Trump is a failure, and Americans know it.
Trump is the only president in modern history who has never once reached 50 percent approval during the first two years in office. He is also the only one with a two-year average approval rating below 40 percent.
"Trump has now registered the lowest first- and second-year job approval averages of elected presidents since World War II," Gallup reports, adding that he is "well on his way to having the lowest average approval rating for any president" since 1945, which is when Gallup began polling presidential approval.
While Republicans continue to support Trump, Gallup notes that he'll need more than that to get re-elected. Looking forward, Trump's "overall approval ratings in the 30s and subpar approval among independents currently give him long odds of winning the general election and a second term as president."
Trump's massive unpopularity is hardly a surprise given the massive corruption, incompetence, and malevolence he has exhibited during his stint in office.
The culture of corruption in Washington exploded when Trump came to town. White House staffers and Cabinet officials are regularly embroiled in scandals of their own making, and resignations are rampant. Trump himself is at the center of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump's own former lawyer admitted in federal court that Trump ordered him to commit felonies in order to influence the election's outcome.
On the policy front, Trump's only accomplishment is a failed tax scam that showers wealthy corporations with kickbacks while leaving most families out in the cold. He eagerly promoted a disastrous health care bill that would have caused 23 million people to lose access to health insurance and eliminated protections for individuals with pre-existing conditions. His foreign policy has coddled adversaries while alienating allies, and his ill-advised trade policy is wreaking havoc on the economy.
But more than anything, Trump's time in office has been defined by a rampant anti-immigrant racism, both in rhetoric and policy.
Trump's initial campaign announcement attacked Mexicans as "rapists," and it only got worse from there. He referred to the home countries of some immigrants as "shithole countries," yet took pains to defend a riotous mob of neo-Nazis and white supremacists as "very fine people."
And as his second inaugural anniversary approaches, Trump is shutting down the federal government over his racist, unnecessary demand to build a wall along the U.S.-Mexico border.
Trump is an unlikable oaf and a bigot, and America is fed up with him. The polls, and not to mention the historic 2018 midterms, show that voters wholeheartedly reject Trump and all that he stands for.
Published with permission of The American Independent Foundation.