On Monday, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough stated President Trump is losing to Washington.
In a reference to The Washington Post’s columnist David Ignatius’ statements about Trump’s flailing poll numbers, domestically and internationally, Scarborough lamented that Trump is learning the hard way abiding by Washington’s rules.
Scarborough said the following on his hosted program, “Morning Joe:”
“What Trump is learning here is, what we’ve said before, Washington always wins. You don’t play by Washington’s rules. The courts are going to grab you. The intel community is grabbing the other leg. The House is going to grab you by the arm. The Senate will grab you by the other arm. And, he doesn’t seem to realize the more he flails, the more he lies, the more he struggles, the deeper he gets in political quicksand.”
Ignatius’ own comments were strikingly similar as to how Trump’s resistance to the political status quo is costing him his favorability:
“He is now president. He is dealing with problems that he has never encountered … and, you know what? The cost of this kind of, you know, brash business tactics is declining poll numbers not just at home but around the world. There was an amazing German poll that showed in four months, since the November election, trust in the United States as an ally has fallen from 55 percent down to 22 percent. That’s an extraordinary change and that tells you there is a cost for this kind of behavior on the part of Donald Trump.”
NBC senior political analyst Mark Halperin also claims Trump supporters are beginning to be fed up with their favored candidate. On Sunday, a Gallup poll indicated Trump’s current approval rating is at 37%, which is an 8-point decline from a week prior.
“I heard that when I was out with him last week … from his supporters, who said, ‘We want him to focus on the things he said he would do,” Halperin told The Hill, “not these sideshows.’”
It is important to note that Trump has claimed MSNBC is fake news, and he has been in constant conflict with the network. For example, MSNBC’s most popular host, Rachel Maddow has put forward extra effort in trying to attach bad headlines to the president. Just last week, Maddow tried pulling a ratings stunt by making a huge announcement that she had “Trump’s tax returns,” and that they offered proof of some level of wrongdoing on Trump’s part. It turned out she had only the top two sheets from his 2005 return, and they were completely legitimate. She was later ridiculed by both sides of the aisle. She did, however, rake in 4.1 million viewers.
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