Trump and his base live in a bubble where he’s popular and all is well

If you ask most Americans, President Trump’s use of Twitter is frowned upon. Two-thirds of Americans disapprove of Trump’s tweeting, with more than half saying that they disapprove strongly.

This question, from a Post-ABC News poll released Sunday is interesting in part because of the case Trump makes for his tweeting. The account, he has claimed when its utility is questioned, is his voice, his means of communicating to American voters outside the filter (read: context and fact-checking) of the mainstream media. The results of the poll suggest that, if that’s his goal, the message is being received by only about a quarter of the population.

But here’s something interesting. Notice the results of a number of other questions from the same poll.

 

About a quarter of Americans strongly approve of Trump’s job performance. A quarter think he’s doing a better job than past presidents. A quarter think America’s position in the world has gotten stronger since he was inaugurated. A quarter think that the way he acts is presidential. A quarter thought it was appropriate for his son, son-in-law and campaign chairman to meet with a Russian lawyer offering negative information on Hillary Clinton.

President Trump spoke at a news conference in Paris on July 13 and defended Donald Trump Jr.’s meeting with a Russian lawyer. (The Washington Post)

That is the Trump bubble.

One might be inclined to suggest that it’s everyone else who constitutes the bubble. Such a person is welcome to make that case, certainly, but there are two reasons that the term doesn’t apply as readily to the yellow slices of the pie. For one thing, they vary more in size and constitution. For another, they are the majority. Perhaps you, the rest of the world, are in the bubble that naively doesn’t think that the New York Mets are the best team in baseball…

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