State of the Border
What a difference a State of the Union speech makes!
The Rasmussen Reports polling firm pegs President Trump’s current approval rating at an eye opening, all time high of 52%.
The controlling shareholder of Rasmussen Reports, Ted Carroll, tells Inside Washington that Trump’s “sharp rise” in public approval is “a confluence of factors”. Carroll cites: “the ending of the U.S. governmental shut-down; a strongly positive, widely-viewed State of the Union speech; rising U.S. consumer confidence; and a host of Democratic Party pratfalls involving charges of racism and sexual assault.” He also points to last week’s widely panned unveiling of New York Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez’s extreme “Green New Deal.” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi gently dismissed the socialist’s scheme, deadpanning: “The green dream, or whatever they call it, nobody knows what it is, but they’re for it, right?”
Trump made illegal immigration the centerpiece of his address to the nation. According to CBS News, 72% of viewers agreed with his ideas about immigration. Following his speech, Gallup released the startling finding that 42 million Latin Americans long to make America home — including five million in the next twelve months.
Trump’s Twitter fingers quickly went to work: “Gallup Poll: ‘Open Borders will potentially attract 42 million Latin Americans.’ This would be a disaster for the U.S. We need the Wall now!”
Whether Trump’s tweets or approval ratings will seal the deal on sealing the border is yet to be seen. The clock on the next Congressional confrontation is ticking.
[Full disclosure: Inside Washington represented Rasmussen Reports during the 2016 presidential election — the most accurate forecaster of the 2016 popular presidential vote.]