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Poll Says Majority of Texans Disappointed by Trump

Results also show some early signs of possible trouble for Ted Cruz.

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Is Donald Trump popular in Texas? Well, that depends. On the face of it, a new poll conducted for the Texas Lyceum shows a majority of Texans disapprove of the job Donald Trump is doing as president. But that’s when you ask all the adults in Texas, those who vote and those who don’t. When you get down to the Republicans—the folks who cast the ballots that gave Trump Texas’s Electoral College votes, he remains popular, with 85 percent support.

The key seems to be which group of Texans you’re talking about. Overall Trump’s disapproval/approval rating among all Texans was 54 percent/42 percent. But while Republicans support him, 86 percent of Democrats disapprove of his job performance, along with 73 percent of the millennials and 61 percent of Hispanics. Sixty percent of whites view Trump positively.

Part one of the poll, found that 61 percent of adult Texans oppose Trump’s proposed border wall. Majorities also said they supported a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants living in the United States and opposed mass deportation. But if you’ll take a quick look back to my earlier post, you’ll see what a gap there is between adult Texans and Texans who vote. As the poster used to say, Your Vote is Your Voice. And in Texas, many remain silent.

While it is very early in the election cycle, probably some of the most interesting statistics involved Republican U.S. Senator Ted Cruz’s run for reelection next year. At this point, on name identification alone, Cruz should be trouncing all comers, but he is not. The Lyceum survey has to make us wonder whether his brand is damaged.

The survey found Cruz tied with Democratic U.S. Representative Beto O’Rourke, at 30 percent support. And Democratic U.S. Representative Joaquin Castro of San Antonio, who is expected to enter the race sometime soon, is actually leading Cruz by 35 percent to 31 percent. However, a whopping 37 percent of those surveyed have not yet thought about the race.

“Ballot tests conducted this far in advance of an actual election are, at best, useful in gauging the potential weaknesses of incumbents seeking reelection,” wrote pollster Daron Shaw. “But the substantial percentage of undecided respondents—coupled with the conservative pro-Republican proclivities of the Texas electorate in recent years suggest a cautious interpretation.”

Cruz was very popular with hard-core conservatives when he ran for president last year, but during his tenure in the Senate he alienated moderate Republicans and Democrats by once leading a government shutdown. Then he further damaged himself in his presidential race last year when he waffled on endorsing Trump by name after Trump secured the Republican nomination. The Texas Lyceum numbers may give Democrats some hope that they can defeat Cruz, but the poll might also serve as a lure to a Republican thinking about challenging Cruz in the primary.

The survey was good news for Governor Greg Abbott, who had high marks from 53 percent of the state’s adults, including 82 percent of the Republicans, half of whom said they “strongly approve” of his job as governor. Abbott also had a plurality of support from Hispanics. Forty-nine percent of the Hispanics surveyed said they approved of Abbott, while just 34 percent disapproved.

Overall, a plurality of Texans—43 percent—believe the North American Free Trade Agreement has been good for the state’s economy. But NAFTA, once a prime example of Republican orthodoxy, has fallen out of favor with GOP voters. A 2009 Lyceum survey found 41 percent of the Republicans said NAFTA had been good for the state economy. Now, only a quarter of the Republicans said NAFTA has been good for the economy, while 37 percent said it has been bad.

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  • anonyfool

    Same pollsters with same type of poll of registered voters called Texas for Clinton, it was only when they switched to likely voters closer to election did they call it correctly for Trump.

    • WUSRPH

      As usual, the question of how Texas will go always gets down to who will vote. There will some signs of increased Hispanic voting last November but that probably had more to do with Trump’s anti-Hispanic verbiage than it did with support for Clinton. Although there is a lot of fear in the Hispanic community now–including among US Citizens who wonder if they will be stopped on the streets and questioned—it is questionable that will have any real impact on the 2018 Texas elections. They may not see the link between Trump and the Texas GOP candidates.

      • roadgeek

        Hispanics haven’t voted in the past. They don’t vote in the present. They won’t vote in the foreseeable future. Apathy, thy name is La Raza…….

        • WUSRPH

          I did not know that apathy was a synonym for discrimination and intimidation……and laws designed to make it hard for them to vote?

          • SpiritofPearl

            Too far over the heads of Trump voters . . .

          • Roger

            Nope, only discrimination against SINGLE BRAIN-CELLED IDIOTS, like you, eh ?

          • BCinBCS

            By your intellectual reply, I assume that you believe only certain people should be allowed to vote (white males or white male property owners)?

      • anonyfool

        IIRC Ratcliffe wrote the article on the demographics of the state needing 20 years to come around to go blue (also a polarizing event ala California) because a large number of Hispanics are too young to vote but this poll suggests a new type of get out the vote effort would do it, because whatever they did in 2016 improved the turnout but not enough.

  • OkButFirstCoffee

    Not me, fortunately – I am pleased, for the most part. MUGA MUGA – MAKE US GREAT AGAIN. Doesn’t that sound better (harkens back to the age of camp and campfire solidarity)?

