I have never had any real fascination about the Watergate scandal or even Richard Nixon for that matter. I remember very little about Nixon, Watergate, or 1974 but cut me some slack, I was just 13 years old. I have read G. Gordon Liddy’s book Will, and I saw the movie, All the President’s Men. I would guess over the course of the last 40 years I have read some magazine articles and seen a few television programs about Watergate, but other than that, most of what I know I picked up through the osmosis of being an American living in the media age.
When Richard Nixon resigned as President of the United States his approval rating was 25%. Given all the crimes he committed, planned, and approved it is hard to imagine that 25% of American’s still supported him as he and his family boarded that helicopter on the White House lawn and left Washington in disgrace, but they did.
Trump’s approval rating, after one year in office, has remained around 36%, lower than any other elected president’s first-year average (since 1945) and just eleven points above Richard Nixon’s 25%, the day he walked out the door of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue and into infamy. Trump started his term with an approval rating of 45%, bottoming out at 35% several times during the year.
What I am wondering out loud is this, if Special Counsel Robert Mueller concludes, unequivocally, that Trump was a party to collusion with the Russians efforts to tamper with the 2016 Presidential election, and that he attempted to obstruct justice how many of those 36% will stick with him? Are there still people on the fence about Trump, people who would jump off the Trump Train if he is charged with a crime, or crimes or is 35-36% the bottom of the barrel?
So my question is, will Trump’s approval rating drop below 35% if Mueller has the goods on him or is 35% the die-hard’s, the ones that will never leave him, even if he decided to stand in “the middle of 5th Avenue and shoot somebody”? Yea, he said that. What do you think?