The economy is doing great, but President Donald Trump's popularity with the country is slipping — why? Andrew Klavan says the Left's media assault on the president is working, and he explained how we can combat their narrative on Wednesday's episode of “The Andrew Klavan Show.”
Klavan begins by quoting a Bloomberg article talking about how great the country is doing, even as Trump is a severely unpopular president.
“There's never been a president this unpopular with an economy this good,” Klavan quotes from the article. "[T]here's little doubt the economy is on a roll ... gross domestic product expanded at its fastest clip in four years in the second quarter, unemployment is near the lowest since the 1960s, and wages look to be finally on the rise, while consumer sentiment on the economy is currently higher than the average of any president since the polls started in the 1980s. Trump's approval rating as measured by a separate poll is the lowest of the lot and the circus in Washington is seen drowning out good economic news."
But the media isn’t focusing on this — they’re focusing on the terrible things Trump says, insisting that any day now the Right will become violent. Except, it’s not the Right that is violent, outside of a few fringe, it is the mainstream Left that has become violent and tolerant of violence.
A Republican running for office in California was nearly stabbed Tuesday night by a crazed leftist. A week ago, a Republican office in Wyoming was set on fire in a suspected arson. Neither of these stories were covered by the mainstream media. And we all know that had this happened to anyone on the Left, it would be wall-to-wall coverage.
Video and transcript below:
The media's anti-Trump tactics are working to some degree. There's an article in Bloomberg, here's the headline: "There's never been a president this unpopular with an economy this good." It says: "there's little doubt the economy is on a roll ... gross domestic product expanded at its fastest clip in four years in the second quarter, unemployment is near the lowest since the 1960s, and wages look to be finally on the rise, while consumer sentiment on the economy is currently higher than the average of any president since the polls started in the 1980s. Trump's approval rating as measured by a separate poll is the lowest of the lot and the circus in Washington is seen drowning out good economic news."
So, think about it, what's the circus in Washington? Trump is an obstreperous loudmouth, he treats people badly around him, how does that affect you? That's just a story, it is a story you were being told. John Kelly says it's crazy town, or whoever said it was supposed to have said it was crazy town, even though they deny it, even though the people deny it, the rumor goes around the world before the truth can get its pants on and you are being told the story.
Oh, my goodness gracious, what a terrible thing, and one day Donald Trump may just pick up a phone and bomb North Korea and nobody will be able to do a thing about it, which is utter nonsense! That's the story that's being told instead of the real story.
This other story that they use, the McCain memorial, to put forward the "Democrats are more civil than Republicans" argument. Republican congressional candidate Rudy Peters who's running against Democratic incumbent Eric Swalwell in California, was attacked by an assailant wielding a switchblade while campaigning at the Castro Valley Falls Festival on Sunday. This nutcase started shouting about Donald Trump, and then rushed at him with the switchblade, and luckily the candidate, Rudy Peters, was able to grab his campaign sign and fend off the switchblade.
I just want to say since we're talking about civility, and who causes violence, and who's inciting violence, we're always told any minute now Donald Trump's rhetoric is going to incite violence. We're constantly being told that on the news, let's listen to the way the network's covered this story last night:
That's not much coverage there, nothing. We're constantly hearing that Donald Trump's rhetoric is "oh the chaos, oh the horror, oh he calls them this." They say: When he calls the press enemies of the people, that's what Stalin said!
Yeah but there's a big difference, Trump's not Stalin! So, it doesn't matter if he's using the same language. A week before the stabbing happened, there was another story, a Republican Party office in Wyoming was set on fire just two days after it opened, local authorities say the fire was arson. Here's how this was covered in the news:
Hey geez, that sounds almost the same as the other story, it's almost as if they're not covering this stuff at all! Let me mention another one, just to give you the idea of the civility on the Left. PJ Media's Denise McAllister, who is a pal, she's been on the show, she's an absolutely delightful, wonderful mom, and she put out a tweet the other day saying "at the root of abortion hysteria is women's unhinged desire for irresponsible sex, sex is their God, abortion is their sacrament, it's abhorrent as women have flung themselves from the heights of being the world's civilizing force to the muck and mire of dehumanizing depravity."
She is now in hiding because they're calling her up and threatening to rape her and kill her. I mean this is how the Left operates, it is how the left operates and not how the right operates. On the Right we have extremists, it's true, but this is mainstream stuff on the Left now, and it's not just happening here, it's happening in England. The Conservative MP Jacob Rees-Mogg brought his children outside his home and he was surrounded by leftist demonstrators. These guys shouted at his children about how much people hate their dad. This basically is a guy screaming at his children "your daddy is a bad guy, everybody hates your daddy, your daddy doesn't pay your nanny enough" and all this stuff – because when you are a leftist you see, you are elevated to such a high moral plane that you're allowed to do this. You're allowed to chase Sarah Sanders out of restaurants, you're allowed to torment Mitch McConnell as he walks down the street.
In Brazil the right-wing candidate Jair Bolsonaro, 63, was stabbed by a leftist religious fanatic and a knife attack that almost killed him. He is campaigning from a hospital bed. It's not just the stories they tell, it's the stories they don't tell. Apparently, voters are worried about Trump being rude – Trump is rude, I've hit him on this a million times, I don't think he should treat people like that. They hit him on the chaos in his administration, I'm sure he is a chaotic manager, already some of the people are saying these stories of people taking off important papers from his desk are untrue. I told you when I heard that that I didn't believe that story, it's not that there are not staffers who will remove something saying the president doesn't need to see that, but I really do not believe that anybody took an actual executive order off the President's desk, I just don't believe that story.
So, these are the stories you're supposed to care about, you're supposed to wake up in the middle of the night and say: "Oh man, John Kelly has really got it tough." John Kelly has faced bullets for this country, I'm sure he can face an obstreperous Donald Trump and give as good as he gets, I'm not worried about John Kelly, he looks like a fellow who could take care of himself. I worry about my family, I worry about the things that are happening in my life because that's the story I'm telling, that's the story my life tells, and I don't care what story they're trying to force down my throat.