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Reich writes: "Trump's approval ratings continue to slide in states that are key to his re-election."

Former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich. (photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star)
Former Clinton labor secretary Robert Reich. (photo: Steve Russell/Toronto Star)

Some Hope for the Country

By Robert Reich, Robert Reich's Facebook Page

08 June 19


ome hope for the country heading into the weekend. Trump's approval ratings continue to slide in states that are key to his reelection. His NET approval ratings, according to the latest poll:

New Hampshire: 19 net approval

Wisconsin: -13

Michigan: -12

Iowa: -12

Pennsylvania: -7

Arizona: -6

Ohio: -4

North Carolina: -4

Voters recognize that Trump has failed to deliver on his economic promises, instead delivering huge tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations that haven't trickled down. His tariffs are taking a toll on the agricultural and manufacturing sectors. His refusal to comply with congressional subpoenas is undermining the rule of law.

These are good signs, but we must remain mobilized and united. There's a lot that could happen between now and Election Day. What do you think?

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+38 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-08 12:08
Yes, indeed. Trump has failed. I don't think he can recover enough to win the 2020 election ---- IF the democrats put up a decent candidate. Trump can bully and name call a loser like Hillary, Biden, Beto, and some others. But a strong candidate who actually has a vision for the changes the country needs won't be baited into a name calling match.

I am really worried about the viciousness that the Democratic party bring out against Sanders. The media will be hysterical in its opposition to Sanders. Corporations such as the healthcare industry or wall street will give Sanders full body blows day after day. They will all probably turn to support Trump just to see Sanders lose.

Trump won because he was an outsider and promised to change the culture of Washington. He had done none of that. He's invited the worst or the worst insiders -- the neo-cons -- into his administration. He is now what many of his former supporters voted against.

Things do look good now for Sanders, but that is only because the Democratic party center right faction, the mass media, corporations, and others have not begun their full assault yet.
+10 # Moxa 2019-06-09 08:28
I believe that most of the damage inflicted on Sanders will hurt him in the primary race. You are right, the establishment loathes and fears him. But I think the effect of that on voters is not that it makes people dislike what he stands for; it just makes them think he is unelectable. If he can get the nomination, so that it is just Sanders vs. Trump, Sanders will win in a landslide. Voters WANT what Bernie offers; they just think they're not allowed to have it. Once there are no other choices but Trump, they will support Bernie enthusiasticall y, in spite of the establishment's onslaught.
+42 # Citizen Mike 2019-06-08 21:20
Biden is yesterday's man not because of his age but because he has no strong convictions as proven by his wishy-washy switching on the Hyde Amendment, holding his finger up to the wind to see which way it blows. He has no longterm connection to any progressive principles. He is no real friend of women, minorities or workers, but is a career politician and corporate stooge. Sanders is tomorrow's man despite his age because he has shown firm moral and political convictions from way back and is exactly the outsider to reverse all the harm that has been done by conservatives over the last decades. With Warren as his VP, if he makes clear she will share executive authority and operational functions as Cheney did for Bush, the Democrats would have an unbeatable team. They must make clear that they so not intend to overthrow capitalism but to modify it as FDR did and save it from collapse by regulating the cruelty that results from uncontrolled greed an indifference to the public welfare.
+9 # DongiC 2019-06-09 05:01
Citizen Mike, very well said. Warren and Sanders would make a fine team; courage, brains, honesty. A beautiful combination, indeed.
-1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2019-06-10 15:30
CM and DC -- I'm losing interest in Warren because of her economic and foreign policies. She's way to mainstream on these. She's a lot like Obama. But still I agree with both of you. She's a good candidate and she along with Sanders would be unbeatable.

Obama picked Biden for a running mate because he was conservative enough for the right wing democrats. Warren could play that role for Sanders. Maybe that's what the party establishment will demand.
+19 # PABLO DIABLO 2019-06-08 21:37
Maybe the Democrats could nominate someone who could actually beat "the Worst candidate in history" Trump next time. And it ain't Joe Biden.
+15 # elizabethblock 2019-06-08 21:52
I think it's the Democrats election to lose. And if they go with yesterday's man, or woman, they will.
+7 # kschmitt 2019-06-09 10:38
Here we are again, people that are so avidly attached to just one candidate that they will refuse to support any other Democrat - and then Trump wins. Ugh! How about schooling ALL the D candidates on the important issues and getting behind whoever convinces the most D voters to vote for her/him? I will pledge to vote for whomever comes out on top in the D primaries - we just have to get Rumpf out of office - as soon as possible. ANY Democrat is better than that idiot. And by the way - lets make sure that Dems win up and down the ballot - this is not just about electing a President, but the whole Congress as well. Enough of all this right wing hate and divisiveness, environmental destruction, insane trade policies, anti-everyone policies.

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