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Trump’s Approval Numbers Highlight Disconnect of MSM with Reality

As many of you must have heard for the umpteenth time by now, Trump’s approval numbers at the time of his election in early November 2016 were among the lowest ever for somebody who went on to win the election. Of course, it helped that the democratic candidate, a certain greedy neoliberal harpy, was probably even less popular than him. I mean, how else do you explain her loss in Midwestern states which have consistently voted for democratic presidential candidates for almost thirty years. Anyway.. that was almost a year and nine months ago.

So.. what are Trump’s approval ratings now? How much have they changed since the election? The short answer is- not much. In other words, his approval ratings seem to mostly hover around the early- to mid- 40s. Of course, if you are naive enough to believe some of the “polls” put forth by corporate MSM shills like CNN or MSNBC, it is possible that you think his approval dipped as low as the early 30s at one point. Then again, they also told you that Trump had no chance of winning the election as late as the evening of Nov 7, 2016.

Trump won the republican nomination, and then the presidency, because his opponents were establishment hacks who had no talent beyond mouthing empty platitudes written for them by out-of-touch ivy league scam artists. Trump, on the other hand, could afford to appear and behave like a somewhat normal human being because he was rich and famous enough to ignore the pressure to appear “presidential”. He, and Bernie, accidentally stumbled on the fact that in the post-2008 era, glib and superficial is seen as phony and dishonest while imperfect is seen as genuine and believable.

And this brings us to the question as to why an almost incessant flow of negative “news” and “opinions” about Trump, since his election, from the corporate MSM and celebrities has had virtually no effect on his approval ratings. I mean.. his approval right now is almost identical to that reported the day before he won the election. Why has the constant drumbeat of “Mueller”, “Collusion”, “Russia”, “Putin”, “Stormy Daniels” and every other scandal we have heard since his election not eroded his support base or approval to any worthwhile extent?

More importantly, why have establishment democrats lost most byelections since Trump’s inauguration. Also, why have the few democrat victories in recent byelections been almost exclusively against highly flawed republican candidates. What does it say about a political party when its senate candidate in Alabama is overjoyed to win a very narrow victory against a racist pedophile? My point is that democrats have not been able to effectively convert public outrage against Trump into electoral victories. Why not? And what does any of this have to do with the almost complete disconnect of corporate MSM from reality.

As I have said before, constantly repeating “Trump is a bad.. bad man” is not a winning electoral strategy for democrats. Even a democrat bootlicking outlet such as Vox wrote that the majority of electoral ads against Trump during 2016 were about his character (or lack thereof) rather than any plan by democrats to improve the lives of their voters. To put it another way, establishment democrats have learned nothing from their loss in the 2016 election, in addition to have forgotten nothing. As Talleyrand said about the post-french revolution Bourbons: “They have learned nothing, and forgotten nothing”.

But why have establishment democrats not learned anything from their defeats? Well.. for two main reasons. Firstly, because they do not want to learn anything which might upset the gravy train of its “leaders”. Secondly, their enablers and close supporters (ivy league sycophants, corporate MSM types, deep state bureaucrats, rich celebrities etc) are unwilling to accept that the long string of electoral defeats suffered by democrats culminating in the rout of HRC in 2016 were NOT a temporary aberration on the road to an eventual triumph of their bright shiny “meritocratic” neoliberal worldview which is a modern equivalent of ‘The Thousand Year Reich’.

While there is a lot of blame to go around, corporate media types and “celebrities” deserve an especially large part- for the simple reason that they are the biggest enablers of this delusional worldview. In addition to being responsible for public dissemination of this bullshit, they provide the bubble where establishment types can hide and pretend that everything is normal. Don’t believe me? Well.. just look at the “news”? Is there a single day when most cable news channels, national newspapers, “public intellectuals” and celebrities do not work themselves into a froth over something about Trump? Do you a remember a single day where they did not criticize him personally?

Now contrast this to their almost total lack of coverage of everything bad which has actually occurred under the Trump administration. How much coverage has been devoted to the atrocious treatment of protesters arrested at the inauguration? What about the continued job losses due to outsourcing which Trump promised to halt? Have you heard much about the very negative effects of the racist midget, aka Jeff Sessions, decisions on people? What about Ben Carson gutting legal protection for poor people in urban areas? What about Trump appointing tons of CONservative federal judges? What about Ajit Pai repealing net neutrality?

I could go on (and on), but my point is that corporate media types and “celebrities” do not care about problems faced by ordinary people in USA. Furthermore, this level of neglect towards issues affecting the majority has been going on for over two-three decades. And guess what.. that is why most people in USA no longer believe what is being reported by the corporate media. It is also why “celebrity” endorsements and condemnations no longer have any worthwhile effect on public discourse and sentiment. To summarize, people know that neither corporate media outlets nor celebrities care about their well-being and respond by ignoring whatever both are pushing.

