Bad News For the Resistance: Trump’s Re-Elect Numbers Similar to Obama and Clinton

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks during a campaign town hall at Ocean Center, Wednesday, Aug. 3, 2016, in Daytona Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

As midterm elections approach, many in D.C. and around the country eagerly look toward the 2020 presidential election.

President Trump has been clear about his desire to run for re-election. In March, the White House announced that the Trump campaign had hired Brad Parscale to run his 2020 bid. Parscale was the digital media director for his winning 2016 campaign.

Though a campaign hire may seem a bit premature, it indicates a strong confidence in both the voters who supported his initial rise and in the populist message. In fact, President Trump officially filed for re-election with the FEC on January 20, 2017; the date of his inauguration.

Talk about wasting no time.

Some may scoff at this preparedness, but according to a recent Gallup poll, President Trump has every right to feel secure. The latest figures place him in the same territory as Clinton and Obama in terms of re-election hopes.

The percentage of voters who say Trump deserves re-election is essentially identical to that of Bill Clinton and Barack Obama at the time of the 1994 and 2010 midterm elections, respectively. More voters said George W. Bush deserved re-election at the time of the midterm elections in his first term, in 2002.

Still, there is some concern this far out from midterms.

Trump’s approval ratings have been significantly worse than those of his predecessors at similar points in their presidencies. And his re-elect figures do not match those of Clinton (40% in April 1994) and Obama (46% in March 2010) in the spring of their first midterm election years. However, by the time voters cast ballots in those presidents’ first midterms that fall, the percentage of voters believing Clinton and Obama deserved to be re-elected had fallen to the same level Trump is at now.

It remains to be seen just how much impact this fall’s election results will have on President Trump’s plans for the future.

Democrats are certainly unhappy with the majority in Congress. If a blue wave crushes Republican midterm plans, that will only increase the desire among GOP voters to keep the White House safely in Trump’s hands. Conversely, it will further fuel Democrat passion at the polls in order to complete a sweep and regain control in 2020.

The Gallup results have Trump virtually tied with former presidents of the opposite political persuasion. This says much about perception versus reality in this toxic climate. Clearly, the president has many consistent detractors on both sides of the aisle. However, when faced with whether he deserves re-election, voters give him the Clinton and Obama treatment. That’s not exactly in line with the popular “he is the devil and no one likes him” narrative.

Trump’s standing with independents and supporters of the opposition party is similar to that of Clinton and Obama at the time of the 1994 and 2010 midterm elections. About one in three independents believed each deserved re-election, and fewer than one in 10 Republicans did. Trump’s numbers among Republicans are essentially the same as Obama’s among his fellow Democrats in 2010, but slightly better than those of Clinton among Democrats in 1994. Trump would need to see a recovery in his support over the next two years to successfully win re-election, as Clinton and Obama did.

This is not to say that an incumbent win for President Trump is even close to certain. November 3, 2020 is still a long way off.

As it stands right now, though, the p***y hat-wearing members of the Resistance should feel uneasy as they march against a leader whose re-election chances fall in line with two-term presidents of the recent past.

Follow Kimberly Ross on Twitter: @southernkeeks.

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Amy Schumer Proves That a Social Justice Agenda Is Box Office Poison

Social justice politics is like a reverse Midas touch. The moment it comes in contact with something, instead of pure gold, it turns into absolute garbage.

It’s what happened to Twitter, it’s what’s happening to YouTube, and it’s definitely what happens to movies and shows that become weighted down with SJW propaganda.

The latest example is Amy Schumer’s “I Feel Pretty,” a sort of reversal of the “Shallow Hal” movie where Schumer’s character perceives herself as super-model hot after an accident. The movie is meant to promote the idea of body positivity, which is a tenet of the SJW religion. While there’s nothing wrong with being confident in the skin you’re in, this idea is usually promoted in order to make unhealthy lifestyles and body weight okay.

Naturally, no one is buying into the social justice propaganda that Schumer is selling, and as a result, the movie is currently raking in $16 million in ticket sales, which is half of its $32 million budget. Half of those ticket sales go to the theaters, so the studio is actually losing a lot of money here.

But it’s not just the fact that “I Feel Pretty” is a bad movie. It’s the fact that Schumer, the lead actress, is so disliked by movie-going audiences that they have zero interest in watching her in a movie covering a subject they have even less interest in. Schumer’s likability is the weight that is sinking this movie, but it’s Schumer’s own doing.

Paul Bois at the Daily Wire put it best:

As I highlighted last week, several reasons have created the dead-on-arrival status of Schumer’s films. After rising to the top with her Comedy Central sketch show “Inside Amy Schumer,” the comedienne kicked off a promising career on the silver screen with her 2015 hit “Trainwreck,” which debuted to $30.1 million and went on to earn $140.8 million globally. Between 2015 and 2018, however, Schumer downed one-too-many martinis with sycophantic leftists in the Hollywood cocktail scene and followed actress Jennifer Lawrence in the quest to savage her goodwill with American audiences by repeatedly insulting them.

Since then, the cousin of Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer has pushed heavy gun control, endorsed radical feminism at the “Women’s March,” and characterized Trump supporters as “rich, entitled white people” and “very poor people who’ve been tricked into it.”

Schumer’s politics became so toxic during one of her comedy routines, it prompted as many as 200 former fans to boo her and walk out of her show. She has yet to learn that alienating half your customer base with rude insults will only encourage them to stay home.

Schumer made the fatal mistake that many a celebrity does, and that’s buying into the Hollywood bubble’s message that there is only one accepted ideology in America, and everyone hates the few that reject the mainstream social justice narrative. Problem is, the reverse is actually true. Audiences tend not to buy into the SJW narrative, even if some do on the surface in order to avoid being a social pariah. The majority of America has no interest in Schumer’s advocacy.

