If you didn’t already know how out-of-touch the liberal media is from reality, now we have confirmation.
In the past two weeks, the media turned on a dime, pivoting away from “Russia, Russia, Russia” to “racism, racism, racism.”
After Charlottesville, the mainstream press smelled blood in the water, and went in for the kill. Without any pretense of journalistic integrity, the liberal elites of the largest news organizations wanted to use the tragic death of Heather Heyer to destroy President Donald Trump.
But guess what? Most Americans don’t really want the statues torn down. In fact, most Americans haven’t given those statues much thought at all. As Josh Kraushaar of the National Journal reports, public opinion does not match with the post-Charlottesville reporting:
The most surprising finding from the latest polling is how many Americans agree with Trump on the issue of Confederate statues. A PBS/NPR/Marist poll conducted after the Charlottesville protests found a whopping 62 percent of registered voters preferring to maintain Confederate memorials as a “historical symbol” over removing them “because they’re offensive to some people.” The issue united Republicans (86 percent approved maintaining them and only 6 percent disapproved), while dividing Democrats (47 percent approved removing them and 44 percent disapproved). Even a 44 percent plurality of African-Americans didn’t want to tear them down.
Trump, by correctly blaming both sides (racist extremists and Antifa), has improved his standing with the Republican base. In fact, 87% of Republicans agree with him on this issue. This is above the 80% of the GOP that approves of Trump’s job performance in general.
Now, after Charlottesville, Trump’s job performance has already improved with voters by 4% in Gallup, and is up 6% in just one month on Quinnipiac. Averages, across the board, show that Trump’s job performance ratings are increasing, and Charlottesville has not hurt him politically.
How did this happen? I think it’s reasonable to assume many Americans didn’t know who Antifa was until last week. Now, in front of millions, Trump explained they are violent leftists who are purposefully inflaming and agitating racial divisions. Trump is such a powerful and effective communicator, that he was able to convey this truthful message over the heads of the liberal media establishment.
Trump clearly understands the American people more than the political and media elites.
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