    • SpiritofPearl

      Sounds like cave man gibberish.

      • OkButFirstCoffee

        I AM TARZAN TRUMP, KING OF THE JUNGLE. MUGA MUGA!

        • SpiritofPearl

          Tarzan was a wealthy and titled aristocrat.

          Blocking you, bubba.

          • OkButFirstCoffee

            So is Donald J. Trump.

        • Roger

          But you are the Chimp in all the movies, eh ?

          • OkButFirstCoffee

            No. I am Lord over the animals, like you, chump chimp.

      • Roger

        Yup, just like the intelligence of OkButFirstCoffee, with an IQ far, far, far BELOW ZERO, eh ?

  • roadgeek

    Well, they didn’t ask me. I think he’s doing a fine job. Some flubs, but all presidents have some initial setbacks. He got the Supreme Court squared away, and illegals are being deported. Appears he’s on the way to solving the problem with the Norks. He’ll be firing the members of his staff who aren’t working out; it’s nothing personal, just the way he manages. Things are going well, I think. No regrets here, unless he gets squishy on the illegals.

    • Sam Jacinto

      If Trump is doing well, I have some land in Dallas between the levies that you might like.

      • Roger

        And you were STUPID ENOUGH to buy it yourself, eh ?

        • Sam Jacinto

          You really are too easily mocked.

          • BCinBCS

            I suspect that Roger is a trolling middle school student.

          • wessexmom

            I think you’re giving him WAY too much credit.

          • BCinBCS

            Hey Mom, welcome back. We haven’t heard from you in a while.

        • wessexmom

          At least he doesn’t live under the bridge with trolls like you.

    • José

      Doing fine? Really? And this is why:
      1. “He got the Supreme Court squared away” – He picked a name from a list given to him by the Heritage Foundation and the Federalist Society. McConnell did the rest.
      2. “illegals are being deported” – Not at all clear whether the rate is as high as during the Obama administration but OK, so far he managed stay out of the way of the BP and ICE.
      3. “he’s on the way to solving the problem with the Norks” – And who could forget the Norks? I thought they were the group behind the Bowling Green Massacre, but then looked up the term in Urban Dictionary and, well, you had best look it up yourself.
      Lastly:
      “Some flubs…” – Yeah. Some.

      In all seriousness a typical fifth grader could have done the same job.

      • Roger

        What? And I guess you could do better, especially AFTER YOU FLUNKED OUT OF KINDERGARTEN, eh ?

    • Kristen

      It’s amazing how mediocrity (or in this case, well below average) results are praised/accepted. I guess if he looks the part and is hateful against the right people, it’s all good to look the other way.

      • Roger

        Mediocrity, that’s, at least, far above your level, eh ? You LOSER !!!!!

      • wessexmom

        Looks the part of what?!? Like a giant orange elephant mated with a 100-year old snapping turtle? The man is hideous, huge & the color of phosphorous. And that whiny little b*tch is afraid of stairs, to boot.

    • wessexmom

      Sure! If your idea of a “fine job” is having Tony TRUMP Soprano running the White House! Trump is a liar, a sociopath, a thief and a coward. He’s never been competent or successful at anything but malicious manipulation, deception and self promotion.
      He paid his staff to listen to hundreds of hours of wing-nut radio in order to learn exactly how to push YOUR wing-nut buttons.
      Without daddy’s 18 million bucks to grease his path, Trump would now be a bouncer at a strip club in Queens. He’s YOUR president and YOU deserve him. The rest of us do NOT!

  • John Bernard Books

    What did I miss……?
    “Democrats begin to wonder: When do we win?”
    http://www.politico.com/story/2017/04/democrats-georgia-ossoff-237348

    Its been over 20 years since dems have won in Texas and now they can’t win anywhere….

    • roadgeek

      GA 6 went to a runoff, didn’t it?

      • John Bernard Books

        One dem with 5 million in out of state cash against 12 republicans and he couldn’t win….how bad is that?

    • Cindy Shearer Forbes

      It’s hard to win against cheaters

  • roadgeek

    A blogger I follow suggested that Trump make a deal with Little Ruth, who gambled on the election of Hillary and lost; Trump would offer to appoint Merrick Garland to her seat if she resigned sometime this year. Intriguing, and would sow a lot of doubt in Democratic ranks if it happened. Liberal heads would explode. Fun to think about.

    • José

      I can’t imagine anyone making a deal that required them to act first and Trump to follow through with his promise later. The record so far speaks for itself.

    • pwt7925

      A lot of conservative heads would explode too.

    • SpiritofPearl

      The Notorious RBG has more IQ points in her little finger than the Mad King and his entire family have in their assorted crania. Why would she want to retire from a job she loves and performs successfully? And what guarantee would any sane person accept as reliable from Don the Con?

      Bubba pipe dream . . .

      • Roger

        She’s so SENILE that all she can do is to SLEEP while she’s on the bench, eh ? You A$$HOLE !!!!!

