Trump and his administration aren’t prepared for a House of Representatives or Senate that are controlled by the Democrats.
The shocking ABC/Washington Post polling numbers last week that showed the President’s approval rating dipping into the mid-30s and which the White House called an outlier are now being confirmed by the latest polls.
The booming U.S. economy isn’t helping the President even though 70% of voters recently polled describe the U.S. economy as "excellent" or "good" in the latest Quinnipiac University poll, matching the survey's all-time high. Yet, the potent view of the economy has done nothing to improve Trump’s approval numbers. President Trump’s job approval rating measured at just 38% versus 54% disapproval.
This and other polls now showing the President’s approval rating in the mid to high 30s could be catastrophic for the GOP and the President with the midterm elections now less than 60 days away. These low polling numbers show the American public isn’t buying the Republican’s election-year pitch that the strength of the economy is a great reason to leave them in control of the House of Representatives. Voters appear convinced that the economy is strong, but most voters don’t attribute it to Trump. It appears by the latest polls, the morass and chaos in the White House the past 17 months are starting to eat away at Trump’s presidency.
Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll, said in a statement...
"The economy booms, but President Donald Trump's numbers are a bust. An anemic 38 percent approval rating is compounded by lows on honesty, strength, and intelligence,"
Meanwhile, a separate CNN/SSRS poll that was released yesterday clearly confirms the Quinnipiac polling. Only 36% of Americans approve of President Trump’s job performance, down from 42% in August. That’s also down from 49% who said they approved of how he is handling the economy in July, August, and September.
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This is frustrating Trump and the GOP who are doing everything they can to promote the health of the U.S. economy as a reason to return them to Washington as the majority again.
The frustration is clearly getting to the President who is battling an emerging narrative of chaos and crisis that is now being buttressed by the release of veteran journalist Bob Woodward's book “FEAR” about his White House. His latest Tweet shows a concerted effort to change the narrative that seems to be consuming his presidency.
The Democrats only have to flip 23 GOP-held House seats in November to take over the majority. They appear to be in a position to win between 34 and 61 seats to assume control of the chamber. FiveThrityEight.com tracks viable polls and reports their average, which now shows an approval rating of slightly over 40%, versus roughly 53% who disapprove of his job performance.
Meanwhile, Trump and his administration are taking no visible steps to prepare to deal with a Democratic House Majority. One Trump aid asked about what they’re doing to prepare for a shift of power in Congress was quoted as saying…
"Prepare for something six months from now? We don't prepare for something that's right in front of us.”
Reporting by major news outlets indicate the current Republican congressional leadership has tried to convince Trump he needs to get ready, but they don't believe the message has gotten through. Making matters worse, there appears to be a long list of administration officials that will likely leave the White House immediately following the midterm election in November. These include important moderating advisors currently in the West Wing like Chief of Staff John Kelly, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, and White House counsel Don McGahn.
Meanwhile, should the Democrats take over the house, they will have…
- Subpoena power and complete oversight control of committees and will bombard the Trump White House with demands for testimony and documents that cannot be ignored.
- Full control of White House’s spending and access to every email, calendars, and notes that have not been examined by Congress since Trump’s assumption of the Presidency.
- The ability to investigate everything they want. Literally, every single thread happening anywhere in the government is going to be pulled. Including investigating current and former Trump Cabinet members.
While Trump encourages the narrative that he welcomes a fight and turbulence and distraction, the fact is the White House hasn’t taken a single step in preparation for the onslaught a Democratic majority in the House will mean.