After enduring a week of intense criticism, President Donald Trump defied his detractors with the highest approval rating of his presidency.
A new poll released by the Wall Street Journal and NBC left an MSNBC panel stunned by the numbers as they discussed how Trump “defies political gravity.”
“President Donald Trump’s approval rating edged higher during a week in which he faced withering criticism following a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, signaling that he is positioned to weather the latest controversy sparked by his unusual brand of politics,” the Wall Street Journal reported.
“Mr. Trump’s job approval rose to 45% in a new Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll, the highest mark of his presidency and up 1 percentage point from June,” the report continued. Among Republicans, that number is a notable 88 percent – the highest approval rating of his presidency.
A panel of guest led by MSNBC’s Kasie Hunt seemed stunned by the numbers.
Hunt asked Kevin McLaughlin of Cogent Strategies Principle to “please explain” why Trump’s approval numbers have increased for Republicans “especially considering that what we saw unfold over this week contradicts Republican orthodoxy for so many years.”
“President Trump has shown us through his campaign and throughout now, polling is what I took away from the 2016 election is the American people want authenticity. You may not like what authenticity is, you may not like what he’s saying or how he’s doing it, but he doesn’t back down from it,” McLaughlin replied.
“When he goes out and does these events, I will call them, it actually helps him in fly over country,” he continued. “The outrage you see is in the corridor where we all live and work. When we get out of here, yes people say he’s a knuckle head and they’ll say stuff like that. But by and large, you’ll see people say ‘I understand what he’s doing can hurt me personally, but we all have to make sacrifices.'”
“So is he right when he basically says he ‘can walk down Fifth Avenue and shoot people’ and people would still stand with him?” asked Hunt, referring to a comment Trump made during his campaign.
“He defies political gravity,” McLaughlin observed.
He noted that another factor in Trump’s high approval numbers in the face of relentless criticism by the left is that, at least for his supporters and average Americans, Russia doesn’t really matter that much.
“When you look at tracking, Russia doesn’t register on the radar for what people care about,” McLaughlin said. “It is literally not even close to the top 15 issue.”
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