Donald Trump holds historically low disapproval numbers at around 54 percent.
Only 28 percent of Americans support Donald Trump’s proposal to build a wall between the Mexican-American border.
Only 35 percent of Texans support the wall. The wall is also incredibly unpopular along other states that share a border with Mexico.
Only 17 percent of Americans support a government shutdown to further Donald Trump’s policy goals.
Donald Trump is threatening a government shutdown if Congress doesn’t approve funding to get started on The Wall.
It’s not because it’s a good idea. It’s not because it’s popular. It’s because Donald Trump promised a Wall during the campaign, and after breaking so many other campaign promises, Trump is insisting on this one, although there is no indication that Mexico will pay for the wall, as Trump also promised during his campaign.
In order to get funding passed, in fact, he’s holding health care hostage, threatening to pull payments made to insurance companies under Obamacare unless the Dems fund his wall. Support for Obamacare, meanwhile, has reached an all-time high.
But don’t worry, Trump’s got it all figured out:
OK, the thing they want more than anything is the wall. My base, which is a big base; I think my base is 45 percent. You know, it’s funny. The Democrats, they have a big advantage in the electoral college. Big, big, big advantage. I’ve always said the popular vote would be a lot easier than the electoral college. The electoral college — but it’s a whole different campaign (unintelligible). The electoral college is very difficult for a Republican to win, and I will tell you, the people want to see it. They want to see the wall, they want to see security. Now, it just came out that they’re 73 percent down. … That’s a tremendous achievement. … Look at this, in 100 days, that down to the lowest in 17 years and it’s going lower. Now, people aren’t coming because they know they’re not going to get through, and there isn’t crime. You know the migration up to the border is horrible for women, you know that? (Unintelligible.) Now, much of that’s stopped because they can’t get through.
What the f*ck is this man saying?
In sum: Trump is an unpopular President threatening to take away payments for a popular initiative unless Congress approves an unpopular Wall, a debate that may result in a very unpopular government shutdown on the 99th Day of a Presidency in which Trump has yet to fulfill any of the legislative promises he guaranteed would happen in the first 100 days. Meanwhile, funding the wall is causing a rift within the Republicans, many of whom are turning on Donald Trump, while the Democrats — who can’t seem to agree on anything — are at least united in their opposition to the wall.
In other words, things are going great for Donald Trump.