Trump Confesses What Really 'Bothers' Him: No Surprise Here!

Trump challenges negative perceptions at Pennsylvania rally.

by Nouman Rasool
Trump Confesses What Really 'Bothers' Him: No Surprise Here!
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Speaking at a rowdy rally in Schnecksville, Pennsylvania, the former President Donald Trump one day weighed into his popularity—or that of any other American leader. During his presidential campaign, it was Trump who made jest of those claims about his and President Joe Biden's supposed popularity among the voters.

"Here’s what bothers me," Trump announced from the podium, his voice carrying over the assembled crowd. "Everywhere I look, it's 'Joe Biden and Donald Trump, the two candidates. They are both unpopular people.' I’m not unpopular!

You know? He is unpopular."

Trump Refutes Unpopularity

Trump's insistence on distinguishing his popularity from Biden’s reflected a defiant stance against recent polling data. "He is unpopular. But I am not unpopular," he reiterated, emphasizing his support within the Republican Party.

"With 95% of the Republican Party backing me, and many Democrats ready to cross over, they recognize the stakes. They’re against open borders and uncontrolled substance distribution. They don’t want that for their future." As a matter of fact, the polls ahead of the presidential election this year had indicated that, on average, most of the electorate had a generally unfavorable view of both the presidential candidates.

Gleaned from the FiveThirtyEight data, Trump is at 53% unfavorable, while marginally better is Biden, at 55% unfavorability. The discontent is spreading pretty well across the political spectrum, which makes the electorate view these elections as marking, at best, only the second time since 1980 that most voters see both presidential candidates negatively.

The previous occasion was during 2016. And, in the meantime, Trump—who infamously lost the popular vote in both of his failed election bids in 2016 and 2020—awaits a number of other, ongoing, major legal troubles.

The hush-money case is going to trial, with jury selection set to begin next week, the first of four criminal indictments against him that will go forward. The developments would further heat up the political landscape, leaving the voters to again think about their choice in view of their deep-seated ambivalence toward the direction of the leaders taking the country.

This seems another turning-point election cycle in the country's politics, one in which constituents have to measure not just popularity but the policies and integrity of their candidates.