        • SpiritofPearl

          Are you on the Supreme Court? Reagan slept through cabinet meetings. Did you love Ronnie?

          • wessexmom

            He’s definitely NOT on the SCOTUS. He’s in Alex Jones’ attic.

          • SpiritofPearl

            Or Alex Jones’ belfry. There are bats up there!

          • wessexmom

            Most likely he’s a bat troll living under the Congress Ave bridge.

          • gary4205

            No he didn’t, idiot.

          • SpiritofPearl
          • Luminous Flux

            This is all you can ever do, argue and insult, yet you provide zero facts and have no proof on your idiotic claims.

          • dieter heymann

            It is becoming clear that whoever controls this website does not have a filter for a$$hole, moron, senile, idiot, or imbecile. It is an interesting site because it demonstrates the utter depravity of vox populi.
            I will never answer an entry which calls me any of these words because it is always a one-sided linguistic food fight.

          • SpiritofPearl

            You must be new here.

        • Now there are definitely flecks of spit on his computer screen…or as he calls it, the “typewriter with the TV on top”

    • WUSRPH

      I doubt that Judge Garland could get confirmed by the GOP-dominated Senate. The Cruz-types would oppose him and would see such a move by Trump as a sell-out. Of course, if will never happen.

      • gary4205

        Why would you confirm someone to SCOTUS who openly oposes the Constitution?

        Openly hates America?

        • SpiritofPearl

          Got any evidence for your preposterous statement?

    • Prophet for the Pasta

      If Trump wanted to make peace with the dems he would’ve appointed Merrick Garland from the start. That would’ve signaled to everybody that bipartisan politics is over. Oh well.

    • wessexmom

      That is preposterous on its face. If you think that would be “fun to think about” you must have found JADE HELM to be a barrel of monkeys.

  • John Johnson

    Been weaning myself off this site for a few weeks. It wasn’t as difficult as I thought. Just got my May copy of TM magazine in the mail. Cutting it loose, too. Absolutely horrible. All good things must come to an end. It was a good run.

    • r.g. ratcliffe

      I’m open to suggestions. What do you not like. What would you like to see different?

      • John Johnson

        Nothing to do with you, R.G. Been impressed with your work long before you came onboard here.

        • John Bernard Books

          Good luck JJ see you on down the trail. I think its time I left too….. You’re right no one will ever change a democrat’s closed mind.

          • John Johnson

            Thanks. All the best to you!

          • WUSRPH

            Before you ride off into the sunset, how about one last review of Trump’s presidency to date? Are you still optimistic? Do you think he has accomplished anything? How about the changes in position? Do you think he is “learning in office” and, if so, is he learning the right lessons or giving into Washington? (e.g. The change in his policy toward China’s monetary policy even thou by most opinions the Yuan is still 40% undervalued?) In short, your general wrap-up of his first 90 days.

          • John Johnson

            Still optimistic. Think he is on the right path. Learning in office. Plenty of obstacles to overcome. If anyone can pull the fractured party together, he can. I can’t think of anyone better qualified to do it. Until Big Insurance, Big Pharm and Big “non-profit” hospitals, which are anything but, are brought under control, health reform fails, and single payer is the only fallback. Failure of decades of unenforcement of antitrust laws got us where we are today. There is no real competition when it comes to healthcare. That’s my take, Professor.

      • BCinBCS

        R.G., I would like to see more in-depth Texas politics from the perspective of what they are doing and why they are doing it. Something like what WUSRPH does but more current, more detailed and including the back-stories.

        Let me give you an example of a national story that explains what I would like to learn on the state level:
        Trump and the Republicans wanted to repeal Obamacare and then tackle tax reform. The back-story to this is that any tax increase that is not offset by a corresponding tax decrease (i.e. a tax that is not a net decrease or neutral) will automatically expire in ten years. A tax that does not increase the budget, on the other hand, is permanent. The Republicans wanted to repeal Obamacare to eliminate the taxes associated with the program so that they could give tax breaks (mostly to the rich) that would be off-set by the Ocare tax reduction thus making them permanent. By not repealing health care, any tax cuts passed would increase the budget and therefore would expire in ten years. I suspect that this is the reason that Comrade Trump/Bannon changed his mind about abandoning the repeal of Ocare after his failed attempt to eliminate it and move on to tax reform.

    • donuthin2

      Sorry to see you go, we probably agree more than we disagree about the issues but disagree more than agree on how to go about resolving them.

  • Sam Jacinto

    How many dozens of things has Trump done or said that would have been disqualifying in any other election? The man is a serial swindler, serial adulterer, sexual predator, self-dealer, and quite possibly a traitor. He knows nothing of history other than what someone tells him in 10 minutes. His administration will be known as the most corrupt and incompetent in history – if anyone remains to write history after his nuclear bungling. Shame on all of you that helped elect this lying buffoon.

