If the mainstream media was to be believed, Americans hate President-elect Donald Trump.
The only problem is: they’re TOTALLY wrong.
All across the corporate news networks, stories attacking Trump and his supporters are top headlines. The television news networks are spinning tales on angry protests and violence they blame on Trump, Electoral College reversal plots, fake Russian hacking conspiracy theories, and more.
So what does the average, Joe Six-Pack think of Trump?
They’re not buying it. Average Americans love Trump more than ever — and the liberal media can’t stand it.
Fifty percent of all Americans told NBC News they strongly approve of Trump’s transition team and Cabinet.
How does the news network respond to such data?
With fake headlines blasting Trump, of course — one of NBC News’ top headlines Monday is an attack piece on Trump’s popularity, “Trump Has Less Than a Mandate — and That Means a Short Leash.”
Give us a break. With malarkey like that, is there any wonder few Americans trust the mainstream media?
As each Cabinet announcement draws fresh media attacks against Trump, many Americans who voted for him say the president-elect is doing what he promised to do: draining the swamp.
And despite the spin from the corporate media, Americans are excited.
To Trump backers, the idea of a defense secretary nicknamed “Mad Dog” is bliss. They rejoice in an energy secretary who once said he would eliminate the Department of Energy. And while some Trump supporters balk at ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson’s close ties with Russia’s Vladimir Putin, they say they will trust Trump’s judgment about his secretary of state nominee.
These voters, who often echo Trump’s own campaign statements, say the affluence of his Cabinet picks is an advantage, not a liability.
“The guys he’s putting in there, they don’t need to do this. They’re independently wealthy,” said Trump voter Roger Mansfield, 67, a small business owner in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. “They don’t need any more money. The motivation is to make pragmatic, rational business decisions. What could be wrong about that?”
John Barnes, a 60-year-old Air Force retiree living in Albuquerque, said he liked that Trump was “hiring outsiders and not local yokel knuckleheads.”
In Kentucky, Wesley Lewis applauded Trump’s decision to nominate three retired generals for top jobs: James “Mad Dog” Mattis to head the Pentagon, John Kelly for the Department of Homeland Security and Michael Flynn as national security adviser.
But Lewis, 67, said he is skeptical about Tillerson, who has opposed sanctions levied on Moscow, and about Trump’s hope of improving relations with Russia.
“I don’t see that we need to have a buddy-buddy relationship with Russia or China or any of them. We need to remain strong, help where we can,” Lewis said. “Being buddies with Russia, that’s only going to cause us problems.”
On jobs, some Trump voters are celebrating.
“I’m tickled pink, man,” said Jimmy McDonald, an assistant bank vice president, from Tazewell County, Virginia. Some laid-off miners in Appalachia have been called back to work, some shortly before Trump was elected. One factor was a recent spike in the price of metallurgical coal used to make steel. McDonald credits Trump.
“More coal’s being brought out right now since the last 60 days actually,” said McDonald, 57. “Trump made that a major focus of his campaign in August, when he started talking about the coal miners, and the coal trains are running, man. And people are excited. It’s just a different vibe in the air right now.”
“Look at the stock market,” said Jack Stauffenberg, a 65-year-old coal company superintendent from New Tripoli, Pennsylvania, referring to Wall Street’s recent streak of records. “That expresses the optimism of this country right now.”
Americans sense that the country is “being righted, and we’re kind of getting a new start,” he added.
The Associated Press contributed to this article