Donald Trump’s Job Performance Rating With White Men Tanks: Rick Santorum Admits ‘Bad Behavior’ Hurts — ‘But’

As the idiom goes, what goes up comes down. And, according to a recent poll on Donald Trump’s approval in office — particularly among white men – his job performance rating is falling. Although a Trump apologist agrees that the president needs to tone down his rhetoric, he thinks there are other forces in Washington behind President Trump’s declining approval rating among his base, according to a live CNN broadcast.

On the issue of leadership, it’s important to reference a recent Fox News Poll (Oct. 22-24) that assessed President Trump’s job performance among registered voters. In the latest survey, 38 percent of voters approve of the first term president’s job performance, while 57 percent express disapproval. The poll numbers showed a slight decline; one month ago, Trump’s approval ratings were 42 percent and 53 percent, respectively.

As the Inquisitr previously wrote, Trump owes a lot of thanks to white men, particularly those lacking credentials for higher education. In spite of reportedly giving up 3 million votes to Hillary Clinton in the popular vote, Donald Trump prevailed handily in the Electoral College where it counts. In short, Trump amassed 71 percent of the aforementioned voter group’s vote, which represents a large cross-section of his base.

“In the 2016 presidential election, analysts believe that Trump’s overwhelming victory among white men without college degrees was essential to his ability to put together the Electoral College win that gave him the White House.”

Former Senator Rick Santorum, now a CNN contributor, was part of a panel on a morning segment of the cable news show. An intriguing aspect of the latest job performance rating for Donald Trump is the decline in white male voters: 68 percent of them approved of the president’s leadership last month versus 56 percent of them who do now.

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Santorum, a former candidate in the 2016 Elections field — and a former staunch Trump opponent — agreed that there’s a lesson learned by the decline in voter confidence and the president should take heed of the low approval rating.

“I’ve said this many times on this program that Donald Trump’s demeanor does not benefit him in governing this country. I understand that it may benefit him in some political circles, but I think his short fuse and his combativeness, particularly with a widow of a soldier killed in Niger, that hurt him, even among his base,” Santorum opined to the host, Poppy Harlow.

Santorum expressed optimism in Trump’s presidency despite the inhospitable climate his White House administration is in at the moment. The senator pointed to the “bad character” of Bill Clinton, who prevailed and went on to have a strong approval rating despite the fallout from facing impeachment over the Monica Lewinsky affair.

The former lawmaker then pivoted and said part of Trump’s demise has its roots in a concerted effort by the press to “go after” the chief executive on various issues of his presidency. Santorum believes Trump has the ability to be a good president if he focuses on policy and the country instead of trying to stay ahead of the media storms.

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Recently, Trump came under fire for publicly feuding with Myeisha Johnson, the widow of an ambushed Green Beret who was killed with three other soldiers in Niger, Africa. Trump was accused of being insensitive during his condolence call by reportedly saying “He knew what he signed up for.” Despite rising calls to apologize, the White House stood by Trump’s claim of being “respectful” during the call and said an apology is not necessary.

It’s still unclear at this time why Trump’s once-loyal base of white men without college degrees is reigning in support for the president. Do you think Donald Trump’s latest approval rating over his job performance will end his presidency or will he eventually prevail and prove the detractors wrong?

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