    • Gtmogal

      I agree with your asessment of Mr. TRUMP. He has no idea what he is doing and he is using his office to further line his pockets and those of his famiky.

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      • SpiritofPearl

        And they seem to be making out like bandits . . .

        • Tejasguitarman

          Hey! It’s what they do.

          • Roger

            Tell me, please, hoe “innocent” Killery and Oboozer are, eh ?

          • Try to spell, please.

          • Tejasguitarman

            Perhaps I will dignify your reply with a response when you can call the two that you refer to by their proper names. I won’t hold my breath waiting for you to smarten up.

        • Roger

          Yeh, just take a look at Killery’s finances, especially the Clinton Criminal Foundation, you IMBECILE, eh ?

          • SpiritofPearl

            You have nothing of interest to contribute, a Breitbart Bubba who can’t tie his shoes without guidance from nutjobs like Alex Jones.

            You have anger management problems. Seek professional help. Blocking you.

          • don76550

            Speaking of nothing to contribute.

          • wessexmom

            You’re the ignorant imbecile.

            Tony TRUMP Soprano, aka the Grifter in Chief, was ordered by a judge to pay 25 million dollars out of his own money (because the judge knew he’d try to scam that too) to settle his fraudulent Trump U scam which was designed to scam single moms & disabled vets 30k out of their last dime in exchange for absolutely useless info, and he’ll probably have to pay out millions more in hush money to more who were scammed.

            Don the Con also tried to shut down his phony Trump Foundation when it was discovered he had used foundation funds to buy self portraits and to bribe Florida Atty Gen Pam Bondi NOT to investigate Trump U. He also did the same with YOUR GOV (not mine) Greg Abbott.

            He’s also working hard as he can to get impeached by being the first US president to breach the emoluments clause by monetizing the oval. The GOP can’t avoid dealing with this unprecedented level of corruption much longer, which is why Chaffetz is leaving his post as Chair of Oversight. Jason doesn’t want to face the wrath of wing nuts OR go down with the GOP ship when the corruption/collusion Tsunami hits Trump & the GOP House.

            At his core, Trump is nothing more than a dumb NYC street thug & sociopath who’s lived his whole life cushioned in the spoiled-brat bubble wrap of daddy’s money. Without, it the Donald would be a low-level lowlife mafia worker bee—if that.

          • Cindy Shearer Forbes

            Well said!

          • Yawn…

          • gary4205

            Trump was not only one of “Killary’s” longtime donors and cheerleaders, but a major contributor to the Clinton Foundation.

            What else would you expect from a LIFELONG DEMOCRAT PIG like Trump?

          • Luminous Flux

            And this matters why? Everyone knows they are friends. God you really are a disgruntled individual that needs to end his own life.

          • AliceRice

            You have no idea what you are talking about. You probably think it was okay for Trumpet to buy a sculpture of himself illegally with money for charity. You buy the lies. If you can’t see him changing his story every 5 minutes and possibly working for the Russians from the White House, then you are blind. Another member of the White House quit in the past 3 weeks who was actually running a Russian Counterintelligence operation from the White House itself. Right now, we are hearing the bits and pieces, but when this all comes out from the FBI, it is going to be a lot bigger and a lot more criminal than we think right now.

      • Roger

        And you have SOME IDEA, what, you A$$HOLE, eh ?

        • Sam Jacinto

          You obviously know nothing of Trump’s character other than what he tells you.

        • Lucy Shelley

          snappy and cogent reply, roger, you obviously have the same tremendous, huge and fabulous vocabulary as the trumpster

    • Roger

      And talk about SWINDLERS, look at Killery and their Clinton Criminal Foundation, eh ? You IMBECILE !!!!!

      Just look at what they did / didn’t do to the people of Haiti,,,,,

      • Sam Jacinto

        You have been consuming way too much Breitbart ‘news’. BTW, This is not a Faux News comment board. Name calling is not expected.

        • wessexmom

          He’s been consuming more than Breitbart news.

      • beanboy

        You must be one of those “flat earth” people !

    • Wurty

      What did Hillary do wrong that she could not elected–TWICE!!

      • Cindy Shearer Forbes

        First, she’s a woman in a macho country. Second, she didn’t divorce Bill after he cheated on her, which made her look weak. Third, she lacks charisma. She was a 1000 times more qualified than Trump and would have been a much better president, but she lost the rural vote, where machismo still reigns.

        • gary4205

          She was also the worst, most hated candidate the Anti-American democrat party EVER fielded, and that includes Klan sympathizers like Woodrow Wilson!

          That tells you how bad her running buddy and longtime donor Trump is, that he barely beat her!

          Had Cruz, or any of the rest won the nomination, it would have been a bloodbath for her!

          When the GOP allowed that democrat pig Trump hijack their party, it committed suicide.

          I for one hope the party dies a fiery death!

          • Luminous Flux

            Democrats lost because they couldnt call Islamic Terrorism what it is. They also lost because they were too busy trying to Tap the Trump Tower and spenign billions in commercials to insult him, while he was actually telling the common worker that im bringing work back for you. Yet hes a horrible person….LMAO.

