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Media Losers: Trump Grows More Popular as They Attack Him

Journalists are acting like media losers while Gallup shows that half of Americans are more confident in Trump as President.

Like all losers, media losers spend their time whining about the winner and making sure everyone knows they are losers. That explains the recent headline from NBC News: “As Trump Leaves Press Behind for Steak Dinner, Incoming Admin Already Showing Lack of Transparency.”

They thought that headline made Trump look bad. No, it demonstrated that they are true losers.

In a highly unusual move, President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday night left his Manhattan residence without notifying the reporters covering him or giving any indication of where he was going.

The maneuver seemed to deliberately limit access to the media.

The only way the press eventually ascertained his whereabouts was after a Bloomberg reporter, who happened to be dining at the 21 Club, tweeted a photo of Trump and some of his transition team in the Midtown steakhouse.

Trump spokeswoman Hope Hicks later told NBC News. “He is having dinner with his family.”

Wife Melania, daughter Ivanka Trump, her husband Jared Kushner, sons Donald Jr. and Eric Trump were all at the restaurant.

It wasn’t just NBC. Several talking heads took the same stance on TV.

The media should have known they had dug a hole for themselves the night of Trump’s surprise victory (it was a surprise to them anyway). The rational thing for them to do, at that point, would have been to stop digging.

But they can’t help it, even though it just makes them look like losers.

In the meantime, half of Americans have grown more confident in Donald Trump as the soon-to-be President. According to Gallup,

Fifty-one percent of U.S. adults say they are “more confident” in President-elect Donald Trump’s ability to serve as president based on his statements and actions over the past few days. The percentage “more confident” in Trump a few days after his election is similar to ratings when Bill Clinton and George W. Bush won their respective elections in 1992 and 2000.

The fact that similar percentages of Americans say they have more confidence in Trump in the days after his election as did so for Bush and Clinton is notable, given that Trump is much less popular as president-elect than they were. Trump’s favorable rating measured 42% in the Nov. 9-13 survey, compared with Bush’s 59% and Clinton’s 58% after they were elected.

Of course, Trump is a more polarizing figure, so more people are less confident than with previous presidents.

The difference between the 1992 and 2000 situations and today’s is that a higher percentage of Americans say Trump’s statements and actions over the past few days have made them “less confident” in his ability to serve as president than in those previous elections. Forty percent of Americans say they are “less confident” in Trump, as opposed to 28% for Bush in 2000 and 26% for Clinton in 1992. Fewer Americans say they have “no opinion” or say Trump’s actions and statements make “no difference” than was the case for the two former presidents.

In other words, media losers are unable to shake the confidence of these that voted for Trump. And their efforts may even be backfiring to some extent. They are only able to convince people who already oppose Trump.

Like the violent protesters, the media is helping Trump’s reelection campaign in 2020.

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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