Schumer bit into what they were selling hook, line, and sinker, and then Schumer did what she does naturally, and took it to an extreme. This going overboard was somewhat funny when it was just crude jokes about her experiences, but when she added the SJW agenda to her act it turned it into the aforementioned garbage. “The Schumer Touch,” we’ll call it.

The Schumer Touch can be seen bringing many things down. The all-female Ghostbusters remake flopped massively due to its focus on an agenda rather than good storytelling. Marvel and DC took a social justice turn for the worst, and as a result, their sales dropped quite a bit. Hollywood award shows have seen their audiences dissipate with every leftist agenda fueled acceptance speech. Even the NFL wasn’t safe as its embracing of social justice drove audiences away by massive numbers. This includes ESPN, who is bleeding their audience at an alarming rate.

The message is clear. America isn’t buying what the SJWs are selling. It’s not the moral movement it makes itself out to be, and only serves to divide Americans, and we get enough of that in our politics. Don’t be an Amy Schumer.

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Hey, Kanye: We ‘Free-Thinking’ Black Americans Have Always Been Here

The Twitterverse recently blew up after rapper and reality empire spouse Kanye West tweeted out his admiration for black conservative activist Candace Owens. Overnight Owens’ stock in the political landscape skyrocketed and naturally Kanye received the expected backlash from the left.

Owens rightfully responded with excitement, inviting the music mogul to sit down for a talk. She also slapped down the haters for suggesting that she’s nothing but an “alt-right” pawn.

While I find pleasure any time conservative thought breaks out of the shallow box the left typically consigns it to, I couldn’t help but feel a bit sad at Kanye’s expressed surprise over a young woman like Owens. It seemed that this may actually be the first time he’d heard of any black person thinking outside the boundaries of the strict liberal ideology.

His surprise is indicative of the problem facing our nation as a whole. The thickly insulated bubbles of the coastal liberal set have rendered them nearly completely incapable of considering that there may well be other ways to perceive and solve the various issues facing our nation. Thus, when someone does manage to pierce those soundproof walls the reactions are either absolute incredulity or dehumanization of the offending person.

West himself is someone I would consider a “free thinker”. He’s never been shy about expressing his opinion and his opinion does not always line up with his liberal peers in the entertainment industry. However, his wealth and fame has isolated him so much that his ego made it possible for him to believe he was the only person to question the liberal assumptions many black Americans are raised with. Even with all of his money, his intellect and his exposure to cultures all over the world Kanye West was shocked to discover that other black people are “free thinkers” too.

This is what we are up against in this battle of ideas that seems to get bloodier every day. Businesses are being boycotted, broadcasts are losing sponsorships, social media accounts are getting suspended – all because too many people in this country are genuinely surprised by dissent from their own world views.

Black people like Owens are really not hard to find. I started blogging nearly a decade ago just as the conservative blogosphere and media presence began to exert a larger footprint in political culture. I quickly discovered there were many other black conservative media-types who had been working for much longer than I had. Some of them began in a time when their voices were not recognized at all in media, and had all alone faced the sometimes overwhelming vitriol regularly hurled at black conservatives.

Those professional pundits aside, I began to meet many other black people who identified as conservative or at least non-liberal as I traveled to conferences and speaking engagements across the country. Often, people would approach me in hallways or at the bar and express their relief to hear someone speak for them…to them. And it wasn’t just me. I only represent one lane on the highway of free thought. There are many other African-American pundits who agree with me on some things and disagree with me on others. They’re libertarian, hardcore conservative, centrists, populists, center-right…they all had different ways to describe their thinking but they all shared one thing in common – they had left behind the narrow path of liberal thought.

My point is that when I moved out of my ingrained liberalism into a more conservative worldview, I too was shocked to discover that these people were out there. Only a few were professional “thinkers”. Most were just regular people. In fact, the person who challenged me to think outside my liberal bubble was a pastor and community activist, a black man who was the first black person I’d met who used the word “conservative” to describe his views. He was also my father-in-law.

He represented many people in our community, and in black communities across the country. I didn’t even know those people were there, because my liberal bubble had made them nearly impossible to hear. I assumed that the information I was getting from Newsweek, MSNBC and similar outlets was only objective. It never occurred to me to find alternative sources. All of my friends thought like me. All of my coworkers thought like me…and I suppose the ones who didn’t just kept their mouths shut to keep the peace. I can be rather…passionate when I think I’m right.

It was only when I opened by mind (and my bubble) to opposing ideas that I was able to really intellectually examine my views and presumptions.

Sadly, there are too many people in this country who are all too willing to continue life in the comfort of their insulated worlds. Like me, it doesn’t even occur to them to seek out opposing viewpoints and then to listen intently without a filter of rage.

Kanye’s genuine joy and surprise at discovering someone like Owens – a woman who is just one among many black people who think similarly – represents a much deeper issue that is contributing to our current state of divisiveness.

Too few people are living lives that bring them into contact with other people who are not like them.

Because of that self-inflicted isolation, when they do manage to be presented with those “others”, the reaction is often rage, hatred or surprise.

I’ll take Kanye’s surprise over any of those other reactions any day of the week. But it’s still a shame that anyone is ever surprised at all, or even that it took such a traveled, cultured, experienced man like himself so long to recognize that people like Owens are out there.

Kanye, the fact is we’ve been out here all along. Thousands of us – listening to your music, bringing you coffee, washing your cars, funding your projects. We’ve been on your tv and in your radio. Candace Owens doesn’t represent anything new. We “free thinkers” have always been a part of the African-American experience…it’s just that you didn’t notice us before now.

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