      • longfisher

        This article in the New Yorker suitably answers your question, Sam.

        http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2017/04/why-do-democrats-feel-sorry-for-hillary-clinton.html

  • Fred Keller

    A tiny little poll, done by tiny little liberal minds, for a tiny little fake news article is all I see here.

    • DavidD

      And yet you are still here.

      • Roger

        And will be, a lot longer than a TOTAL IMBECILE, like you, will be, eh ?

    • SpiritofPearl

      You’re not looking closely.

      • Roger

        Fred’s looking VERY CLOSELY, but it appears that you are either totally BLIND or a TOTAL MORON, eh ?

        • Sam Jacinto

          Before calling someone blind to facts, you should take a look at Trump’s real history.

  • WUSRPH

    Trump is now claiming that “no administration has done more (than his) in its first 90 days”…..It would be a hilarious claim worthy of a TV comic except some Americans are likely to believe him……The Washington Post takes a look at his performance in fulfilling his promises…..Needless-to-say, it hasn’t been much.

    http://tinyurl.com/kfwvr6s

    • donuthin2

      I disagree, he has done more. He has created more animosity, more racism, more terror, more enemies.

      • WUSRPH

        Now he says that the evil media will lie to people about how successful he has been and cover up his accomplishments….And some people will believe him.

        • Roger

          But NOT YOU. You believe EVERY LIE that OBOOZER and CHILLERY “fed to YOU”. That’s why people like YOU have only a SINGLE BRAIN CELL to survive on, eh ?

          • Sam Jacinto

            You really are an insufferable boor.

          • BCinBCS

            Roger, are you JBB’s young grandson?

          • Oh, yawn yawn.

      • Roger

        Not raelly, just think of all the CRAP that Oboozer and his ILK did to race relations, set them back a good 60 – 70 years, eh ? You MORON !!!!!

        • Sam Jacinto

          Obama did not create racists – his presence merely exposed them.

        • Yawn.

    • Roger

      And you, even having more that one brain cell would be TOTALLY HILARIOUS, eh ?

      • the_real_Orangutan

        Roger, here are some tips for getting anyone to take you seriously. 1) Make an actual point in your comments. 2) Personal insults are counterproductive. 3) The more capital letters you use, the stupider you look.

        You may have something to contribute, but you haven’t done it yet.

  • BCinBCS

    Welp, on the racism front, Tejas just lost again.

    According to TPM:
    (emphasis is mine)

    A divided 3-judge panel of federal judges ruled Thursday that the Texas legislature in 2011 drew its state house districts with the intention of diluting minority voters.

    “With regard to the intentional vote dilution claims under § 2 and the Fourteenth Amendment, the Court finds that Plaintiffs proved their claims in El Paso County (HD78), Bexar County (HD117), Nueces County (the elimination of HD33 and the configuration of HD32 and HD34), HD41 in the Valley, Harris County, western Dallas County (HD103, HD104, and HD105), Tarrant County (HD90, HD93), Bell County (HD54), and with regard to Plan H283 as a whole,” the two-to-one decision, issued from the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas, said.

    The finding is part of a pattern for the Texas legislature. A voter ID law it passed in 2011 has twice been found to have been enacted with intention of discrimination against minorities by a federal judge—the second time after using a higher legal standard laid out by an appeals court. The same panel of judges who decided Thursday’s ruling also found that the Texas legislature drew a handful of U.S. House districts in way that amounted to illegal racial gerrymandering.

    http://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/texas-intent-racial-gerrymandering

    • SpiritofPearl

      Despite these court orders, the Lege refuses to make amendments to their egregious gerrymandering scam.

      • Roger

        Yup, just come to the Dallas area and look at gerrymandering “extraordinaire”, the area that EBG got, eh ?

  • WUSRPH

    Seven days until the government shuts down unless they come up with a spending plan. Any bets?

  • WUSRPH

    ” And after listening for 10 minutes, I realized that it’s not so easy.” Trump
    Learning on the job…..
    What else does he not know that he’s proclaimed as fact?

    • Roger

      A whole hell of a lot more than you, IDIOT, which a NEGATIVE IQ, eh ?

  • WUSRPH

    An interesting article on why Trump’s failure to live up to his own proclaimed standard of “doing more in the first 100 days than anyone in history” is important. It notes that in history a president who fumbled the first 100 days usually wound up fumbling the rest of at least the first two years of his presidency. Of course, Trump is different than all of his predecessors (in many, many ways) and may do better…but I doubt it.

    http://tinyurl.com/l34v84o

    Isn’t it interesting that Trump, who made such a big thing about what great things he was going to do in those first 100 days, is now backing away from it as fast as he can go. Maybe it is another one of those things he had to learn in office.

