Trump’s Approval Rating Plunges Amid Wave of Pre-Midterm Violence (Bloomberg link): President Donald Trump’s job approval rating plunged 4 percentage points last week amid a wave of violence, the latest troubling signal for Republican chances in upcoming midterm elections. Forty percent of Americans approved of Trump’s performance as commander in chief, according to Gallup polling during the week ending Oct. 28. That was down from 44 percent the prior week, an unusually steep decline for the poll, which is based on a survey of 1,500 U.S. adults conducted Monday through Sunday each week.
Some of the polling was done before the attacks. The drop was the sharpest since June 24 -- when Trump’s weekly job approval declined to 41 percent from 45 percent the previous week -- amid controversy over his administration’s policy of separating families apprehended illegally crossing the U.S. border with Mexico.
“The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly,” Trump said in a posting on Twitter.
An attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh during Saturday services left 11 people dead, many of them elderly, in what’s being investigated as a hate crime by a suspect who allegedly posted on social media blaming a Jewish nonprofit that helps resettle refugees for bringing “invaders in that kill our people.”
On Friday, a Florida man known to have attended Trump campaign events was charged in connection with mailing at least 13 suspected explosive devices that targeted high-profile Democrats, including former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Two packages were addressed to former U.S. intelligence officials John O. Brennan and James Clapper at the New York headquarters of CNN, for which Clapper is now an analyst.
Trump has held a series of rallies for Republican House and Senate candidates across the country in recent weeks. White House officials, however, are largely resigned to losing Republican control of the House, and the mood around the president has darkened as many challengers continue to out-raise seasoned Republican incumbents, and Democratic enthusiasm surpasses that of the GOP.
The detonation took place shortly after 9 p.m. near a U-Haul facility located at the corner of S. Raymond and California avenues. Asked whether the string of pipe bombs mailed to prominent Democrats and CNN -- none of which exploded-- played a role in the response, Perez said law enforcement officials were, of course, aware of those incidents. "However, we treat each situation with the facts that we have," he said, "and this one is being dealt with, with exactly what we are looking at."
Pasadena police, the Los Angeles County Sheriff's bomb squad and Pasadena fire officials were all on the scene. The possible threat also disrupted service on Metro's Gold Line, which runs parallel to S. Raymond. Metro officials said buses had replaced train service between the Lake Station and Pasadena while authorities worked to deal with the device.
Logsdon broke down criminal cases against Republicans into likely convictions, likely acquittals, and toss-ups, and found that the G.O.P.’s path to the magic number of seventy new prison cells was “very doable.”
According to his projections, Republicans are running for prison “especially well” in districts where the G.O.P. member of Congress was an early supporter of Donald J. Trump.
“In those districts, we’re seeing Republicans who did an incredible job of raising money,” he said. “All of that money is going to translate into a huge number of new freshman prisoners.”
All in all, Logsdon sees the prospect of seventy new Republicans in prison as “nothing short of seismic.”
“Prisons need to get ready,” he said. “A red wave is coming.”