Dr. Fauci has something Donald Trump will never have: the respect of most Americans. So Trump is picking a fight with Dr. Fauci. Bad move. An excerpt from The Atlantic:
Anthony Fauci isn’t about to quit, despite the White House’s clumsy attempts to stain his public image. More so now than at any other point in their uneasy partnership, it seems that if President Donald Trump wants to be rid of Fauci, he’ll need to fire him. In recent days especially, the White House has stepped up efforts to discredit Fauci, a move he describes as “bizarre.”
“Ultimately, it hurts the president to do that,” Fauci told The Atlantic in a series of interviews this week. “When the staff lets out something like that and the entire scientific and press community push back on it, it ultimately hurts the president.”
He described the White House attacks against him as “nonsense” and “completely wrong.” He also seemed dismayed that they are coming at a time when COVID-19 is surging across the country, deaths are once again rising, and Americans remain deeply confused about how to keep themselves and their loved ones safe.
Trump mumbled some nonsense about Fauci making “a lot of mistakes” last week. When gales of incredulous laughter knocked every fleck of paint off the White House, the “You’re Fired” chickenshit dispatched anonymous goons to distribute oppo research on Fauci.
Meanwhile, a new Quinnipiac poll brings more bad news for Trump: a 15-point national lead for Biden. I know, polls schmolls, but this one contained an intriguing detail that I’ve been looking for and not seeing in all the latest good news polls: people are starting to blame Trump for the shitty economy too.
TRUMP JOB APPROVAL
Voters give President Trump a negative 36 – 60 percent job approval rating, a 6 point drop in his job approval compared to last month. In that June 18th poll, Trump had a negative 42 – 55 percent job approval rating. Trump’s net job approval is his worst since August of 2017.
TRUMP’S HANDLING OF THE ECONOMY
President Trump’s approval rating on the economy is underwater as voters approve 44 – 53 percent, compared to his 52 – 45 percent approval rating on the economy in June. Today’s numbers are his worst net score on the economy since August of 2017.
As I’ve said, I think Trump has been coasting on the economy because of low-info voters who still believe the bullshit premise of “The Apprentice,” i.e., that Trump is a decisive businessman who built a real estate empire. He’s not. He never was. He’s even too chickenshit to fire his own employees to their faces, despite the “You’re Fired” tagline of the show. It’s all a lie. We never believed it, but lots of people did.
When things fall apart, they fall apart quickly. Open thread.