It’s not been a good couple of weeks for President Donald J. Trump, who is without question the nation’s most besieged chief executive in decades. Not since Ronald Reagan has a president had to battle so hard against a disgusting, dishonest media and members of Congress to get his voice heard and his agenda passed. It’s no wonder the president tweets so much.
But that said, there are some things that he can do to reverse his political fortunes and bounce back from a historic low approval rating — 38 percent this week, as measured by Rasmussen Reports, which was one of the very few polling firms that correctly predicted a Trump electoral victory in November.
As reported by Lifezette:
The ratings indicate that an erosion in Trump’s popularity has occurred not just among average voters, but in the Republican base. Adrian Gray, President George W. Bush’s polling director, noted Trump’s strong numbers among Republicans and conservatives are beginning to dip.
Part of the problem, in my view, is that Trump is getting the blame for things he should be. Take the failure to pass legislation to repeal and replace Obamacare: This failure should be blamed squarely on Republican members of Congress, and particularly a few GOP senators like McCain, Murkowski, and Collins. They all supported repeal without conditions when Barack Obama was in office, but for some reason — like #TrumpHate — they won’t do so now.
That’s not Trump’s fault. And it isn’t the president’s fault that he’s gotten pushback from Republicans on cutting the federal budget or on tax reform, before the debate on it even starts. These used to be signature Republican Party platforms. But in the age of Trump, suddenly they’re not.
Trump can regain political momentum, however, if he significantly bolsters his approval rating among the electorate. If he’s seen as a much more popular president, even #NeverTrump Republicans and some red state Democrats will be pressured into offering more support for his agenda.
Here are some ways he can do that:
— Focus on the economy: One of Trump’s chief issues during his campaign was jobs, jobs, jobs. He should reemphasize job growth early and often. “The easy solution for Trump is jobs,” Dan Gainor, vice president of business and culture at the Media Research Center, told Lifezette. “Keep the economy moving forward. The stock market is a start — 31 record highs is an amazing number. Next, get tax reform done, and that means more jobs.”
Tax reform, as I mentioned, won’t be easy but it is still necessary and one of the president’s goals.
— Get rid of the drama: “The American people don’t care about Washington gossip,” said Gainor. “They care about being able to put food on the table.” True, but to be fair to Trump, so much of the “drama” is being fomented and enabled by the mainstream media. That’s not going to change, however, because the elitist Washington press corps hates Trump and the idea of him succeeding as much as many in Congress. But Trump can stop publicly attacking his most loyal administration officials (like Attorney General Jeff Sessions) and instill some discipline in the West Wing (which he is attempting to do with the appointment of former Marine Gen. John Kelly as chief of staff).
“The recent fiasco with (fired Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci) amplified the worst suspicions about the president’s seriousness. I give him credit for recognizing and rectifying the mistake immediately. Gen. John Kelly is a fine choice [for chief of staff],” said Robert Kaufman, a professor of public policy at Pepperdine University.
— Keep planning for the death of Obamacare: A key campaign issue, Trump should make it clear he’s not giving up on getting rid of Obamacare and replacing it with free-market competition and choice. [Related: Trump may decide to end Congress’ ‘sweet deal’ regarding Obamacare subsidies.]
“Republicans in Congress were derelict in complaining about Obamacare for eight years, without devising a plausible alternative plan,” Kaufman told Lifezette. “You cannot beat something with nothing. We need an alternative, and the president must take the lead. Or gridlock will result to the benefit of the far-left agenda of the Democrats.”
— Move faster and with less distraction: Trump should not allow himself to get bogged down in the drama and minutia of Washington. If he can move more quickly and efficiently in implementing his reform agenda, he’ll score with the electorate. He should stop picking or engaging in petty fights as well, noted Kaufman.
J.D. Heyes is a senior writer for NaturalNews.com and NewsTarget.com, as well as editor of The National Sentinel.