You could almost read the frustration between the lines as NBC reported the results of their latest job approval survey done in conjunction with the Wall Street Journal.
“After a week that saw President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman convicted on eight counts of fraud and his former lawyer plead guilty to felony campaign finance charges, the president’s job approval rating remains virtually unchanged,” the network reported on their website.
The follow-up line was left unwritten: Damn it, what do we have to do to crush this guy?
According to the survey, Trump’s approval rating dipped only two percentage points in the week following the news that Michael Cohen and Paul Manafort were adjudicated guilty of their various crimes, none of which have a thing to do with Russian meddling in the 2016 election. This, despite the fact that the media has gone out of its way to portray this as the final chapter in the Trump presidency.
On the Cohen matter they’ve been particularly reckless, telling the public that Trump’s former lawyer has implicated the president as an “unindicted co-conspirator” in regards to a payment made to Stormy Daniels. This is rather dramatic language to describe a minor campaign finance violation, and it’s not even clear that there WAS a violation in the first place. More than a few legal commentators have accused Robert Mueller (or, at least, his cronies in New York) of essentially making up a crime just to implicate Trump.
It’s all a big circus, put on for the benefit of Democrats in the midterms. The American people see right through it, which is why Trump’s approval ratings aren’t going anywhere.
Even more baffling than the media’s war against the president is the short-term memory loss that appears to be at least as widespread as Trump Derangement Syndrome. Who knows, maybe one is a symptom of the other. Whatever the case may be, the press greets every new manufactured scandal as THE BIG ONE that will finally yank Trump off his throne. And every single last time, a week passes, they survey the public, and nothing has changed.
We get that this infuriates them, but you’d think they would at least remember that it happened last time, the time before that, and the time before that. How much are they drinking out there in New York and Washington?