Letter to the Editor

A response to votes and polling

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

The writer of a recent Letter to the Editor seems to be confused about support for President Trump. He noted that Hillary Clinton received 3 million more votes than Donald Trump. What seems to be forgotten is – that since the inception of our country – our President is elected by the Electoral College. There is not much point for a Republican candidate to campaign in California or New York, because of the heavy presence of Democrats in those two states. A Republican would be better served by campaigning in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin, which Donald Trump did. The electoral system requires 270 votes, Trump received 306 votes.

Second, the writer places great confidence in a national poll that shows President Trump is only supported by 48 percent of the public (not the voters). It is amazing that Donald Trump can even receive 48 percent public approval when 90 percent of the news stories present a negative view of President Trump. This negative view is understandable when it is known that 90 percent of the national news media lives in counties won by Hillary Clinton. Of course, we remember how accurate the polls were last fall in predicting the outcome of the general election. There are 3,141 counties in the United States – 84 percent of them voted for Donald Trump.

President Trump has many positive accomplishments. His main problem with achieving legislative success is that Democrats are fighting him all the way. At times, the Democratic resistance seems so negative toward President Trump that if Trump said “the sky is blue,” the Democrats would say “no, the sky is black.”

Federal district courts on the left-leaning west coast have blocked two of Trump’s executive orders. They are supported by a left-leaning Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco that is reversed 80 percent of the time. Let’s see what happens when these cases reach the U.S. Supreme Court.

If one goes looking for negative news, one can find it. By the same token, if you are looking for positive news, that can found also. Personally, I find the positive news leads to a more enjoyable life.

Phil Petersen