The President's Approval-Disapproval

CAL THOMAS COMMENTARY JULY 10, 2019

         THERE IS GOOD AND BAD NEWS FOR PRESIDENT TRUMP IN THE LATEST WASHINGTON POST-ABC NEWS POLL. THE GOOD NEWS IS THE PRESIDENT’S APPROVAL RATING HAS RISEN TO THE HIGHEST POINT OF HIS PRESIDENCY. 44 PERCENT APPROVE OF HIS PRESIDENCY, UP FROM 39 PERCENT IN APRIL.

         THE BAD NEWS IS THAT 53 PERCENT DISAPPROVE OF HIM. HOW CAN THIS BE? WITHOUT DOUBT IT IS BECAUSE OF HIS PERSONALITY. PEOPLE THINK A PRESIDENT SHOULD BE ABOVE PERSONAL ATTACKS. RONALD REAGAN USED TO SPEAK OF “OUR DEMOCRATIC FRIENDS” BEFORE CRITICIZING THEIR POLICIES, BUT OFTEN HUMOROUSLY. REAGAN NEVER WENT FOR THE PERSONAL ATTACK, OR DEMEANED HIS OPPONENTS.

         PRESIDENT TRUMP ON THE OTHER HAND “GOES NUCLEAR” AT THE SLIGHTEST CRITICISM. IT IS SO UNNECESSARY. HE HAS SO MANY POLICY VICTORIES AND GOOD IDEAS, BUT THEY ARE BEING OVERWHELMED BY HIS PERSONALITY. THE QUESTION IS WILL VOTERS BE SO TIRED OF THIS THEY WILL THROW HIM OUT OF OFFICE IN THE NEXT ELECTION, EVEN THOUGH HIS DEMOCRAT SUCCESSOR WOULD UNDO ALL THE GOOD HE HAS DONE?

         IT’S A PREDICAMENT OF THE PRESIDENT’S OWN MAKING AND ONLY HE – OR GOD – CAN ALTER HIS COURSE . I’M CAL THOMAS.