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Trump is simply not presidential material. At least, that’s what a majority of Americans believe, according to a new Gallup poll released Tuesday.

The survey says 58 percent of Americans don’t think Trump has the “personality and leadership qualities a president should have.”

That’s far higher than the results for former Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush. According to Gallup, 40 percent of Americans didn’t believe Obama had the qualities to be president, while 35 percent of Americans didn’t believe Bush had the qualities to be commander in chief.

Gallup said that Trump’s character is one of his biggest weaknesses heading into the 2020 reelection campaign and that a focus on his personal qualities would hinder his chances at winning a second term.

“Democrats can enhance their odds of beating Trump in 2020 by nominating a candidate who is perceived as having a strong character,” Gallup wrote in an analysis of their poll.

So far, Trump has paid hush money to porn actresses that he had affairs with, stands accused of obstruction of justice in special counsel Robert Mueller’s report, sides with murderous dictators over American citizens, and whines and complains better than a misbehaved toddler.

That gives Democrats a lot of material to work with on the campaign trail.

Published with permission of The American Independent.

 

Blake Neff

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Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters

On July 10, CNN's Oliver Darcy reported that Blake Neff, the top writer for Tucker Carlson's prime-time Fox News show, had been anonymously posting racist, misogynistic, homophobic, and other offensive content on an online forum for five years. Neff used racist and homophobic slurs, referred to women in a derogatory manner, and pushed white supremacist content while writing for Carlson's show. Neff resigned after CNN contacted him for comment.

As Darcy reported, in an interview with the Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Neff claimed anything Carlson read during his show was initially drafted by him. Darcy also found instances where there was "some overlap between the forum and the show," as sometimes the "material Neff encountered on the forum found its way on to Carlson's show."

During a 2018 appearance on Fox's The Five to promote his book Ship of Fools, Carlson mentioned Neff by name, calling him a "wonderful writer." Carlson also included Neff in the acknowledgments of the book.


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Before joining Fox News, Neff worked at The Daily Caller, a conservative news outlet that Carlson co-founded. The outlet has published a number of white supremacists, anti-Semites, and bigots.


Carlson has a long history of promoting white supremacist content on his show. His show has featured many guests who have connections to white supremacy and far-right extremism. Carlson has regularly been praised by Neo-Nazis and various far-right extremist figures, and he's been a hero on many white supremacist podcasts. Users of the extremist online message boards 4chan and 8chan have repeatedly praised Carlson.

The manifesto released by the gunman who killed 20 people in El Paso, Texas, in 2019 was strewn with content that echoed talking points from Carlson's show. Days after the shooting, Carlson declared that calling white supremacy a serious issue is a "hoax" as it is "actually not a real problem in America."

Carlson has been hemorrhaging advertisers following his racist coverage of the Black Lives Matters movement and the recent protests against police brutality. Now that we know his top writer was using content from white supremacist online message boards for Carlson's show, it is more imperative than ever that advertisers distance their brands away from this toxicity.