    • José

      Maybe his biggest mistake was thinking that he could succeed as President using the same tactics that worked in his business dealings, such as they did. And, you know, that style did work for winning the nomination and, with a big assist from foreign friends, the general election. But now things are different, the stakes are higher, the other players are harder and more resilient, and the press and public are more observant and critical. Bullying and blustering is getting stale. People are going to notice the lack of results.

      • SpiritofPearl

        JJ – and others – voted for him because he was a businessman. Looks like some folks are eating crow.

        • Roger

          DORK BRAINED IDIOT, you, eh ?

      • Roger

        And the ONLY THING that your “queenie” would have done, would to GIVE AWAY more of our country, exactly what she did with 20% of our Uranium mining capacity. You are a TOTAL MORON that “worships” the DONKEY, which is your FAVORITE MASCOT, eh ?

        • BCinBCS

          Ah-ha, finally a post with an actual fact and, of course, the actual fact about the uranium deal that you post is wrong.

    • WUSRPH

      Here is National Review’s view on why Trump is achieving so little in his first 100 days and likely will not during the first year of his term. In short, he was unprepared for the job.

      http://tinyurl.com/lxbcyuk

    • Roger

      Hell, just another A$$HOLE, you, running off at the mouth, which just OOZES fecal material from between your lips, eh ?

  • WUSRPH

    Another interesting article. It compares Nixon with his “madman theory” to Trump…and finds that Nixon was calculating and smart while Trump is just ignorant and incompetent…..

    http://tinyurl.com/l2n5gry

    • Roger

      And, if he’s ignorant, where does that leave you? With an IQ 10,000 points below your FAVORITE MASCOT, the deemoncrapper JACKA$$ (or DONKEY), eh ?

      • Sam Jacinto

        Is your ‘real name’ John Barron?

  • WUSRPH

    It isn’t that they can’t learn…it is that they won’t…….Time after time the GOP has told us that if you raise taxes (Clinton) you will destroy the economy and if you cut them you will create such a wave of prosperity that government revenues will just explode, covering the cost of the cuts. Time and time they have been proven DEAD WRONG…but here we go again…..Trump is apparently going to try to sell his tax cut plan (coming out any day now) as being the greatest Laffer Curve in history. And you want to bet that both the GOP in Congress and the likes of the Troll will buy it! The Tax Fairy REIGNS.

    http://tinyurl.com/mpwgux2

    • Roger

      Hey, IMBECILE, it worked quite well in the 80’s….. And it appears that you’re nada but a TROLL for either killery’s pants leg ot oboozer’s crotch, eh ?

      • BCinBCS

        Oooh, second posted fact by you and the second time that your fact is wrong.
        (Growth in the 80’s was not due to trickle down economics, it was due to the ending of the recession. And, BTW, Reagan had net tax increases during his terms.)

        You should read something other than Breitbart News for your information.

        • WUSRPH

          Like many he overlooks that more Americans pay more in payroll taxes than they do in income taxes. The GOP only talks about income taxes….They never talk about the combined tax bill……

        • SpiritofPearl

          And turn off “caps lock” . . .

    • Cindy Shearer Forbes

      The rich will get richer and the poor will get poorer.

  • WUSRPH

    One last interesting article. This one reports on a study on the impact on men’s views on political issues of declines in their earning power or their share of the total income. As usual, conservatives and liberals differ. Conservatives get more conservative. Liberals more liberal……Part of its findings could be useful in understanding the White Male Vote for Trump……Isn’t it interesting how many things are affected by the male ego?

    http://tinyurl.com/kfahm47

    • Roger

      IDIOT !!!!!

  • SpiritofPearl
    • BCinBCS

      In that article, Rick Perry is quoted as saying: “But in recent years, grid experts have highlighted the diminishing diversity of our nation’s electric generation mix…

      So the way to increase diversity is by reducing solar and wind generated power?
      (Newspeak is alive and well.)

      • SpiritofPearl

        I lovelovelove the solar panels on my roof . . . and so does my bank account.

        One could argue that Perry is stupid. Rather I would say he is a running dog for the fossil fuel industry.

        • Roger

          And you’re a running dog for either the crotch of oboozer or chillery, eh ?

      • Roger

        A$$HOLE !!!!!

      • WUSRPH

        Part of the Earth Day Celebration in England was the closing of the last coal user.

        • BCinBCS

          Yea, I read that and, to say the least, it really took me by surprise.
          Think of the history of coal and Britain.

  • SpiritofPearl
  • BCinBCS

    Saturday, April 22 is Earth Day and also the March for Science.

    Do something nice for the earth tomorrow and something nice for science. Consider attending one of the many marches, but if not, at least go to one of the many science demonstrations being offered at some of the marches – they’re informative and highly entertaining.

    I hope to see you on the streets.

  • SpiritofPearl

    Have you noticed that there is no longer a “Burkablog” header in the TM opening page?

    • José

      Yeah I did. Sad.

      • SpiritofPearl

        Does this signal the end of BB?

        • WUSRPH

          Who knows….you cannot really tell anything by the fact that the cleaned up their masthead…They removed headers to other things than just BB. We will have to wait and see…just like always.