But it gets worse. We have now reached a stage where people actively believe the opposite of whatever corporate media outlets and “celebrities” are pushing. That is why all those personal attacks and propaganda against Trump end up propping up his approval numbers rather than reduce them. Yes, you heard that right! Trump’s approval numbers would be far lower if the media stopped their personal attacks on him and instead focused on the disastrous effect of his administration’s policies. But that is unlikely to happen because those policies are not really too different from the ones implemented under Obama.

And that you see is the real problem.. corporate media types and “celebrities” hate Trump because he is a vulgar man, not because his policies are significantly different from his predecessors including Obama. To make matters worse, they want to believe that they are still relevant and influential.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. June 10, 2018 at 2:35 pm

    y’know, Pelosi, Feintstein and Hillary don’t care one damn about legalizing marijuana, they just want an excuse to throw as many brown skinned men into jail and call it justice. O’bombya wasn’t “pro gay marriage” like every goddamned progressive tries to shove down our throats, he only supported it when it was overwhelming the majority of Americans supported it.

    If Don the Con keeps us outta war with Syria, stands up to slimebag Jeff Sessions letting states choose their drug laws and doesn’t tank the economy, he’ll of already done a 200% better job than crooked Hillary could’ve done. I don’t care if he has 20 affairs behind Melania’s back. And I don’t even care if they are dudes like Richard Spencer he has them with. I just think most people are sick of the bait and switch sleazebag tactics of the democratic party….

    Agree! Also I fixed the was –> wasn’t typo.

  2. June 10, 2018 at 2:36 pm

    Obombya wasn’t*

  3. June 10, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Terrific article, this should be spread to every media departments head asap to regain our trust. As vox day says rich celebrities don’t have any skin in the game, they live in a bubble reality that is completely unrelatable to 99 percent of us. They have no skin in the game. Crime wave will not affect them. Unemployment rate skyrockets, not a problem for them. So who listens to them with two brain cells to rub together. And the paid intellectuals and opinions of the media is like eating cotton candy, yummy and then go and brush your teeth because it will rot em if you don’t! Frankly, these trade wars are over my head, and I don’t have the interest in really understanding them, so as long as he’s fighting for the betterment of the USA, I think he will maintain his support, even if the stock market hits a rough patch or the transportation workers hit a rough patch with nafta. But at some point, he’s going to have to explain what wrong he’s genuinely righting if the shit hits the fan.

  4. P Ray
    June 10, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    It seems that the MSM is the shit test for the world, along with being the feminist and SJW and employment approval committee … if you don’t agree with them, you will be stopped from making a living in any way, if you are in their sphere of influence.

    Ref “Waking Life Espresso”

  5. Not Born This Morning
    June 11, 2018 at 2:37 pm


    So, here we have Rose McGowan’s unsolicited public pubic blathering about Anthony Bourdain killing himself.

    Literally WTF?

    What motivates this whore? More specifically, why is this slut concerned in the slightest about what the public may or may not think about it and why is she “defending” Asia and specifically from what?

    How did Anthony Bourdain’s suicide activate Rose McGowan’s yeast?

    Delusional or not, McGowan apparently assumes (or wants others to assume) that Asia is blamed for Bourdain’s depression and suicide. Or does she? Is she alluding to blame or assigning power? McGowan’s defense of Asia can only be based on the claim (potential or not) that Bourdain’s suicide is somehow the result of Asia’s relationship with another man. She frames their relationship as “free” in a preemptive scam to pre-excuse Asia of any “blame”. Although she mentions it, McGowan detracts from the fact that Bourdain had a long history of depression and dropped many hints of suicidal inclinations (including on his show) for decades before he even met Asia. Is McGowan hitch hiking on Bourdain’s depression and suicide by implying Asia’s relationship with another man is the pivotal cause, the trigger? What does this tell us about what McGowan thinks of her own sexuality and that of women in general? Does McGowan really think her vagina and ass (or any woman’s) are so powerful that they can unintentionally cause or trigger the death of such an influential man as Bourdain, or any man for that matter? What may this tell us about Rose McGowan’s relationship with Harvey Weinstein and what she is doing to him?

    • June 12, 2018 at 3:18 pm

      She was recently busted for having coke on a plane.

    • Nick
      June 14, 2018 at 6:03 am

      How do you get this angry about rose McGowan writing on Asia’s behalf and not know the full picture or reasoning behind it? She was/is intimately involved with both of them. Pretty clear she’s trying to justify her friends behavior. Bottom line is he probably killed himself bc he loved Asia and she ditched him for someone else and flaunted it in public. He saw the pics and lost his shit.

  6. MikeCA
    June 12, 2018 at 12:37 pm

    Stock market is booming. Business is getting deregulation. Unemployment is lowest it has been in many years.

    Why isn’t Trump’s approval rating over 50%?

    The stock market had no relation to the real economy, business deregulation is bad for most people and unemployment numbers are bullshit.

    The real question then is why are democrats wasting their energy on endlessly screaming “Russia” and “Putin” from the rooftops? Why not focus on how Trump and republicans are failing the average person?

    I know.. because the neo-liberal policies championed by establishment democrats are not that different from those of their republican counterparts.

    • Nick
      June 14, 2018 at 6:04 am

      This is a troll. Has to be or I’ll eat my hat.

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