
For a president who has sparked so much anger and outrage among certain sectors of the population (and media) his ratings are stubbornly strong.
While according to others:
Donald Trump’s approval rating a month into his presidency is at a historical low compared to past presidents, according to a new poll.
The US President currently has a 40 per cent job approval rating, the measure used to gauge a leader’s public popularity during their time in office.
It looks like opinion polls are as all over the place as they were before the election.
Some are suggesting that his hostile media may be punching itself out:
…the question is the media with the constant hysteria, with the constant sense of crisis, are they punching themselves out in the sense that they are undermining their own credibility?
And others that it’s time for the Democratic party to take a look at itself.
…Perhaps worse than the serial cheating itself was that it was all in service of coronating a candidate who — as many of us tried to warn at the time — all empirical data showed was the most vulnerable to lose to Donald Trump. So the very same people who bear the blame for Trump’s presidency — by cheating to elevate the candidate most likely to lose to him — continue to dominate the Democratic Party. To describe the situation is to demonstrate the urgency of debating and fixing it, rather than ignoring it in the name of talking only about Trump.
Here in the UK I’ve only recently gained the sense that, after the Brexit vote, the political class have finally accepted what happened, and aren’t going to try to undo it. But Brexit was 8 months ago. Trump’s election was less than 4 months ago, and he’s been in office less than a month. When something shocking and surprising and unexpected happens, it takes people a while to accept it. But the shock and surprise eventually wears off. In 4 months time, most of the Americans who once couldn’t abide the thought of a Trump presidency will probably be resigned to it, maybe even quite comfortable with it.
But sometimes shock and dismay never wears off. It’s coming up to 10 years since the UK smoking ban of 1 July 2007, and I’m no more resigned to it than I was 10 years ago. I still can’t abide it.
But why should I? Brexit and Trump are the products of popular votes in the UK and the USA. But the British people never voted for a smoking ban. The 2007 smoking ban was something deceitfully and tyrannically imposed on them. It should never be accepted. For to accept it is to accept tyranny.