President Donald Trump’s penchant for nicknames has drawn the ire from many of his opponents. While many have suggested the president’s nicknames are “unpresidential,” the names have a habit of sticking, much to the chagrin of their intended targets.
On Sunday, Trump added “Rocket Man” for North Korean madman Kim Jong Un to his roster.
On Tuesday, the president repeated the nickname during his address at the U.N. when he said, “The United States has great strength and patience, but if it is forced to defend itself or its allies, we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea. Rocket Man is on a suicide mission for himself and for his regime.”
That’s getting straight to the point.
Critics of the president’s style have claimed his tone is so harsh it’s over the top. However, if polls are to be believed, not everyone agrees.
Case in point: A Politico/Morning Consult poll from Wednesday showed that Trump’s overall approval rating had increased 4 percentage points from last month — from 39 percent to 43 percent.
The president’s approval rating has climbed 7 points among Republicans, reaching 80 percent.
Kyle Dropp, co-founder and chief research officer of Morning Consult, said Trump’s drop in the polls after last month’s violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, “proved to be short-lived, and his approval has stabilized.”
“A key driver of this movement appears to be independents,” he told Politico. “Immediately after Charlottesville, 35 percent of independent voters approved of Trump, and 58 percent disapproved. In this latest poll, that has risen to 40 percent approval and 52 percent disapproval.”
While the left will claim Trump’s rhetoric is inflammatory, these numbers suggest that Americans like a leader who is willing to confront his opponents and put them in their place.
That kind of leadership is a world apart from Trump’s predecessor.
Former President Barack Obama had plenty of fire for his domestic political opponents, but never the countries and leaders that truly posed a threat to the United States. The state of the world by the time he was finished showed how much good that did.
“The Donald” definitely has his own style, and he has no problem letting “Rocket Man” know just what he thinks about him.
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