David Frum: People Around Trump Have “No Idea” How Much Trouble He’s In
George W. Bush’s former speechwriter believes that those close to President Donald Trump have “no idea” how much trouble he is in, Newsweek reported this week.
David Frum, political commentator and author of the book Trumpocracy: The Corruption of the American Republic, posted poll results on Twitter showing that Americans and Trump are not on the same page.
"American voters are receptive to Joe Biden's argument that Trump has lowered US standing in the world," Frum tweeted, attaching a Gallup poll from February 2019 showing that 53 percent of those surveyed said they were dissatisfied with the U.S.' position in the world.
"Trump's in a lot of trouble—and the people around him have no idea how much, because they derive their information from media that earn their living by deceiving their users," he tweeted later.
Americans’ opinions divert from the president’s on numerous issues, according to the poll, including the importance of addressing climate change, the military threat that is Russia, and foreign trade.
"Trump's unpopularity is contagious. Trump likes Russia? Americans turn against it. Trump distrusts trade? Americans embrace it. The distorted voting system cushions the electoral shock of that fact. But fact it is. Those who make statements about public opinion should be mindful," Frum said.