MSNBC co-host Joe Scarborough during a segment on Tuesday’s “Morning Joe,” told the president how to save his presidency: fire White House chief strategist Steve Bannon.
Following news that President Trump’s approval rating has fallen to just 36 percent nearly two months into his term, Scarborough reminded viewers that former President Ronald Reagan had similar poll numbers in 1982. Two years later, he won re-election by a landslide.
However, the MSNBC host also noted that the president needs to reach beyond his base to garner support. He also placed a significant amount of blame with Bannon for providing the president with faulty political advice, explaining,
“His attacks on the press, on the courts, his attacks on just about everybody, yes, it plays to his, quote, base. His base is 35 percent, 36 percent. There are about 10 percent of Americans who voted for him because he is not Hillary Clinton. His base is 35 percent, 36 percent. That’s what he’s boiled down to because he has simply refused to listen to everybody that has told him you need to reach out and be more inclusive.”
Scarborough said that both Trump and Bannon had grossly overestimated their base and, as such, the “Morning Joe” host mocked Bannon. He also warned Trump that he would also need help from the Democrats in order to avoid complete government shut down and urged the president to surround himself with more capable advisers, saying,
“If he wants to get his 36 (percent) to 56 (percent), he’s going to have to fire Steve Bannon and anyone else who calls himself a Leninist who wants to destroy the American republic, and start working with Republicans and Democrats. Do what 78 percent of Americans told NBC News a couple weeks ago — they want their leaders to compromise and work with the other side and make Washington work again.”
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