“Fire and Fury,” Slipping Popularity

Fire and Fury: President Trump promised war with North Korea yesterday if it doesn’t stop threatening the United States.

Sounding like one of those statements that come from the Hermit Kingdom, not the US, Trump said, “They will be met with fire and fury like the world has never seen.”  In response, the official North Korean news agency said the country might attack Guam, creating “an enveloping fire.”

North Korea had previously threatened “physical action” because “packs of wolves are coming in attack to strangle a nation.”

North Korea is developing missiles that may already have the range to meet the US. Speaking at his Bedminster, NJ golf club, the President said, He (Kim Jong-un) has been very threatening beyond a normal state and as I said they will be met with fire and fury and frankly power the likes of which this world has never seen before.”

By the Numbers: For the past several days, we’ve noted President Trump’s popularity is slipping in polls, and now it appears support is falling even among his most devoted voters.

Ipsos gives him a 36 percent popularity rating and Rasmussen, which skews Republican, says he’s at 41 percent.

Investor’s Business Daily says the President’s popularity is now 32 percent, the lowest of any poll from a reliable news outlet. More importantly, IBD says support among Republicans has eroded from 83 percent to 71 percent. Also of note: support among high school educated voters has dropped from 45 percent in July to 34 percent now.

The biggest decline, according to IBD, is among people making between $30,000 and $50,000 per year. Forty percent of that group approved of Trump last month, but only 27 percent today.

Trump is in denial. “After 200 days, rarely has any Administration achieved what we have achieved,” he tweeted yesterday. “Not even close! Don’t believe the Fake News Suppression Polls!”

Six-Month Approval Ratings:
Kennedy 75%
Eisenhower 73%
Bush 69%
Nixon 65%
Reagan 60%
Carter 60%
Obama 56%
W. Bush 55%
Clinton 44%
Trump 38%

Terror: Police in Paris are looking for the driver of a car that slammed into six soldiers, seriously injuring three of them.

Spoiler Alert: HBO’s “Game of Thrones” has been hit by computer hackers demanding millions of dollars in ransom to not release a trove of material, including show scripts, as well as information that may be damaging to the network. The hackers, or hacker, going by the name “Mr. Smith,” have already showed that they have possession of five scripts, one of them from an unaired episode. GOT fans are unfazed.

The Obit Page: Country singer Glen Campbell, who was popular in the 1960s and 70s and gave a 151-show farewell tour while deteriorating with Alzheimer’s disease, has died at age 81.

The son of a sharecropper, Campbell sold 45 million records with his hits, “Wichita Lineman,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” and “Galveston.” From 1969 to 1972 he had his own weekly television show, “The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour.”

Campbell made country popular. Little known about him was that in 1964 and ’65 he was a member of the Beach Boys when Brian Wilson stopped performing.

>Haruo Nakajima, who wore the monster suit in 12 Godzilla movies, died on Monday from pneumonia at the age 88.

He first played the giant beast who emerges from the ocean after a nuclear test in the 1954 film Japanese film “Godzilla.”  He played the character in sequels as well as other beasts: Rodan, Mothra, and King Kong.

Nakajima said the original 1954 costume was created from ready-mixed concrete and weighed up to 220 pounds.

SEAL of Approval: The President still has ardent, and kinda scary supporters. Former Navy SEAL Craig “Sawman” Sawyer posted on Facebook a warning to anyone attempting to remove President Trump from office. “Anti-American subversives involved in ANY WAY in an unconstitutional coup against our President will be run down and executed immediately by the world’s most supreme warriors,” he wrote. “There will be nowhere to run to, nowhere to hide, no mercy, no sense of humor. Harsh examples will be made. My prediction is it will be a gruesome massacre. Why? Because one side in this conflict has 8 Trillion bullets & the other side doesn’t know which bathroom to use.”

But one side might just be smarter than the other.

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Jaw Meet Floor

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

The Small President

Thursday, December 15, 2016

The Cuba Diaries

Sunday, March 13, 2016

An Alphabet of Maladies

Friday, February 26, 2016

The Healthcare Confusion Act

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Freedom from Speech

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Too Big to Fire

Friday, June 19, 2015

More Probable Than Not

Thursday, May 14, 2015

It's Been Said

"One of the things that actually Trump has benefited from is that, on a daily if not hourly basis, there are things he says that you could never have imagined any other American president -- left, right, up or down -- saying, and they kind of bleed into each other. And you sort of forget, 'Oh, yes, 72 hours ago, he said this...'"

-Jeff Greenfield on CNN’s "Reliable Sources"

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