Trump’s feud with twitter escalatesPosted by Robert Leonard / May 29, 2020
Trump’s feud with Twitter has escalated: he is expected to sign an executive order targeting social media. Unfortunately, there are (as of this writing) no details about the content of that executive order. But it doesn’t really matter––Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has said that he will continue to fact check any information related to elections.
The feud began when Trump took to twitter to complain about twitter:
Republicans feel that Social Media Platforms totally silence conservatives voices. We will strongly regulate, or close them down, before we can ever allow this to happen. We saw what they attempted to do, and failed, in 2016. We can’t let a more sophisticated version of that….
So much for small government? But it’s no surprise Trump is acting out. Donald Trump’s 2020 chances aren’t looking great. As of Memorial Day, Trump’s disapproval rating is at a whopping 53.5%, and his approval rating is down to 42.7%. According to a different poll, 53% of Americans disapproved “strongly” or “somewhat” with Trump’s handling of COVID.
But you don’t even have to look at polls to know that, you can look at his behavior. The more he lashes out, especially at women, the worse he’s doing. Lately, he’s taken to retweeting sexism-laden taunts (including the word “skank”) towards Hillary Clinton (good lord, LET IT GO people, it was 4 years ago) and Nancy Pelosi.
A few days ago, Trump tweeted that he’s angry Fox News isn’t do anything to help Republicans, and him specifically, get elected. And then Fox News shared a poll that shows Biden with a healthy lead. Trump, meanwhile, shares tweets with very different data.
Polls in key states show that older voters, one of Trump’s key blocs, are switching their allegiance to Joe Biden. Recent polls have also shown the majority of voters in key swing states disapprove of Trump’s COVID response. Those states, Arizona, Florida, Michigan, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, are key swing states and recent polls have also indicated that Biden is more popular among voters.
Republican insiders are beginning to vocalize concerns about losing the Senate in 2020. With a handful of states vulnerable, including Maine and North Caroline, the Senate could swing blue. They’re right to worry. President Trump’s approval rating has fallen one percent from April, while his disapproval rating has risen two percent to 51%. Approval ratings for Trump’s handling of COVID is worse. Only 42% of Americans approve of his performance, down from 50% in March. 51% of Americans say he’s doing a bad job, up from 45% in March.