A majority of Americans are open to re-electing President Trump, according to the latest HarrisX Poll for The Hill. Fifty-four percent of respondents to the survey released Monday said they were open to voting for Trump in the 2020 election. Albeit a slim majority, it's a decent starting place, considering that the data was collected prior to Trump being cleared of any collusion with Russia by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
In the week since Mueller's exoneration, the president's approval ratings continue to improve—and that's coming from his critics. The "Washington Post" owned by Amazon owner and Trump foe, Jeff Bezos, published the following headline on Friday: "For the ninth time, Trump celebrates hitting 50 percent approval." Indeed a change of pace from the anti-Trump headlines that typically dominate their pages.
What is clear is that Trump is the beneficiary either way...
On Thursday, polling guru Nate Silver's Five Thirty-Eight blogged: "Trump’s Approval Rating Is Incredibly Steady. Is That Weird Or The New Normal?" and The Hill put out an article entitled: "Trump approval rating holds steady in post-Mueller poll". While it's unclear if this increase and stability in polls are indicative of an adverse voter reaction to the false reporting that permeated the media or simply an increase in support for the president due to his vindication. What is clear is that Trump is the beneficiary either way.
The president continued capitalizing on his recent vindication from the Mueller probe declaring: "The Russian hoax is finally dead" and "The collusion delusion is over" to the crowd of supporters at his Grand Rapids, Michigan campaign rally on Thursday night. Trump went on to say: "The Democrats have to now decide whether they will continue defrauding the public with ridiculous bullsh*t, partisan investigations, or whether they will apologize to the American people and join us to rebuild our crumbling infrastructure, bring down the cost of health care and prescription drugs … help us fix our broken trade deals,” Trump said.
The president relished in victory despite the “three years of lies and smears and slander,” he – not his Democratic opponents – emerged from their witch hunt as the victor. The ever-confident Trump added: “And guess what?” as his faithful supporters roared in approval. “We won!.” According to CCN.com Trump's rally performance is certain to have played a part in what sent stocks up by 120 points on Friday morning.