Despite the media working overtime to sell the narrative that President Donald Trump is out of control in his insistence on a southern border, a new ABC News / Washington Post poll shows that a growing number of Americans are moving in his direction.
The joint poll conducted by ABC News and the Washington Post runs counter to their own recent stories. Both reported that support for a wall was waning but this most recent poll shows the opposite. Support for the wall has never been as high as it is now.
A slight majority of Americans still don’t agree with the President but the shift in favor of Trump’s plan is dramatic. A little over a year ago, just 34 percent of those polled said they supported the Mexico/U.S. border wall. That number had grown to 42 percent.
As Daniel Chaitin of the Washington Examiner notes: “With 54 percent, the majority of Americans polled still oppose building a border wall. However, that opposition is shrinking, as 63 percent opposed the wall a year ago and the previous low was 60 percent two years ago.”
Throughout this current shutdown spurred by dissent over the wall, the President remains resolute that the wall must be built. Trump’s determination to keep his promise to those who elected him and the rest of this nation has become a line in the sand between him and stonewalling Democrats.
The President’s demand for over 5 billion dollars to fund border security led Democrats to reject any spending that included a wall. Since then, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D- NY) have continued to argue that Trump has been whipping up his supporters by manufacturing a crisis.
With Washington wringing its hands over whether federal employees will get paid on time, Trump traveled to Texas and met with border agents who are also facing the reality of what a government shutdown means to their bank accounts and families.
There was no dissent from that group of federal employees. During his visit with law enforcement officials he tweeted:
The damage done to our country from a badly broken border — drugs, crime and so much that is bad — is far greater than a shutdown, which the Dems can easily fix as they come back to Washington!
The President is facing two opposing trends that stem from the same issue. Almost half of Americans approve of his handling of the wall but over half blame the President and congressional Republicans for the current stalemate in Congress.
The Drudge Report proclaimed in red last week, “POLL TRUMP APPROVAL LOWEST IN YEAR”. The next day, speaking to the American Farm Bureau Federation in New Orleans seemed unphased by the polls’ mixed bag of results. “When it comes to keeping the American people safe,” he declared, “I will never, ever back down.”
He insisted that the wall must be built to prevent what he called a humanitarian “crisis” at the US/Mexico border. Trump accused Democrats of using wall funding as a way to deny him a win before the 2020 presidential election. “We’re dealing against people who think they can stop me from building the wall,” he said. “They think that’s a good thing for 2020.”
Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s White House counselor told reporters he is willing to go around congressional leaders and bring the negotiation to “rank-and-file” Democrats, in particular moderates who represent districts he won in 2016.
“I would ask a number of them what they think, because I have been reading their regional and local press back home, and what they say there is quite different than some of the national coverage,” she said. “They are telling their constituents: ‘Hey, I’m for some kind of fencing or barrier.’”
But Trump needs to not only take a fight to Congress but win it. “…A loss on what is his biggest campaign promise would be a catastrophe going into 2020,” said one GOP consultant, who requested anonymity to discuss the dynamics.
One this is certain – Americans are growing weary of the media spin. Video of Jim Acosta of CNN painting the border problem as a non-issue and talking heads at MSNBC openly ridiculing the president’s stance on the border calling him a “man alone” on this issue just doesn’t resonate with the average voter.
The only thing manufactured here is a Democrat narrative that is growing more tired by the moment.