Donald Trump has taken the road less traveled by American presidents, far more often traveled by dictators and plutocrats: his election never seemed to pause his campaign. He still holds rallies virtually indistinguishable from those of the era in which he was vying for the job he currently holds.
Perpetual campaigning, however, has not done this president any favors. The most glaring indication of this is the fact that his job approval ratings have languished in the Gallup daily tracker between 34%-38% since June.
Another example of Donald Trump’s nonexistent mandate — which he would surely argue he deserves — is the impotence of his endorsement. The race in which Trump has most famously inserted himself is the battle between Roy Moore and Luther Strange. Despite the president having called into a local radio show to sing the praises of Luther Strange and repeatedly call Roy Moore by the wrong name… Roy Moore won.
As the public has learned more about the Republican senatorial candidate, he has become a far greater liability to the GOP than anyone could have imagined. In which universe could we imagine the far right defending pedophilia as being anywhere between kind of palatable… to biblically laudable, as was the case when an Alabama state auditor argued to the Washington Examiner, “Take Joseph and Mary. Mary was a teenager and Joseph was an adult carpenter. They became parents of Jesus. There’s just nothing immoral or illegal here. Maybe just a little bit unusual.”
Trump’s inability to inspire voter confidence in Luther Strange has cost his party dearly.
But what do voters really think of Trump? Moreover, what do voters think about the prospect of a second-term Trump administration?
A Politico/Morning Consult poll aimed to find out just that by pitting Donald Trump against a hypothetical Democratic candidate in the next election. The poll found that 46 percent of respondents were down to vote for a completely hypothetical Democrat versus 36 percent who said they would vote to give the president a second term; 18 percent responded as “undecided.”
It’s never good to be just ten months deep into a first term and hear that voters would vote for literally any candidate from the opposition party.
Joe Biden — sure. George Clooney — why not? Donald Trump — NOPE.