Since losing the election, the mainstream media has become a rabid dog. They’re foaming at the mouth and attacking everything associated with President-elect Donald Trump.
But there’s one thing they won’t tell you — Americans aren’t buying it.
Instead, since being elected Trump’s popularity has soared. Half of Americans are happy to very happy with the president-elect, and over 30% “strongly approve” of his actions and cabinet.
Wall Street is also expressing huge optimism, with the Dow Jones Industrial Average pushing 20,000 just ahead of Christmas.
But it’s not just Wall Street and Main Street uniting behind Trump. It’s also former establishment rivals, including former President George W. Bush, praising his actions.
While the media tries to whip America into an anti-Trump frenzy, they’re ignoring the truth — Americans, including those with experience governing, are reporting themselves very impressed with Trump’s moves so far.
Throughout the presidential campaign, the Bush family and many of its establishment Republican allies turned their backs on Donald Trump. Now, they’re finding common cause with Trump over his pick to lead the State Department: Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson.
Former President George W. Bush, who has largely avoided politics since leaving office in 2009, heaped praise on Tillerson in a recent phone call to Sen. Bob Corker, the Tennessee lawmaker who will oversee the secretary of state confirmation hearings. Jeb Bush called the Exxon executive a “good man and accomplished leader.”
Dick Cheney, Condoleezza Rice and Robert Gates — Bush’s vice president, secretary of state and secretary of defense — have also offered glowing praise. Gates, who runs a consulting firm with Rice that represents Exxon, first put Tillerson on Trump’s radar when the president-elect was dissatisfied with his more conventional options.
These endorsements are noteworthy for political experts, because of the former animosity establishment Republicans had towards Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp.”
Trump was never embraced by more traditional Republicans, and his rejection by the Bush family and its national security apparatus was particularly glaring. The family produced the last two Republican presidents and had hoped for a third in 2016. The two Bush presidencies also defined the GOP’s foreign policy philosophy.
Trump has vowed to take the Republican Party in a new direction, both in style and substance. He showed no reverence for the Bush family during the campaign, blasting George W. Bush over the Iraq war and deriding his administration’s focus on nation building abroad. He was particularly hard on former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who ran against Trump in the GOP primaries.
Now, this political family is singing Trump’s praises — even though they’re on the outside looking in.
The Associated Press contributed to this article