A Reality Check

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For months now, Trump, Fox pundits, and Congressional Republicans have been shouting: THE ELECTION WAS STOLEN!

Over sixty court cases have been filed by these people to overturn the election results. It is telling however that no evidence has ever been provided to the courts about said fraud. Not once. Hence, the court cases, one after another after another after another, have been tossed out. Many by judges appointed by Trump!

Yet, the majority of Republicans believe this nonsense! And Right-wing terrorists stormed the US Capitol on 1/6/2021, with the intention of murdering congressional leaders and Mike Pence, all because they believe the election was stolen.

I have been keeping up with the many bizarre allegations, which is quite something as the allegations are incredibly complicated, involving many countries and people and, well, it is all very much down a rabbit hole.

What fascinates me though is how truly idiotic all this is. For, the why of Trump’s loss is simple: Most voters do not like him.

To repeat: Most voters do not like Trump.

It really is that simple.

 

This is a 538 polling aggregate. What is important here is two things. 1) The majority disapprove of Trump. 2) Not once has Trump’s approval rating gone above 50%. Not once. This has never happened in the history of polling. Since polling began about 120-years ago, Trump is the first president to NEVER receive the approval of the majority of Americans.

 

This is another 538 polling aggregate. Not once did Trump outpoll Biden. Not once. And note how Biden is generally above the magic 50% threshold, something that Hillary only briefly attained in 2016.

 

It does not take a rocket scientists to look at the two above graphs and conclude:

1) More people like Biden than Trump.

2) So Biden won.

Yet, many Republicans want people to believe that a historically unpopular president somehow, somehow, had an election stolen from him.

I guess that this is easier for such people to believe, rather than the obvious: Most people hate Trump.

 

11 Comments

  1. Judy L Gutierrez on January 18, 2021 at 7:10 pm

    and I am most people. He has been a horrible stain on our country and Wednesday can’t come fast enough. Thank you Ross for laying out clearly what the truth is.

  2. Mary on January 18, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    Anagnorisis.

  3. Beth H. on January 18, 2021 at 8:28 pm

    Simple truth… and yet over 70% of Republicans can’t accept/believe that Biden won. Hard to fathom. They really do love their alternative facts.

  4. Aaron on January 18, 2021 at 8:58 pm

    On the eve of this inauguration, we the owners of a house built by a confederate soldier, thankfully celebrate the peaceful transition of power from a power hungry, wannabe dictator to the duly elected representative of the people, Joseph Biden and Kamala Harris. May we rise to the hopes and dreams of our founders and God bless America!🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

  5. John Blick on January 19, 2021 at 10:18 am

    I am not a Trump fan either, but to say that most people don’t like him doesn’t seem to be true. Don’t forget that 78 million people voted for him despite his behavior. Despite the incredibly disturbing recent events, there are still a large section of the population that still supports him. That to me is quite scary. Despite the many similarities of Trump to Hitler’s early days, many jews still support him. Six million jewish souls are rolling over in their graves. Lastly, I think if the intent was truly to kill people, it would have happened. Look at the videos of the potbellied idiots wearing construction helmets and surplus store military gear – the majority of the people there were wannabe warrior losers who would and did run for cover at the first sign of a threatening defense. They might have hurt someone if they found them but if there was serious intent, you can be sure that things would have been much worse. They were right there and for the most part in control – it wouldn’t have taken much more. We were lucky.

    • Ross on January 19, 2021 at 11:24 am

      Hi John!

      Trump received a little over 74 million votes, not 78 million.

      That is about 23% of the US population. Which means that this is a correct statement: Most Americans don’t like Trump.

      77% of Americans did not vote for Trump.

      You also wrote: “Lastly, I think if the intent was truly to kill people, it would have happened.”

      John, it did happen. The terrorists at the US Capitol on 1/6/21 murdered a police officer by beating him with…an American flag. And, daily, more information is coming out that the terrorists DID intend on murdering Congressional leaders and Mike Pence. It’s besides the point if, say, only 10% had murderous plans. Every single person who participated is culpable.

      It’s also increasingly clear that the assault was not spontaneous, but rather planned. The assault on the Michigan Capitol, and the plan to murder the governor of Michigan, was an apparent dress rehearsal.

      Please don’t underplay what happened on 1/6. It was a horror, a shocking attack on Democracy, and all based on lies spouted by Trump and GOP leaders.

      In addition, four others died because of the assault.

      • John S Blick on January 19, 2021 at 1:02 pm

        Hi Ross,

        Sorry for being rude and not saying hello. Happy New Year. The house is looking great. I’m perpetually amazed at how much forward progress you always seem to be making, and how that progress is always incessantly marching forward. Good luck with the plastering – I remember watching an old guy do that when I was a kid and it did not look easy. I hope it is easier for you than it looked for me at the time.

        • Ross on January 19, 2021 at 1:10 pm

          John, I felt no rudeness.

          And thanks for the good luck! I’m gonna need it! I’ve no idea if I’ll be successful with plastering. But I’ll never know till I try!

          BIG hug!

  6. John S Blick on January 19, 2021 at 12:03 pm

    OK. I’m not trying to underplay anything – everyone involved should go to jail and my honest opinion is that Trump & co. should be the very first ones in line and considered for execution for treason. That seems extreme but what he did is extreme and as the President he should be held to the highest standards and subject to the greatest punishment for breaching those standards. My concern is that there is a huge volume of people who still support him. It was 74 million people. Lets say that after the Capital attack he has lost half of those supporters and it is down to only 37 million. It is crazy that that many people can’t see the light even after all that has happened. 37 million people can create a lot of damage. The risk of punishing those involved is that the 37 million then revolt. As a Country we are in a very bad place right now.

    As far as murders, I meant of the targeted individuals – Congress, Senators, Pence. I still believe that if they entered the capital with the intent to hunt down these people and kill them, they would have had some level of success. Given the circumstances, it would not have been difficult. They all should nevertheless be in jail.

    • Ross on January 19, 2021 at 1:06 pm

      John, we are in agreement about the danger Trump supporters are to America and democracy.

      And we witnessed this on 1/6/21.

      I do think think that event will be unique. Sadly.

      When people are fed a steady diet of lies, trouble will result.

      Living in Kansas, I know Republicans, and I talk with them. As I’ve stated previously, they are impervious to facts and reason, in my experience. “I know what I know.”

      And this is a danger to our country.

      In addition, I do not think the terrorists behind 1/6/21 should all be let go for fear that other Trump supporters will revolt. People who break the law should be punished. If not, then laws no longer matter. Should we let terrorist believe that their actions will have no consequences?

  7. John S Blick on January 19, 2021 at 1:34 pm

    I completely agree. The last thing we should be doing is allowing this to occur without consequences to the perpetrators. But…. if Trump, the baby Trumps and Guilani were jailed or worse, what would that then bring forward. Its a concern not a suggestion to back off. I live just outside of DC so not only is my Country affected but so is my home.

    One other thing to point out that has not made it on the new much or at all. For a month or two now, much of the businesses in DC have been boarded up. If you watch on the news you might see this during the coverage of the inauguration. Businesses have boarded their storefronts up out of fear of riots due to the battle over the “steal”. Right now DC is a war zone – a quite large centrally located area is fully secured – even more so than in 1968 with the MLK riots. Many Metro stations are closed and as a result, many office buildings are as well. The impact of all of this is huge to our area – the overall economic impact will likely be in the hundreds of millions. All due to the lie that the election was not legitimate. That lie was originated and distributed by Trump. We should expect and demand much more from our President, and as I have already said, the punishment should be severe. Savannah said it well – he’s the President, not someone’s crazy uncle.

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