Timing may be “everything” but in politics it is also the stuff from which irony seeps as underscored by the release of a new Rasmussen survey showing that a majority of voters believe President Donald Trump is more interested in what they think than what the media things.
This appeared on the same day that the National Democratic Training Committee launched a survey to “analyze Democratic sentiment regarding the 2020 Presidential Election.” It includes a request for contributions to “train Democrats to win,” but it asks a bizarre question right up front:
Do you think Joe Biden and Kalama Harris should run together in 2020? This comes after Harris caused Biden to stumble a bit when she related her busing story, which some think was manufactured.
Fox News is reporting that another Democrat presidential contender, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI) stated in an interview with Tucker Carlson that she didn’t think Harris is qualified to be commander-in-chief.
“I think one of the things I’m most concerned with is Kamala Harris is not qualified to serve as commander-in-chief, and I can say this from a personal perspective as a soldier,” said Gabbard, a veteran of Iraq, where she served as a member of the Hawaii Army National Guard. “She’s got no background or experience in foreign policy and she lacks the temperament that is necessary for a commander-in-chief.”
Such comments are always good fodder for stirring up a political race.
Meanwhile, the Democrat email also included this: “Listen, there are 518,000 elected positions in this country. Imagine if Democrats fought for every race — no matter how small. Imagine a world where our values of compassion and dignity for all people are upheld on every school board, on every city council, and in every state legislature.”
This compassion and dignity about which the Democrats speak, does that include repeatedly accusing the president of racism? Does it include Sen. Cory Booker (D-NJ) now running for the party nomination to challenge the president in 2020 telling a late-night talk host that his testosterone makes him “feel like punching” Trump?
According to the Rasmussen survey, 53 percent of voters think the average member of Congress cares more what the media thinks than what their constituents think. Only 33 percent believe Congress cares more what voters think.
The survey also notes that 41 percent of likely voters think the president’s political skills are good to excellent, but 45 percent gave him “poor marks in this area.” He gets much higher marks from Republicans than from Democrats and independents, according to Rasmussen Reports.
In Rasmussen’s daily presidential tracking poll, 50 percent of likely voters approve of Trump’s job performance while 49 percent disapprove, reinforcing the notion that the nation is split sharply on the president.
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