Tuesday's HOT MIC
So, let me get this straight. Just about every newspaper, every TV news program, every news radio program, every magazine, and every comic book around the world serves up a daily diet of hysterical, exaggerated, anti-Trump vitriol, quoting politicians, revolutionaries, celebrities, royalty, and ordinary people all saying basically the same thing: Trump is bad and his proposals are toxic to the world order.
And then...shocker! Pew publishes a study headlined, "U.S. Image Suffers as Publics Around the World Question Trump's Leadership."
Although he has only been in office a few months, Donald Trump’s presidency has had a major impact on how the world sees the United States. Trump and many of his key policies are broadly unpopular around the globe, and ratings for the U.S. have declined steeply in many nations. According to a new Pew Research Center survey spanning 37 nations, a median of just 22% has confidence in Trump to do the right thing when it comes to international affairs. This stands in contrast to the final years of Barack Obama’s presidency, when a median of 64% expressed confidence in Trump’s predecessor to direct America’s role in the world.
Is there any one human being on planet earth so vilified, so demonized, so lied about as Donald Trump? I mean, the guy is a putz, a lout, an ignoramus -- but really now, is he really worse than some of the benighted dictators and potentates in other countries? If the world got half as upset over Syria's President Assad for gassing his own people, the civil war would have ended years ago.
No, the Pew study isn't surprising at all. In fact, what might be surprising is that 22% of the world has been able to resist the avalanche of Trump hatred spewing from the media since he took office.