US President Donald Trump has retweeted a post that calls former Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton a “skank”.
US President Donald Trump has retweeted a post that calls his former Democratic presidential rival Hillary Clinton a “skank”.
The post from conservative politician John K Stahl, refers to Democratic candidate Joe Biden’s improving opinion polls and expresses scepticism about their accuracy.
Mr Biden has been campaigning around the US using a “No Malarkey” slogan and Stahl’s tweet mocked his increasing popularity.
“When I see 1 of those polls that has Malarkey the Racist up 6-8 points everywhere, I’m thinking they must have called the same 1,000 people from 2016 that said HRC the Skank was up 6-8 %,” Stahl’s post said, referring to Ms Clinton as “HRC”.
Mr Trump has retweeted a number of posts from Stahl, who has also mocked the physical appearance of potential vice presidential candidates Stacey Adams and House speaker Nancy Pelosi.
“Anyone know what’s going on with PolyGrip?” Mr Stahl tweeted, referring to Ms Pelosi in one tweet.
“I’ve noticed lately that her face seems glossy and she is sporting a poorly marked 2nd set of eyebrows. I’m thinking it’s an extreme case of incurable TDS.”
TDS refers to Trump Derangement Syndrome, a term Trump supporters use to describe people who have a deep loathing and fear of the President.
The tweets come as The New York Times devoted its front page to summing up the staggering death toll from coronavirus in the US, listing 1000 Americans who had lost their lives to the virus.
In total, almost 100,000 Americans have died, and the US leads the world with a reported 1.6 million coronavirus cases, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins University.
Anyone know what’s going on with PolyGrip? I’ve noticed lately that her face seems glossy and she is sporting a poorly marked 2nd set of eyebrows. I’m thinking it’s an extreme case of incurable TDS. Any thoughts? #maga#tcot#kagpic.twitter.com/FkduhFHWZR
Americans’ views of the federal and state government response to the coronavirus crisis are starting to sour – yet President Donald Trump’s personal approval rating has remained steady.
A new poll from The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research shows that 41 per cent of Americans approve of the president’s job performance, while 58 per cent disapprove.
That’s consistent with opinions of Trump before the pandemic, as well as throughout his more than three years in office.
The survey highlights one of the remarkable features of Mr Trump’s tenure as president: Despite a steady drumbeat of controversies, an impeachment trial and now a historic public health crisis, few Americans have changed their views of him.
He’s failed to increase his support in any measurable way, yet he also has retained the approval of his core backers, including the overwhelming majority of Republicans.
Less than six months from his Election Day face-off against Democrat Joe Biden, the consistency of Trump’s support appears to leave him with the same narrow path to victory that first propelled him to the White House in 2016, even as the pandemic and resulting economic crisis up-end nearly every aspect of American life.
Mr Biden’s campaign believes Mr Trump’s uneven handling of the crisis will ultimately cost him his job in November.
“The scale of the loss is staggering and it’s infuriating,” Mr Biden said this week. “But more than that, it’s heartbreaking to think how much fear, how much loss, how much agony could have been avoided if the president hadn’t wasted so much time and taken responsibility.”
Overall, the poll of 1,056 adults conducted May 14-18, shows that 39 per cent of Americans approve of Trump’s handling of the virus.
Just 31 per cent of Americans approve of the federal government’s response. Forty-eight per cent disapprove, including 20 per cent of Trump’s supporters – suggesting that some view the president apart from the sprawling federal apparatus he oversees.
Approval ratings for the federal government have slipped as the pandemic has stretched on, from 40 per cent approval one month ago to 31 per cent now.
The AP-NORC survey shows that 62 per cent of Americans say Trump isn’t listening to health experts enough as he navigates the pandemic response.
Among Democrats, 91 per cent say he is not listening to the experts enough. Three in 10 Republicans also say he isn’t listening enough, while a majority – 59 per cent – think he is doing about right.
“He almost takes pride in doing that,” said Maria Cardona, a Democratic strategist. “That is dangerous for everyone.”
The federal government’s handling of the crisis still ranks above that of Congress: Just 23 per cent of Americans approve of the congressional leaders’ response.
In March, Congress approved a $2 trillion rescue plan that sent direct payments to millions of Americans and provided loans to both small businesses and large corporations.
Work was expected to quickly start on an additional round of rescue money, and the Democratic-led House approved a $3 trillion plan last week.
However, the bill faced no prospects of passage in the GOP-controlled Senate, and negotiations on a compromise package appear to be slow-moving.