For the entirety of the Trump presidency until now, the media bemoaned his lack of press conferences.
And ironically, this is a case where Trump should’ve listened to the media’s complaints – because now that he is regularly holding press conferences related to progress on fighting the coronavirus, his approval is seeing a major boost. Hilariously, the exact same people calling for more press conferences are now calling for censoring them.
According to the Federalist’s Mollie Hemmingway: When polls showed that President Donald Trump was receiving unusually high marks for his handling of the Coronavirus pandemic, the first stage of grief the media went through was denial:
Rachel Maddow demands that networks STOP airing Trump's press conferences about coronavirus crisis https://t.co/tpStLZIivn
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMail) March 21, 2020
Trump’s coronavirus propaganda press conferences are nothing but lie-ridden disasters. Have a great Thursday.
— Scott Dworkin (@funder) March 26, 2020
It’s time for the media to stop airing these propaganda rallies masquerading as press conferences. Let him have them. Record them. And then fact-check them BEFORE airing them. Offer viewers who desperately wants facts and truth the accurate context! https://t.co/8v4Pq1A568
— Kurt Bardella (@kurtbardella) March 20, 2020
I think these press conferences should be stopped.
I think networks should stop airing them.
The withholding, lying and misinformation have already resulted in people dying and will continue to do so.
Networks should not be complicit in this.
— Don Winslow (@donwinslow) March 21, 2020
This is why the stock market craters everytime he speaks.
This is why people are endangering themselves.
This is why we have to stop airing his press conferences.
He is a walking, talking danger to public health. https://t.co/Ks6frIAC8s
— Jared Yates Sexton (@JYSexton) March 20, 2020
Earlier this week, the Gallup poll found Trump’s approval has surged to the highest point in his presidency. ABC News’ poll also found Trump’s approval climbing to the highest point of his presidency, and Five Thirty Eight (whose polling numbers of Trump are consistently the most negative) found Trump’s disapproval falling below 50% for the first time in his presidency. Regardless of what poll you look at, and despite any flaws in their methodology their individually have, they’re all pointing in the same direction: up.
In fact, Trump’s approval in the Real Clear Politics average of polls is now ten percentage points higher than when Trump took office.
His RealClearPolitics average approval rating today is 47.3.
On Election Day 2016 it was 37.5.
And he won.
He’s almost 10 points higher now. pic.twitter.com/v04CumMRRN
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) March 27, 2020
And that’s in the face of media coverage that’s effectively 100% negative. Keep the pressers coming!