The media was convinced Donald Trump’s inaugural address was a failure.
They were outraged that Trump’s “America First” message didn’t pay proper respect to Barack Obama and the rest of the Washington elite.
But then the poll numbers came in and no one could believe what they found.
A Politico/Morning Consult Poll found the American people approved of Trump’s inaugural address.
Politico reports on their findings:
“A new POLITICO/Morning Consult poll shows that the new president’s message is resonating with voters, refuting the idea that Trump bungled his first speech as commander in chief.
Trump got relatively high marks on his Friday address, with 49 percent of those who watched or heard about the speech saying it was excellent or good, and just 39 percent rating it as only fair or poor. Sixty-five percent of those surveyed reacted positively to the “America First” message, the cornerstone of the Trump campaign and governing posture.
Americans are looking for Trump to put his slogan into action: 61 percent said they agreed with Trump’s plan that the federal government should “buy American and hire American.”
“President Trump knows what his voters like to hear, and you see that resonating once again in our latest poll,” said Kyle Dropp, Morning Consult’s chief research officer and co-founder.
Fifty-one percent of voters described the speech as ‘optimistic,’ 46 percent of respondents say the speech was ‘presidential,’ and 44 percent say it was ‘inspiring,’ laying bare an alternative narrative that could have driven this week’s news cycle if the president had not started a multi-day debate about the crowd size on the National Mall.”
Seeing the American people cheer for Trump’s “America First” principles in trade, immigration and foreign policy left the media speechless.
For days the media pummeled Trump’s address as “dark” and “radical”.
“The television anchors, reporters and analysts covering President Donald Trump’s inaugural speech may have appeared on different networks, but they were united in their depictions of Trump’s speech.
“A speech that, in the early 1960s, gave us ‘ask not,’ today gave us ‘American carnage,’” said MSNBC anchor Brian Williams.
“One of the most radical inauguration speeches we’ve ever heard … Pure populism,” CNN’s Jake Tapper said.
“This was Donald Trump seizing power, in the sense that there is a new sheriff in town,” Fox News anchor Chris Wallace said. “The American carnage must stop right here, right now. … This was the speech of an insurgent, the leader of a revolt that has won and taken control of Washington.”
But just like in the campaign, the media elite are completely out of touch with the American people.
Those who watched the speech didn’t consider Trump’s call to return the power to the people –and put the interests of Americans above all else – as “dark”.
They saw it as an inspiring course towards correcting a government which has grown disconnected from the American people.