  • Wurty

    ” 86 percent of Democrats disapprove of his job performance, along with 73 percent of the millennials and 61 percent of Hispanics. Sixty percent of whites view Trump positively.”

    Democrats automatically hate Republicans. That’s a given. Millennials haven’t fully matured so they think like a Leftist. And the Hispanics who don’t like Trump are Left thinkers. are racist. Nothing new here. Trump has signed a lot of executive orders. He’s getting the job done.

    • SpiritofPearl

      No significant legislation passed.

    • BCinBCS

      Wurty, I know you are living in a bubble, so let me help you burst it. Other than withdrawing from TPP negotiations, okaying the Keystone pipeline and setting ICE loose on immigrant families, what has Comrade Trump/Bannon actually accomplishedished?

      • Wurty

        He set ICE loose on illegal aliens. And hopefully when deported they will take their children back to where they belong–their homeland, your taxes will no longer support them. People who do not like us now cannot enter your country. Trump now allows your veterans to seek a doctor of their choice. Withdrawing from TPP and Okaying the Keystone pipeline provides jobs. His executive order diminishing the power of the EPA means more work sooner than later.

        • BCinBCS

          Wurty, I know the effects that these small accomplishments cause; what I was pointing out is that he is not “getting the job done” about running the government or fulfilling his campaign promises.

          BTW, I am acquainted with quite a number of undocumented aliens, they are all hard workers and not a one of them is on government assistance. Perhaps your bias is showing?

          Also, that bill that allows veterans to see the private doctor of their choice…that bill was signed into law by…wait for it…wait for it…President Barack Obama. All that Comrade Trump/Bannon did was modify it so that the doctor payments were no longer through a third party (you know, capitalism) but directly by the VA (you know, government) and allow veterans to see private doctors even if they lived next door to the VA hospital and they could be seen in the next fifteen minutes (prior to this private doctors could only be used if the VA hospital was too far away or if the appointment time was too long).

          The Keystone pipeline will generate practically no jobs and gutting the EPA will allow the return of polluters and the acceleration of global warming.

          • WUSRPH

            The basic problem in America today is that too many people are unwilling to accept any “truth” that does not reflect their prejudices and preexisting beliefs. He is a perfect example..

          • BCinBCS

            Amen

        • SpiritofPearl

          “Later” or never is more like it.

        • Jed

          “He set ICE loose on illegal aliens. And hopefully when deported they will take their children back to where they belong–their homeland, your taxes will no longer support them.”

          can you cite numbers? are deportations up under trump or down, versus obama? and are you actually hoping that citizens will be forced to leave america? why do you hate americans?

          “People who do not like us now cannot enter your country.”

          i have no idea what this word salad was intended to mean, although i suspect you meant this:

          “People who do not LOOK like ME now cannot enter MY country.”

          Am I reading you correctly?

  • Wurty

    Yes, Trump is popular in Texas. Texas is a red state. Dumb headline.The headline ought to read “Why Didn’t Anyone like Hillary in 2008 and 2016? And why didn’t she run in 2012?

    • SpiritofPearl

      Butbutbut that’s not the thesis of article. Trump’s collapsing house of cards is.

    • Jed

      “And why didn’t she run in 2012?”

      two words: ted kennedy.

  • Cindy Shearer Forbes

    I would like to hear a rational argument from someone in the Republican 85 per cent as to why you still support this man. Otherwise I have to assume you are not good people and you don’t care if we have a democracy or not.

    • BCinBCS

      Spot on Cindy, spot on.

    • SpiritofPearl

      Amen!

      Why do his voters continue to support such an incompetent failure?

      http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/05/01/a-hundred-days-of-trump

      • Cindy Shearer Forbes

        Everyone should read the New Yorker article! Thanks for sharing the link.

        • SpiritofPearl

          You’re welcome! It speaks truth to power.

          • BCinBCS

            Pearl, maybe I’m tiring of the battle, but I found the article depressing.

            I will continue to fight, not with the joy of the challenge but with the grim determination of someone who sees the consequences of giving up.

          • SpiritofPearl

            “Tiring of the battle” is not an option. We must be vigilant, informed, and determined to overcome tyranny. I had planned to spend my retirement in other ways, but fascism has gotten a foothold in my country and I will fight it, MUST fight it.

  • gary4205

    Trump is a pig. A lifelong democrat pig.

    That said, the notion that a democrat could win a statewide election…..in Texas, doesn’t pass the laugh test!

    • SpiritofPearl

      Nah. Trump has no alllegiance to party or country.

    • Luminous Flux

      Trump’s not a liberal by the way. and the only person here who is trash…is you. How about shutting your dick suckers because you are not being a part of the solution, so you must be the problem.

    • WUSRPH

      The article is not talking about a statewide race. It is talking about three specific congressional districts. Read.

  • dieter heymann

    The multi ringed linguistic food fight begins three entries below this one.

