British journalist and TV host Piers Morgan is at odds with Donald Trump on many issues, but the two are in agreement that the president is “winning.”
Morgan, in his latest column for the Daily Mail of London, marveled at a new poll showing Trump’s approval rating is higher than President Obama’s was at the same stage in his presidency.
“Given all the fire, brimstone and perpetual outrage about Trump since he won the White House, this is a truly remarkable state of affairs,” Morgan wrote.
He said the response of liberals to “the shock poll” – “fury, incredulity and … sticking their collective heads in the sand” – is “music to the ears of Trump, a man who absolutely revels in liberal hysteria because he knows it works for him, as this new poll proves.”
“The more Trump-bashers scream abuse at and about him, the more it fires up his base – and indeed, the more it fires up Trump himself,” Morgan wrote.
A new NBC/Wall Street Journal poll finds Trump’s approval rating at 47 percent while Obama’s was 45 percent at the same point in his tenure.
Morgan said there may be more winning to come in just two weeks.
He noted that until recently, it was widely assumed the Republicans would lose control of the House in the Nov. 6 midterm elections
But now, Morgan said, there’s “a very good chance the Republicans will hang onto the House, as well as the Senate, and Trump will move on empowered and emboldened to what could very well be an even bigger win in 2020.”
He believes the establishment media has overplayed its hand, with “constant collective outrage over every tiny thing Trump says, tweets or does” ultimately helping the president.
“Barely a week goes by without some supposed new ‘Trump crisis’ fueling wall-to-wall cable news coverage and dire predictions of impeachment or even jail time for the president,” he wrote.
“Yet within a few days, each ‘administration-threatening scandal’ dissolves into a giant nothing-burger.”
Liberal celebrities have added to the “endless hysterical cacophony,” Morgan said, which he believes has helped make Trump “ever more popular with his base and with the GOP.”
More significantly, he wrote, the approval poll shows moderates moving in Trump’s direction, which is “terrible news for the Democrats, because their only game plan with Trump is to abuse him and rely on mockery and sneering as an election strategy.”
He noted Trump has put two nominees on the Supreme Court, entrenching a conservative majority, while slashing taxes and regulations, “sparking a boom in the U.S. economy that shows no sign of stopping, a surge in jobs and record low unemployment.”
“Trump’s forged a peaceful dialogue with North Korea, launched a trade war with China that many think is long overdue, withdrawn from the obviously flawed Iran nuclear deal and Trans-Pacific Partnership, forced Mexico and Canada to update NAFTA, bullied NATO countries into paying their bills, and bombed ISIS out of Iraq and Syria.”
Morgan also cited Trump’s crackdown on illegal immigration. The English pundit believes the “caravan” of more than 7,000 Central American migrants intending to enter the United States illegally will be a favorable issue for Republicans in the upcoming elections.
“It’s hard to think of a more powerful image to vindicate Trump’s much criticized demand for a new ‘wall,’ isn’t it?” Morgan wrote.
He advised Democrats “to stop their ridiculously self-defeating state of perpetual Trump outrage and work out how they’re actually going to beat him.”
“Because right now, Trump’s kicking your a**.”
The Guardian of London reported last year that Morgan, who predicted Trump’s election, described himself as a close personal friend of Trump.
On the “Loose Women” panel show on the British channel ITV in January 2017, Morgan refused to repudiate Trump when challenged, despite stating that he disagreed with him on issues such as gun control, climate change and abortion.
In 2008, Morgan was the winner of the U.S. celebrity version of Trump’s former NBC television show “The Apprentice.” Trump, on the show, called Morgan “ruthless, arrogant, evil and obnoxious.”