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Sen. Josh Hawley

Screenshot from Josh Hawley's Twitter, Fox News clip.

Things have gone from "bad to worse" for Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO), whose devotion to President Trump wavered not at all after the deadly Capitol riot that the president incited last week, according to an analysis from The Washington Post.. But then Hawley incited the violent mob, too.

Along with Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and a handful of other Senate Republicans, Hawley voted against certifying the electoral votes that officially confirmed Joe Biden as the next President of the United States. At the time, Hawley's backing of the now twice-impeached president was seen as a sound political move for the little known freshman who is trying to pose as a serious 2024 presidential candidate. But now that Hawley has encountered a chorus of demands that he be removed from office, according to the Post, his ambitious plan appears to be sinking under .its own weight.

"Two new polls bolster that what may have seemed at the time like a sound political move — however craven — has earned Hawley few friends and many more enemies," explained the Post's Aaron Blake.

Though backing Trump was supposed to give Hawley a national profile, a new Economist/YouGov poll shows that he is still relatively unknown among American voters. "Hawley is still unfamiliar to many Americans, but among those who do have an opinion of him, it's 2-to-1 negative," noted Blake. "Thirty-five percent view him unfavorably, compared with 17 percent favorably."

According to the Post, an Ipsos poll commissioned by Axios revealed similar unflattering results.

"When people were asked whether they approved of the "recent behavior" of Hawley and other political figures, 68 percent disapproved, while just 24 percent approved," Blake wrote. "The Ipsos poll, in fact, shows that even Republicans are about evenly split on Hawley's recent behavior, with 49 percent disapproving and 46 percent approving."

Blake also points out that:

The YouGov poll is somewhat better for him, with 30 percent of Republicans having a favorable opinion of him and 16 percent having an unfavorable one.

But even in that survey, he doesn't seem to have won over many people. Just 21 percent of Republicans have a "very favorable" opinion of him. He seems to have done much more to alienate the other side, with 54 percent of Democrats having a "very unfavorable" opinion of him.

Hawley defying his oath of office by trying to undermine our democratic process has hurt him in more than just polls.

"Many Senators now despise him, the public saw a craven opportunist giving the mob a clenched-fist salute, his top sponsor [former Senator] Jack Danforth denounced him & a publisher canceled his book," tweeted Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia's Center for Politics.

On Saturday, Loews Hotels canceled a planned Hawley fundraiser at its Portofino Bay Hotel at Universal Orlando, reported the Orlando Sentinel.

"We are horrified and opposed to the events at the Capitol and all who supported and incited the actions," Loews said in a statement on Twitter. "In light of those events and for the safety of our guests and team members, we have informed the host of the Feb. fundraiser that it will no longer be held at Loews Hotels."

Back in Hawley's home state, The Kansas City Star also called for the Senator to be removed from office in a powerful rebuke of his misconduct:

No one other than President Donald Trump himself is more responsible for Wednesday's coup attempt at the U.S. Capitol than one Joshua David Hawley, the 41-year-old junior senator from Missouri, who put out a fundraising appeal while the siege was underway.

This, Sen. Hawley, is what law-breaking and destruction look like. This is not a protest, but a riot. One woman who was apparently part of the pro-Trump mob was fatally shot by Capitol Police as lawmakers took cover. Some of those whose actions Trump encouraged and later condoned brought along their Confederate flags.

And no longer can it be asked, as George Will did recently of Hawley, "Has there ever been such a high ratio of ambition to accomplishment?" Hawley's actions in the last week had such impact that he deserves an impressive share of the blame for the blood that's been shed.

And there was yet more ominous news for Hawley from the nation's most ferocious Never Trump outfit. Now that the president is almost departed, the Lincoln Project has labeled Hawley as its "public enemy No. 1," according to a tweet from Kyle Griffin, senior producer of MSNBC'S The Last Word with Lawrence O'Donnell.


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Trump Approval Rating Crashes As Biden Soars

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

President Donald Trump has often touted poll results that highlight his approval ratings among conservative voters but now, in the final days of his presidency, there is very little to brag about based on the latest poll results.

According to Pew Research, President-elect Joe Biden is entering his presidency on a favorable note with an approval rating of 64 percent, while Trump concludes his term down in the dumps. The pollster reports that Trump has his "lowest job approval rating" of just 29 percent. The lame-duck president's ratings have consistently declined since the election:

Donald Trump is leaving the White House with the lowest job approval of his presidency (29 percent) and increasingly negative ratings for his post-election conduct. The share of voters who rate Trump's conduct since the election as only fair or poor has risen from 68 percent in November to 76 percent, with virtually all of the increase coming in his "poor" ratings (62 percent now, 54 percent then).

FiveThirtyEight also offered a collective report that lays out the overall drop in Trump's approval rating by aggregating a series of polls. With poll results from various surveys and reports, Trump is facing a sharp downward trajectory in popularity across the board. While the data showed the president with a high watermark of 44.8 percent around Election Day, that has fallen more than six points to 38.1 percent on Friday.


Pew's data has Trump's approval rating at its lowest point of all the recent polls. But several recent surveys show his popularity dropping precipitously. Ipsos and Morning Consult both published polls finding him at 34 percent; ABC News found his approval at the higher, though still dreary, 38 percent. Nevertheless, some typically Trump-friendly polls still find middling results for the president, such as Rasmussen Reports's survey indicating his approval is at 48 percent. Overall though, the trend is clearly abruptly negative, as the chart from FiveThirtyEight shows.

Although the U.S. Capitol riots suggest the president still has strong approval among his most fervent fans, many of his supporters have become more critical of his post-election antics.

The Pew Research Center survey was conducted during the week of Jan. 8-12 just days after the riots that erupted on Capitol Hill. A total of 5,360 U.S. adults, including more than 4,000 who also voted in the 2020 general election, participated in the survey.

The results indicate that among the general public, "about two-thirds (68 percent) say Trump should not continue to be a major national political figure for many years to come; just 29 percent say he should remain a major figure in U.S. politics."

The Pew Research Center's survey results come just days after Trump was impeached by House Democrats for the second time during his one-term presidency. Trump was accused by the House of Representatives of inciting an insurrection. Even 10 Republican members voted to impeach. His Senate trial isn't expected to be held until he is out of office.

While the survey indicates that "about half of Republicans and Republican-leaning independents (52 percent)" believe the president does bear some responsibility for the civil unrest at the Capitol, 79 percent do not believe his remarks merit impeachment.

Democratic voters hold a completely different stance. A total of 95 percent of those voters believe Trump does bear some of the responsibility for the riots. And 83 percent are in favor of the president being removed from office.