    • WUSRPH

      Sorry, but the SCOTUS as recently as the ruling on the ACA has held that it is a violation of the 10th Amendment for the Federal government to require a State government to take some action to enforce a federal law. This means that, while the federal government has the power to build Trump’s WALL and use imminent domain against Texas landowners to do so, it CANNOT require that the State of Texas build or pay for the wall. Of course, the funds may come from federal taxes paid by Texans, but it has to be done by the federal government.

  • WUSRPH

    A 15% corporate income tax WITHOUT any offset to cover the Immense increase it will cause in the national debt….Someone named Trump really lives in the land of the Tax Fairy.

  • womanofsamaria .

    I’m sure you only asked Dems in your poll so what do you expect them to say. It’s already been proven that they all must believe exactly the same things. There’s no real thinking going on in that party. Their leaders tell them what they think and what they believe resulting in a party of puppets.

    • BCinBCS

      You should get out of your house more often.

    • WUSRPH

      I would be very happy to meet a woman in Samaria….but not a man.

  • WUSRPH

    Trump has backed off (more like run away) from his attacks on a big guy, China, but apparently is not afraid of picking on Canada, a little guy (in population terms) without any real power to resist. Anything to cover up that he has not fulfilled a single “on the first day in office” promise about China and to make him look like a tough guy.

  • WUSRPH

    The fact that Trump continues to fall in the polls is good news for America, but it really won’t mean that much until:

    * The polls indicate that the voters think the Democrats offer a replacement for Trump and have solutions to the problems he supposedly unearthed; and

    * More of those who supported Trump realize their mistake and move away from him….which has not happened to any real extent if only two percent of those who voted for him now recognize their mistake.

    Those things have to happen before there is likely to be an “Democratic Revival” in 2018.

    • Jed

      it isn’t necessary for single trump voter to change sides (good thing, since they’re virtually all too stupid or insecure to realize or admit their mistake so far – or ever).

      it is only necessary for democratic candidates to generate 10% higher turnout than last november, a la obama. actually, i think 1% higher would have done it.

  • WUSRPH

    Trump is apparently so desperate to make some kind of record for the first 100 days—for which he claimed he would set a new record—that the WH even tried to claim that he has issued more Executive Orders than FDR did in the midst of the Depression….Turns out the facts is that FDR leads in the number by more than 3 to 1…..I guess “alternative facts” were at work.

  • WUSRPH

    What kind of a country is this becoming when the president admits that he was all ready to take the drastic action of withdrawing the US from the NAFTA—looking forward to it in fact—and the only thing that stopped him was when his Secretaries of Commerce and Agriculture rushed to the Oval Office to show him how much damage that act would cause? Government by whim?

  • WUSRPH

    It is even worse than that:

    From the National Review….IT says a lot about what is going on.

    I Think He Missed a Memo

    Are you noticing a pattern in President Trump’s statements?

    “I loved my previous life. I had so many things going,” Trump told Reuters in an interview Thursday. “This is more work than in my previous life. I thought it would be easier.”

    When discussing health care in February: “Very complicated issue…. I have to tell you, it’s an unbelievably
    complex subject. Nobody knew that health care could be so complicated.”

    After the House GOP canceled the vote on the American Health Care Act: “We learned a lot about the vote-getting process. We learned a lot about some very arcane rules in obviously both the Senate and in the House.”

    Discussing North Korea with Chinese president Xi Jinping:

    Mr. Trump said he told his Chinese counterpart he believed Beijing could easily take care of the North Korea threat. Mr. Xi then explained the history of China and Korea, Mr. Trump said.

    “After listening for 10 minutes, I realized it’s not so easy,” Mr. Trump recounted. “I felt pretty strongly that they had a tremendous power [over North Korea], but it’s not what you would think.”

    Earlier this week, discussing NATO:

    “I was on Wolf Blitzer, very fair interview, the first time I was ever asked about NATO, because I wasn’t in government. People don’t go around asking about NATO if I’m building a building in Manhattan, right? So they asked me, Wolf … asked me about NATO, and I said two things. NATO’s obsolete — not knowing much about NATO, now I know a lot about NATO — NATO is obsolete,and I said, “And the reason it’s obsolete is because of the fact they don’t focus on terrorism.”

    If only someone had told him!

  • WUSRPH

    Did you notice that, despite all of Trump’s talk and the stock market, there was a economic SLOW DOWN in the first quarter? I thought the economy was supposed to explode in growth just from he being elected. Another touch of reality for Trump.

  • WUSRPH

    The Great Negotiator totally strikes out on the budget….Congress treated him like he really did come to town on a turnip truck.

    http://tinyurl.com/mfqdn3p

  • WUSRPH

    Rather than “Drain(ing) the swamp” Trump seems to be adding more water to it with secret waivers for former lobbyists allowing them to work on the same issues they were paid to promote..

    http://tinyurl.com/l8lm84b

  • WUSRPH

    Trump’s “knowledge” (SIC) of Andrew Jackson sounds like he read one of the displays at the Hermitage.