President Trump’s popularity among voters has remained relatively consistent over the past couple of years. The haters on the left are baffled by this.
They don’t like it, but I think they’ve accepted the loyalty to and adoration of him by his hard-core supporters. It’s the others they don’t get. Why hasn’t he lost these voters?
Speaking for myself and many like me, we haven’t abandoned him because we’ve successfully been able to separate his policies from his antics.
And they don’t like this either, but the left may also be coming to accept this phenomenon.
What they can’t understand, accept or even tolerate is the support he has garnered among some minority groups. And worse is the fact that it has not waned.
To Democrats and the left, this is utterly bewildering. The Dems expect, if not demand, that all minority groups vote in lockstep, and only for their saviors, the Democrats. Anything less just doesn’t compute. After decades of not helping the black community, the Dems still garner between 80 and 90 percent of their votes.
Post midterm election results show that 32% of Latinos voted for Republicans. And this is four points higher than it was during the 2016 election.
Why the 4 point gain in two years? It’s probably for two reasons. One is that Latinos tend to be more religious and not big fans of abortion. As unconditional support for abortion is practically a holy sacrament to the left, it’s easy to surmise that this is a line some Latinos won’t cross to support the Dems.
And the second is immigration itself. Many Latinos are proud American citizens and they are no happier about the scourge of illegal immigration than the rest of us. They consider themselves Americans first and Hispanic second. And the more unhinged the left gets about illegals, the more Latinos may abandon them.
Latinos, like the rest of us, see through the democrat’s feeble attempt to classify illegals simply as immigrants, erasing the distinction between illegal and legal.
However, like many conservatives, Latinos are wrestling with supporting Trump’s policies and appointments while having to constantly discount his rhetoric.
A Colorado church group was discussing politics and the president after services recently. When politics came up, church-goers struggled to balance their enthusiasm for some of Trump’s judicial appointments with their distaste at his rhetoric and actions.
On this, many of us agree – Latino, white, black, whatever. I certainly do.
One example of inane tweeting was cited by the Washington Examiner back in May. Trump tweeted:
“Happy Memorial Day! Those who died for our great country would be very happy and proud at how well our country is doing today. Best economy in decades, lowest unemployment numbers for Blacks and Hispanics EVER (& women in 18 years), rebuilding our Military and so much more. Nice!”
I echo the sentiment of the Examiner author when I say – Who cares! Memorial Day is about, and only about, honoring America’s fallen military heroes. It’s not about how great the Trump economy is. Nor is it about Trump. We all complained when Obama made everything about him. Let’s have some consistency.
And this is just one of the hundreds of examples of Trump Tourette tweeting.
As seen above, he and the Republicans are not only maintaining but growing support. Imagine how much more that would grow if Trump could just a handle on the inane tweeting. Voters want to support Trump’s policies, but many just can’t separate the two. It’s like trying to enjoy a movie when you despise the star.
No one is asking him to give up tweeting altogether. I think that would kill him. But if he just toned down the combative rhetoric a bit, I think 2020 could be a very good year for both the president and the GOP.
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