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And the Trump goes marching on


On the off-chance that Donald Trump is a praying man, he should get down on his knees every night and thank God for the Democrats. If he triumphs in 2020 it will be due not only to the growing economy, but in large part to the disaster that is the Democratic Party and its compliant media machine.

Far from being neutral purveyors of news, the mainstream media are unapologetic about their anti-Trump stance, MSNBC’s Donny Deutsch going so far as to say on Morning Joe that all Trump voters are essentially Nazis: ‘If you vote for Trump, you’re the bad guy.’

If it weren’t for double standards the liberal Left wouldn’t have any standards at all. Bakers who politely decline to make a cake for a homosexual wedding are ‘hate-filled bigots’ who should be and are prosecuted. Restaurateurs who refuse to serve customers with whom they disagree politically, as happened to Sarah Huckabee Sanders, are praised for their courage and sticking to their principles.

Those who agonise over children being separated from parents who try to break into America have no problem with school-age girls being given abortions without their parents’ knowledge, or schools permitting children to self-identify as transgender without parental consent.

The vagina hats and ‘nasty women’, the meltdowns whenever Trump sends a tweet, the cries of ‘Not my President’ and posturing Hollywood elites are having an effect: they are convincing the mass of non-ideologically driven Americans that much of the Democratic Party and its hard-core supporters have lost the plot. Every time Maxine Waters stands in front of a camera, Middle America shakes its head and support for Trump increases.

As the Democrat policy-makers move ever further Leftward, more traditional Democratic voters are beginning to agree with Ann Marie Cosgrove, a 60-year-old who works in education. She told the New York Times: ‘I didn’t leave the Democratic Party, the Democratic Party left me.’ Whilst this doesn’t automatically mean that all disillusioned Democrats will turn to Trump, it does indicate that the Democrats have a significant problem.

Despite the unprecedented tsunami of media criticism, Trump is actually growing in popularity. A Harvard CAPS/Harris poll shows his approval rating, which has been trending upward since March this year, reaching 47 per cent. This is the highest in more than a year, and a two-point gain in the last month.

Trump’s support amongst Republicans is at 90 per cent, the level of support George W Bush received only immediately after the national disaster that was 9/11. The Republican hierarchy may politely try to distance themselves from Trump but rank-and-file Republican voters are turning to him with increasing confidence.

Millennials, to the surprise of many, are amongst those walking away from the Democrats. #WalkAway has gone viral on Twitter, indicating that a significant awakening could be taking place in American politics. The hashtag represents a growing movement of Democrats, particularly minority Democrats, who are disavowing the Left’s bigotry, hypocrisy and intolerance, and turning their back on the party and looking afresh at conservatism.

A recent Reuters/Ipsos poll of 65,000 registered voters included 16,000 between the ages of 18 and 34. Amongst these millennials support for Democrats appears to have dropped by nearly 9 per cent since the 2016 election.

At the time of the election two years ago, young whites favoured Democrats over Republicans for Congress by a margin of 47 to 33 per cent. This year the gap has disappeared, with 39 per cent supporting each party. The shift was especially dramatic among young white men. Two years ago they favoured Democrats but now say they prefer Republicans to Democrats by a margin of 46 to 37 per cent.

Trump has also seen a four-point gain among registered Democrats. This was evident at his latest rally on June 20 in historically Democratic Minnesota, which he lost in the election. Examination of Republican National Committee records indicate that amongst the crowd of over 9,000 at least 60 per cent were either Democrats or independents.

For decades the Democrats have taken for granted the votes of ethnic, sexual and religious minorities. No longer.

The media remain fixated on border issues. So intense is their hysteria regarding border enforcement that former CIA Director Michael Hayden compared Trump’s detention policies to Auschwitz. Yet there has been a ten-point swing among Hispanic voters who are not put off by his policies on immigration.

Legal Hispanics support border controls: they wish to preserve what they have worked hard for and to which they are legally entitled. Statistically Hispanics are the most entrepreneurial demographic in America. Trump’s policies such as tax cuts and cracking down on the MS-13 gang drive growth and public safety, and Latinos notice.

Support for Trump is growing amongst African Americans, who are beginning to see real economic improvements. The unemployment rate for the group is currently 6.8 per cent, the lowest recorded since the American government started keeping track in 1972.

An Economist/YouGov poll in May revealed that Trump had 23 percent approve and 59 percent disapprove rating amongst African Americans. 18 percent are unsure. More important than the actual figures, which sound highly negative, is the direction in which they are moving. Trump’s present overall approval rating amongst African-Americans is more than double the 8 percent of black voter support Trump received on election day 2016, and 9 points higher than the black vote Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney received in 2012.

Trump’s overall approval figures are also improving. In mid-December 2017, 57.5 per cent disapproved and 36.4 per cent approved of his performance. At the end of last month the figures showed disapproval down to 52.7 per cent and approval up to 41.9 per cent.

The anti-Trump onslaught in the media will continue; they never learn. Meanwhile Trump will continue doing his thing and gradually more and more ordinary people will wake up and begin to realise that the alternative is much, much worse.

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Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack
Dr Campbell Campbell-Jack
Campbell is a retired Presbyterian minister who lives in Stirlingshire. He blogs at A Grain of Sand.

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