According to a new Monmouth University poll, the American people believe that Donald Trump is his own worst spokesperson, and the President does more to hurt his own cause than anyone else. In other words, America would like Trump to shut the hell up.
Via the Monmouth University Poll as provided to PoliticusUSA:
Fully 6-in-10 (61%) Americans say Trump does more to hurt his own cause when he speaks on behalf of the administration. Just 33% say he does more to help his administration when he speaks publicly.
More say that Spicer hurts (42%) rather than helps (28%) the president when he takes to the press room podium, with 3-in-10 registering no opinion.
A similar number say that Conway hurts (40%) rather than helps (28%) the president when she hits the cable news circuit, with about 3-in-10 registering no opinion.
Opinion is divided on Sanders at 23% helps and 22% hurts, although more than half of the public have no opinion of her performance.
Pence is the only one of five officials tested who usually puts his best foot forward according to the poll. A majority (53%) say he does more to help the president and just 29% say he does more harm when he speaks on behalf of the administration.
In other words, the problem isn’t Sean Spicer, the communications team, the White House staff, or leaks. The problem is the open mouth of Donald J. Trump. Every time Trump speaks or tweets, he hurts himself and his party. Trump could fire Sean Spicer today, and it wouldn’t matter because the real issue is the guy in the Oval Office.
Republicans are in a no-win situation. Trump is popular with the Republican base, but the Republican base is about 38% of America.
Trump is sinking the Republican Party, and the best thing that he could do for his country would be to be quiet.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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