As polling numbers released Tuesday show Trump’s popularity continues to decline, former campaign aide to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) Rick Tyler said he would put White House aides “on suicide watch.”
“All of these numbers look pretty tough, but I guess for you and me, guys who have either run in or run campaigns in Republican primaries, it’s primary numbers that I think would concern me the most and I’d guess would concern you the most as well,” “Morning Joe” host Joe Scarborough said to Tyler, an MSNBC contributor who once worked for the Cruz presidential campaign.
A CNN poll released Monday shows Trump’s support among Republican voters has dropped 14 points since February, from 73 to 59 percent. This type of disapproval from within the Party is what caused rank-and-file GOPers trepidation when Trump first emerged as the leading Republican candidate for office.
“Joe, if I were [a] political consultant looking at the candidate with this [sic] kind of numbers, I’d have them on 24-hour suicide watch,” said Tyler to Scarborough. “These numbers are not good. They don’t look recoverable.”
In total, a mere 38 percent of voters favor the job Trump has done, according to the poll, down 6 points since April; and 56 percent say they disapprove of the job he has done. 59 percent believe President Trump’s first 200 days in office have been a failure as opposed to 36 percent who see them as a success.
Furthermore, Tyler believes a New York Times article released over the weekend about the GOP preparing for a Mike Pence 2020 presidential run isn’t helping the faltering confidence in Trump, either.
“The administration and the vice president can complain about The New York Times story, but we won’t have this story if the president’s poll numbers were in the mid-50s, high 50s, or low 60s,” noted Tyler. “Instead, they’re in the 30s, and so, everybody’s speculating. And then you have an active investigation, the Russia probe, which people are beginning to question. So, everybody’s positioning for any eventualities that might occur with this very unpredictable administration,” he concluded.
Tyler is an avid Trump-hater, however, and thus his words should be taken with a grain of salt. He called Trump’s presidency “effectively over” following the failure of the GOP’s Obamacare repeal bill.
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