The president’s actions in the wake of last week’s high school shooting have received praise even from some Democrats.
Democratic pollster John Zogby told the Washington Examiner that President Trump’s response displayed “leadership,” and compared it to George W. Bush’s megaphone speech after 9/11.
“I think he rose to the moment in the same way,” Zogby commented.
“Anyone who thinks that Donald Trump is not good at politics does not see that he is the one who understands that these young people are not going to give up, that much is on the line than simple legislation, that above all they need to be heard and honored in this life-changing moment of grief,” he said.
Zogby, a former mayoral candidate, has previously censured the president for his alleged “racist rhetoric,” “crude misogyny,” and “complete lack of diplomacy and decorum.”
But now Zogby spoke highly of President Trump’s conduct at two consecutive White House meetings on Wednesday and Thursday, in which he deliberated solutions to the issue of gun violence on American school campuses.
“In his notes, Mr. Trump wrote ‘I hear you’ — the same magical words President George W. Bush shouted into a megaphone in NYC after 9/11. His legislative package may not yet be enough for some but it fosters even more conversation among a group of young people who want to believe someone can help them. Say what you want about Donald Trump — and readers know I do not hesitate — this is presidential leadership.”
The president has proposed curbing school shootings by arming qualified teachers, expanding the federal background check system, banning “bump fire stocks,” and raising the age for purchasing AR-15-style rifles to 21.
A Zogby Analytics poll from last November found that 58 percent of Americans believe they should always “be guaranteed their constitutional right to keep and bear arms.”
Another Zogby poll found that Americans largely agree with President Trump’s recent proposals.
The president has said “there is nothing more important than protecting our children.”
Today, it was my great honor to host a School Safety Roundtable at the @WhiteHouse with State and local leaders, law enforcement officers, and education officials.
There is nothing more important than protecting our children. They deserve to be safe, and we will deliver! pic.twitter.com/WhC2AxgWXO
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 22, 2018