There is consternation in the chattering class and with the national journalists club members over the low approval number of President Donald Trump. No President in this very early stage of his term has ever had such a low approval percentage.
But does this number mean anything of substance?
The President, as a candidate, had abysmal numbers in the polls. No one, not even the Prez, actually thought he would pull off the upset. No one thought, based on his low approval number, that Queen Hillary Clinton could be prevented from assuming the throne in the Oval Office.
But – the polls did not tell the tale.
And methinks, even now, the polls do not tell the tale on whether the Prez will last or succeed this initial term in office.
The numbers should be of no surprise if we look back at the 2016 election. By nearly 3 million votes, Clinton won the popular vote.
In the Heartland, where Electoral College votes count, Clinton was sank before she could get in the boat.
Here is what happened:
About 139 million Americans, or 60.2% of the voting-eligible population, cast a ballot in November’s elections, according to data compiled by the US Elections Project. That compares with 58.6% of eligible voters who turned out in 2012, but it’s below the 62.2% who turned out to help elect President Barack Obama for the first time in 2008.
The popular vote totals:
Clinton 71 million
Trump 68 million
This was out of 139 million total ballots cast.
Trump scored big in the Heartland amassing 307 Electors. That was pushing close to 40 Electors more than the 270 needed to earn the seat in the Oval Office.
On Meet the Press today, retired distinguished NBC Anchor Tom Brokaw pointed out in a recent trip to the Heartland, he talked to Trump voters. Brokaw noted that some 99% said they would vote for Trump all over again.
In other words, ignore the polls.
It is not about likability.
It is not a beauty pageant.
It is about getting things done.
It’s about hearing someone who “talks like me.”
From the Cornfield, Trump will never get anywhere close to 50%. Let’s put that pipe dream where it belongs – stuffed away in the back of the closet.
The next Presidential Election will be here soon enough. Then we will know what America wants for another four years.
For the overwhelming majority who did not want The Donald in the presidency – sorry, elections are not about getting what you want. For now just deal and wait. The next election will come soon enough.
But remember – the Heartland matters too. It is not just about the Northeast and the West Coast.