The Shock Wears Off


…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.

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7 Responses to The Shock Wears Off

  1. Russ Tovich says:


    According to this piece:

    Trump was on his way down to that neck of the woods anyway.
    (also, the Boeing plant shot down unionization yet again)

    But yes, I think he will take the time to do this around the country.

  2. Dan says:

    I intended to watch about 10 minutes of the press conference given by Trump a couple of days ago and posted by prog here. Ended up watching all one hour and seventeen minutes. He was like a bar room brawler standing there with his chin out sort of saying “Go on, give it your best shot”. When the BBC reporter said where he was from, Trump said “Another beauty”. The reporter said they were impartial at the BBC. Trump replied, “Like CNN”. He knows exactly where he stands with the BBC.
    I don’t think Trump is that bright intellectually, but the successful entrepreneurs I’ve worked for haven’t been either. What they’ve got is endless energy and the ability to get the right people into the right job. He made a mistake with Flynn, but he acted quickly when he realised his mistake. I don’t think there’ll be that many. If you look at the life histories of Tillerson, Mattis and Pompeo, these are seriously bright cookies, and capable men too. I’m sure that within a short time, it’ll be them making the headlines more than Trump.
    Trump made the point a couple of times that he had inherited a total mess, at home and abroad. He’s making immediate headway on the home front even if some call it protectionist. Abroad, he has to tackle problems such as ISIS, Iran, the South China Sea, North Korea, Russia / Ukraine etc. All problems that had been sort of swept under the carpet by Obama. I feel quite confident with this US administration, not Trump so much (although he’s the lynch pin), but with the people he’s put into positions of power. I just hope the Deep State doesn’t get him.

  3. Constant hysteria? Whatever can they be referring to?

    ::sigh:: they are SO fast to blame the media when all the papers are trying to do is offer the American public the plain, unadorned facts… such as this:

    (btw… although the link is UK, the original is from The Daily News, NY’s biggest newspaper (Not sure if it’s STILL the biggest: 20-30 years ago it liked to blast itself as having 5 million subscribers or somesuch. That was back when they were still raving that allowing Russian astronauts up in space with our guys (and gals?) would be a disaster since, with no one around to watch, the communists would murder the American astronauts.) (I think they also blasted Santa Claus at one point, {maybe because he wore a commie red costume?) )

    – MJM

  4. waltc says:

    Brexit and Trump are the products of popular votes Well, for Trump, not exactly; as the Hilliaryites will constantly remind you, she won the popular vote by 2.9 million. However, as with all stats, you can choose how to slice them. For instance, if you add up the third party votes–
    1,207,141 for Jill Stein and 4,042,291 for Gary Johnson–you get 5,249,42 additional votes that were cast against her overall and, subtracting her 2.9 million from that, there were still 2,349,472 more popular votes against than for her. I made a point of looking this up for being sick of her ostensible popular popularity being promiscuously tossed around and offer it to anyone who wants some counter ammo. Then too I’d also mentally, if not actually, add that some percentage of the didn’t-vote-at-alls were motivated by a rejection of her as well as of him.

    • prog says:

      As you are probably aware, we in the UK have a seemingly strange electoral system whereby 56 SNP seats in the HOC seats (out of 650) were secured by c.1.4 million Scottish voters (an average of 250,000 votes/MP) compared to 1 UKIP seat despite its c.4 million nationwide voters. This goes a long way to explain the demise of the Labour Party that hitherto had dominated Scottish politics. In the current overall scheme of things not a total disaster for Labour, given many shared beliefs with the SNP and why Labour is vehemently opposed to Scottish independence. In the event that independence was secured, traditional Labour would be finished in the remainder of the UK.

      I would envisage that the ‘oxymoronic’ Liberal Democrat Party would gain at its expense’ But, basically, the latter is represented and supported by wishy-washy drips whose idea of Liberalism is ‘freedom from’ rather than ‘freedom to’. It’s support of the smoking ban epitomes this ethos.

      (Labour also suffered from the limited representation of the popular vote).

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