But first, some peculiar news: On Tuesday morning, Donald Trump announced he was running for president. He made the kind of repellent speech he has been making for years.
On that evening’s Maddow show, Trump’s remarks were completely ignored. After clowning about Candidate Walker, Maddow clowned about Candidate Trump.
Alas! Maddow pretended that Candidate Trump had announced that he wants Oprah Winfrey as his running mate. She further said she’d be up all night hoping that Oprah could call her.
Maddow cavorted and played the fool Tuesday night—the approach she has taken to “campaign coverage” over at least the past month. At last, she seemed to do some reporting.
After noting that Neil Young doesn’t want the Trump campaign to play his songs at rallies, she offered some peculiar news about Trump’s polling numbers:
MADDOW (6/16/15): So endorsement for Bernie Sanders and “you can’t use my song.” That wasn’t great for Mr. Trump’s launch.According to Maddow, Trump has the highest disapproval rating of anyone who has run for president in the past thirty-five years!
Also, the number crunchers at FiveThirtyEight.com took a look at not just the current crop of people who are running for president in 2016. They actually looked at all major president candidates dating back to 1980. It turns out there are roughly 106 people who have run for president dating back to 1980, at least people who are major enough candidates that there`s publicly available data on their approval ratings and their disapproval ratings.
In that universe of data, out of all the more than 100 people who have run for president in this modern era, Donald Trump beats them all. Donald Trump has the highest disapproval rating of anybody on that list by quite some distance. And there have been some really unpopular people who have run for president.
I mean, no offense to my Uncle Pat, but Pat Buchanan was really unpopular when he ran in 2000. Forty-three percent of people had a negative view of Pat Buchanan when he ran for president in 2000 election. That was the worst ever. Donald Trump is worse than that by 14 points. Fifty-seven percent of Republicans have an unfavorable view of Donald Trump and he is running for the Republican nomination for president. So that’s a challenge.
In fact, she said he has the highest disapproval rating “by quite some distance.” At 57 percent, his unfavorable rating is higher than the nearest guy, her Uncle Pat, by a walloping fourteen points!
As you’ve noted, Maddow’s presentation wasn’t especially clear on this point. On the face of things, she seemed to be comparing Buchanan’s disapproval rating among all voters to Trump’s disapproval rating among Republican voters.
That suggests that Trump’s position in the GOP race is even worse than those raw numbers seem to suggest. But Maddow never clarified that basic statistical point. As usual, she was too busy hurrying off to the next showcase for her skills as a clown.
How unpopular is Candidate Trump? We can’t tell you that. If you want to examine the piece from which Maddow’s staff composed the text she read, you can just click here.
That said, we claimed that Maddow’s report included some “peculiar news” about those polling statistics. Here’s why we said that:
On Monday night—just one night before!—Maddow had wasted her viewers’ time with an utterly silly report about how well Trump was doing in the Republican polls.
In our own Tuesday report, we noted the absurdity of Maddow’s presentation. Here’s what she said on Monday night about the repellent candidate’s “pretty great” polling numbers:
MADDOW (6/15/15): I can’t see that kind of public persona, as being something that lays the foundation for a viable presidential run. But I also recognize that Mr. Trump does very well in the polling among Republican voters. There’s one new poll out today which he does lousy, comes in at 2 percent. But usually, in most of the national polls this year, he does pretty great. I mean, he is certainly on track to be included in the national debates, even as like the guy who came in second to Mitt Romney last time around and the governor of Ohio and the former governor of Texas, people who would seem to have a much more straightforward shot at the nomination, are coming in fairly consistently after him in the polling.This is the way it goes on the floundering Maddow program:
On Monday night, we were told that Trump “does very well in the polling among Republican voters.” By Tuesday night, he was more unpopular, by a wide margin, than any other candidate in the past thirty-five years!
Maddow made no attempt to explain the apparent conflict between her reports. As she hurried off to the next showcase for her clowning, she seemed to assume that her viewers were too dumb or too tribal to notice.
To state the obvious, Maddow’s report on Monday night seemed to make little sense. As she described Trump’s “pretty great” numbers, results from three different polls appeared on the screen behind her.
In those polls, Trump had drawn support from 5 percent, 4 percent, and 3.6 percent of Republican voters. According to Maddow, therefore, support from two percent of Republican voters is “lousy.” By way of contrast, support from four percent of such voters is said to be “pretty great!”
Over the past month, this is the way it has gone on the Maddow show when its multimillionaire host isn’t overtly working from her seat in the cable news clown car. On Monday night, Candidate Trump was doing pretty great. By Tuesday night, he was the most unpopular candidate ever!
On Tuesday night, Maddow made no attempt to explain the apparent change in her analysis. Nor did she have a word to say about the repellent speech Trump had made that day.
By Wednesday night, Maddow finally offered a few remarks about Trump’s repellent speech. That said, she built the bulk of that night’s “campaign coverage” around another peculiar fact:
Trump had apparently paid an undetermined number of actors to come to his announcement speech and pose as Trump supporters!
So it went on the Maddow show as the nation headed toward the carnage in Charleston. On Monday night, Trump’s polling numbers were pretty great. By Wednesday night, he was reduced to paying actors to pretend to support him!
At no point did Maddow explain this puzzling change in the weather. But then, her “campaign coverage” has been an undisguised joke throughout at least the past month.
All week, we’ve tried to get back to the part of Maddow’s Monday night show where she asked for some analytical help concerning Candidate Trump. Because she doesn’t understand Trump’s appeal, which she said was “pretty great,” she called in “my friend, Chris Matthews” to help her puzzle it out.
Until events in Charleston hit, Maddow clowned about Trump all week. Despite all the ridiculous clowning, the most repugnant part of her performance was her abject refusal to tell the truth about who and what Donald Trump is.
Liberals are being badly served by this multimillionaire cable star’s defiantly faux “campaign coverage.” We can’t tell you why Maddow has been behaving this way. But at the start of next week, we’ll show you what Chris Matthews said about the noxious figure Our Own Rhodes Scholar “doesn’t dislike at all.”
Right from the start, Maddow was sold to the liberal world as being very smart. If we might borrow again from Bob Dylan:
But oh, what kind of “smart” is this, which goes from bad to worse?