It used to be that when you’d go online there’d be lots of triumphalism from Trump supporters (trumpettes) about how Hillary Clinton was a criminal and that Trump was going to put her in jail, and how the Mexicans were going to pay for the wall along the US southern border, how healthcare was going to be fixed and sundry other outlandish drivel. However, when you go online now, Trump supporters are very much thinner on the ground. Even some of the ardent supporters I have reported on in previous essays have crawled away1,2.
The funniest thing is that most of the people whom I know and socialise with, worked out that Trump was a narcissist very early on in the campaign. You’d think that the lies told about his inauguration crowd would have disabused his fans of any possibility that he was a person of integrity. If Trump had simply said that ‘Oh, well, what does it matter’, that would have shown him to be in touch with reality. My acquaintances also had reasonable enough memories so that they could actually remember speeches when he said precisely the opposite of what he had just said. Why his fans didn’t realise this is difficult to understand. Either their memories are severely lacking, or they simply could not make the connection between what was said and what it actually meant.
Sacked Trump adviser, Steve Bannon has stated that he thinks Trump has only a 30% chance of completing his full 4-year term3. I think that is optimistic. Trump’s approval rating has fallen in every state since he was elected and it currently stands at about 38% overall, while his disapproval rating is at about 56%. This is worse than any other president since the Second World War4.
If Trump is still hanging around by the time of the mid-term elections in November, 2018, where all 435 seats in the House of Representatives, and 33 of the 100 Senate seats will be contested5, the Republicans will be annihilated. They will be very keen to get rid of him before then.