Five signs even Trump’s supporters are now turning on him

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During his campaign, Donald Trump famously said that he could ‘stand in the middle of Fifth Avenue and shoot somebody, and I wouldn’t lose voters.’

Even now, many Trump’s supporters still back their man – with just 45% of Trump supporters believing that Donald Trump Jr met with Russians.

But there are signs that the unquestioning support of his partisan voters, and the media outlets who championed him, is beginning to waver.

Even Trump supporters are sick of his Twitter outbursts

Trump (Rex)
Trump (Rex)

Trump’s supporters – or at least those in counties that voted strongly for him – still broadly back him, with around half still supporting the President.

But people are tiring of Trump’s signature method of communication, the presidential Tweet.

He’s tweeted nearly 1,000 times since assuming office (of which nearly one in ten has been about ‘fake news’).

In a poll of people in ‘Trump country’ – ie in counties where there was a strong swing to Trump – 62% said that they disapproved of Trump’s use of Twitter to comment on policy.

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Is Fox News finally turning on Trump?

Throughout Donald Trump’s Presidency, Fox News has been a reliable standard-bearer for the embattled President – reporting largely positive stories since he took power.

But the mood at the right-wing network may be changing as this week it reported a negative poll about Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with a Russian lawyer.

The poll, conducted by Fox itself, showed that 55% of interviewees thought that the meeting was ‘troubling’.

One in eight Trump voters now say they’d vote differently

Trump – who won the Presidency by a very slim margin – is losing support among his core of voters, a Reuters poll found this week.

The poll of 2016 voters found that one in eight Trump supporters now said they would no longer back the President.

Right-wing commentators are turning on him

The banner of the Drudge Report Friday morning.
The banner of the Drudge Report Friday morning.

Donald Trump Jr’s meeting with a Russian lawyer has seen several prominent Conservative commentators turn on him.

Conservative New York Times columnist Ross Douthat wrote, ‘Here is a good rule of thumb for dealing with Donald Trump: Everyone who gives him the benefit of the doubt eventually regrets it.’

Right-wing blogger Matt Drudge posted, ‘Heads will roll…’ over a graphic showing negative approval ratings for the President.

More Americans think Trump should be impeached than did Nixon

President Trump’s ties to Russia have been frequently compared to Nixon’s Watergate scandal – and a higher percentage of Americans now want to see Trump impeached than did Nixon.

Forty-one percent of Americans now think Trump ‘should be impeached and compelled to leave the presidency’ – compared to 24% who supported Nixon’s impeachment in July 1973.

Patrick Murray, director of the Monmouth University Polling Institute said, ‘Even though Trump’s approval rating is similar to Nixon’s, more Americans support impeachment today than did in 1973. That’s partly due to the current epidemic of hyperpartisanship that was simply not prevalent 40 years ago.’

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