What the media aren’t telling you about Trump’s State of the Union speech

You won’t read this in New Zealand media, or indeed too many other media outlets.

It is what people really think about Trump’s State of the Union speech and it takes an insufferable bore, Piers Morgan, to tell us:

The stats don’t lie.

Within minutes of President Donald Trump’s first State of the Union speech, CBS News revealed their YouGov poll approval ratings on it.

Unsurprisingly, 97% of Republican speech watchers liked it.

More surprisingly, 72% of Independents liked it.

Staggeringly, 43% of Democrats liked it.

Overall, CBS reported that 75% of Americans approved of the speech.

For such a seriously divisive and polarising President, who is currently languishing with just 39% personal approval ratings, these were sensationally good results.

Very good results, but you have to look hard to find good news stories about Donald Trump.

Interestingly, 8/10 Americans in the poll felt the President was trying to unite the country with his speech and two thirds of Americans said it made them feel proud.

Less than a quarter that watched said it made them feel scared or angry.

Why then all the liberal angst and howls of outrage on Twitter?

Contrast this reaction with the instant and so tediously predictable blind rage spewed by the world’s liberal celebrities on social media before, during and after the address.

From my own unofficial poll – i.e. my own eyes on Twitter – I’d say 99% of them were so furious at the speech they could barely think straight.

‘I was told darkness could not exist in the light,’ tweeted Sarah Silverman. ‘But here it is, for everyone to not see.’

Jim Carrey tweeted an illustration of sharks across a map of America, then another of a weeping Abraham Lincoln and the caption: ‘It’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to.’

Andy Lassner, producer of the insufferably smug The Ellen Show sneered: ‘Good luck ‘Saturday Night Live’ on trying to make this any more f***ing ridiculous than it already is.’

Jeffrey Wright raged: ‘Can’t even watch this vile, deceitful fraud and his bizarre cult of self-interested sycophants.’

Patton Oswalt seethed: ‘I’m gonna fact check this speech: whatever he just said was bullsh*t.’

Jessica Chastain urged people not to watch the speech at all.

Billy Eichner fumed: ‘The President is a lying, incompetent, racist, misogynist sack of sh*t.’

And George Takei spouted: ‘I’m not watching some frothing orange gorilla read off a teleprompter.’

On and on it went, with these stars and many more assuming America agreed with them.

Just because you can learn lines, and act (a fancy word for being a convincing liar), doesn’t mean we should listen to what they have to say.

But it turned out the vast majority of Americans DIDN’T agree with them, which suggests they’re no longer listening to what celebrities say about politics or Donald Trump.

For more evidence of this, look at Sunday night’s Grammys that turned into a marathon political rally of epically dreary proportions.

Ratings duly plunged 24% to an all-time low.

Why? Because Americans are sick and tired of entertainers preaching about politics at awards shows, particularly when they’re all preaching from the same liberal Trump-loathing handbook.

Weapons grade whining becomes boring after a while. Looks like we’ve reached peak celebrity.

It’s hard not to agree with White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders when she said yesterday: ‘I think if Americans cared what celebrities thought then Hillary would be president but they clearly don’t.’

She added: ‘Frankly, I feel sorry for these people. They’re so focused on hating this president that they’re missing all of the great things that are happening in this country.’

Now, she would say that wouldn’t she… and yet, she has a point.

A bloody good point when you look at some of the figures

None of these celebrity Trump-bashers ever give him credit for anything.

Yet there are things happening in and to America right now for which he absolutely deserves credit not derision.

Most notably, the US economy is full steam ahead, with consistently impressive quarterly growth, the stock market smashing weekly records, and job numbers at 17-year highs.

Yes, it’s true that this is continuing a positive economic trend from the Obama years. But it’s also true that nobody would be blaming Obama if the economy had weakened under Trump in his first year.

Most impartial observers credit the President’s war on regulation and his big tax reform plan as the major driving forces for the current economic positivity.

Certainly, it helped inspire Apple, one of America’s biggest overseas job outsourcing companies, to recently announce they’re bringing $350billion and 20,000 jobs back home to the US economy.

But have you seen a single liberal celebrity acknowledge that? No.

They have their fingers in their ears going lalalalalalalalala.

Trump vowed in his presidential campaign to whack ISIS hard and as he said last night, the terror group’s now been driven out of Iraq and Syria.

This is a significant achievement too but no liberal celebrity will thank him for it, so profound and deep-rooted is the antipathy towards him.

What they don’t seem to understand is that the American people are beginning to calm down about President Trump, understand him better, accept him for what he is – good and bad – and appreciate some of the good stuff he is doing.

Winners are grinners in the end. Losers, well, they are just losers.

It appears that Trump has finally begun to make the pivot many of his supporters hoped he would make a lot earlier – from firebrand, fight-picking, tweet-storming, rabble-rousing candidate, to a more considered man as President.

I think the reason for this simple: success.

Trump’s entire DNA is predicated on winning. Every sinew of his being for the past 50 years has pulsated with a burning, insatiable desire to win.

‘You’ve gotta win,’ Trump once told me. ‘That’s what it’s all about. You know, Muhammad Ali used to talk and talk, but he won. If you talk and talk but you lose, the act doesn’t play.’

And now, after months of under-achievement, he’s beginning to win.

Meanwhile, his opponents don’t seem to have a clue either how to stop him, or who in their ranks can beat him in 2020.

I have this exact argument with my political mates, who keep on pointing at polls. They are ignoring, as many pundits in the beltway often do, what ordinary people say. That is because they don’t hang around with ordinary people…they live in the rarefied atmosphere of the beltway only speaking and interacting with people like them.

One thing’s for sure: it won’t be Hillary Clinton, who apparently still hasn’t got the message either that she lost or that hanging out with liberal celebrities is a vote-crusher to middle America.

I don’t know what possessed her to pop up in the middle of the Grammys to read out Trump-mocking lines from Michael Wolff’s book, but all it did was remind everyone yet again that she’s a sore loser, and that the Democrats haven’t found anyone else to replace her yet.

Until they do, Trump will continue to surge in confidence and if the economy does the same then I predict he will be re-elected at the next election by a bigger majority.

Don’t believe me? Take a long, careful look at that CBS poll after last night’s SOTU speech.

Like I said, the stats don’t lie.

‘This is our new American moment,’ Trump said last night. ‘There has never been a better time to start living the American dream.’

This message, one of his 115 applause lines, was approved by 75% of the country that watched it.

Trump’s American Dream is very rapidly becoming the Democrat Nightmare.

Yes it is…and polling companies and city based media are missing it.

I don’t often agree with Piers Morgan, so it is a red letter day when I do.

 

-Daily Mail


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