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National View Column: Despite what's being reported, Trump's economic achievements hard to deny

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It’s not looking good for Democrats. President Donald Trump now has a net-positive approval rating, and he's gaining support among the very groups Democrats are counting on in 2020, including minorities, young people, and urban voters.

According to a recent Zogby Analytics poll, Trump’s overall approval rating has climbed to 51 percent, tying his highest approval ever recorded by the survey. Unsurprisingly, the poll found that an overwhelming 86 percent of Republicans support the president, a clear sign his base remains as united as ever. But it also revealed he’s making inroads among voters who traditionally have been more ambivalent toward him.

Worryingly for the Democrats, Trump’s recent surge in support is driven in part by support from minority voters — an impressive 49% of Hispanics and 28% of African Americans approve of President Trump’s job performance. Even Joe Biden’s wife admitted voters would have to “swallow hard” to vote for her husband. What a ringing endorsement from his own wife.

“This was his second straight poll with over a quarter support from African Americans,” pollster Jonathan Zogby said in a recent Washington Examiner interview. “If Trump wins half of Hispanics and a quarter of African Americans in 2020, Democrats will be in trouble.”

The Zogby poll also showed Trump’s approval rating rising among both young and urban voters — yet another bothersome trend for the already-desperate Democrats, who used to be able to take the votes of both groups for granted.

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Of course, President Trump’s surging approval rating should hardly come as a surprise. His policies have rebuilt the U.S. economy, unleashing a wave of prosperity that is improving the lives of all Americans. In fact, thanks to President Trump’s elimination of job-killing regulations and his signature middle-class tax cuts, the jobless rate of almost every demographic group is at or near a record low, as MarketWatch reported in October.

In July, a record nearly 19.5 million African Americans were employed across the country, the highest black employment level ever recorded by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Hispanics, too, have seen their unemployment rate plummet to a record-low 4.2%, as CNS News reported in May.

America’s ongoing economic vitality is the Achilles heel of the Democratic Party — which is precisely why the Democrat-media complex is so eager to downplay the positive impact of President Trump’s policies.

The president’s critics are even attempting to scare voters into believing the economy is on the brink of a recession, despite many reliable economic indicators suggesting the opposite. Politico, for instance, reported that “a recession could arrive by next year,” noting with poorly disguised glee that this would jeopardize Trump’s reelection prospects in 2020.

Politico wasn’t alone. Journalists and pundits from many mainstream news organizations, including CNN and the Washington Post, also insisted the Trump economy soon would be in freefall, as did Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren.

But the American people are not as dumb as the Democrats and the media might think. We’ve been hearing the same unfounded lies and baseless economic prognostications since Trump first took office. Yet now we’re in the midst of an era of historic prosperity. Some polls even show Americans now consider the political news media about as trustworthy as Wikipedia, which is to say, not trustworthy at all.

“Despite all of the Fake News, my Poll Numbers are great,” the President tweeted recently. “New internal polls show them to be the strongest we’ve had so far! Think what they’d be if I got fair media coverage!”

President Trump is right, and his political opponents should be terrified. Even the most relentless Democratic disinformation campaign can’t stop the American people from recognizing Trump’s remarkable economic achievements — and that alone will be enough to carry him to victory in the next presidential election.

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Mike Huckabee was the 44th governor of Arkansas and a 2016 Republican candidate for president. He currently hosts "Huckabee" on TBN. He wrote this for the News Tribune.

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