Nineteen percent of US Twitter users follow President Donald Trump on the social platform, and a majority of those people approve of his job performance, a survey showed Monday.
The Pew Research Center report suggests Trump’s @realDonaldTrump account — with more than 60 million followers worldwide — has succeeded in developing an audience largely favorable to his comments, which often generate controversy.
The report is based on a survey of 2,388 US adults who use Twitter and gave Pew permission to review their personal public-facing accounts, between December 2018 and July 2019.
Roughly three in 10 Republican adult Twitter users follow Trump, compared with 13 percent of Democrats, Pew said.
Among users who follow Trump, 54 percent approved of his job performance as of late 2018, compared with 24 percent of users who don’t follow the president.
Despite the large following, Trump’s direct reach on Twitter is still limited, according to Pew: only 22 percent of all US adults use the service, its surveys found.
And Trump’s reach on Twitter remains below that of former president Barack Obama, who connects with 26 percent of the platform’s users, Pew researchers found.
The news comes with Trump drawing fire for a series of tweets interpreted as attacking four progressive Democratic congresswomen of color — calling on them to “go back” to their own countries, even though all are US citizens.
Trump’s comments were branded “racist” and “xenophobic” by Democratic presidential candidates and senior lawmakers.
GOP senator admits she’s hoping Trump’s Ukraine scheme successfully sinks Biden
In a press conference with reporters on Monday, Sen. Joni Ernst (R-IA) gave the game away by implying she hopes that President Donald Trump's scheme to dig up foreign dirt on former Vice President Joe Biden successfully sinks his candidacy and causes him to lose the Democratic caucuses in her state.
"Iowa caucuses are this next Monday evening. And I'm really interested to see how this discussion today informs and influences the Iowa caucus voters, those Democratic caucus goers. Will they be supporting Vice President Biden at this point?"
The remarks came after White House lawyers spent hours trying to change the subject from Trump's attempts to extort the president of Ukraine with military aid, to the conspiracy theory surrounding Biden's son's work in Ukraine that he had been demanding they pursue.
Republicans defended ‘a vile scoundrel’ who is ‘racist’ and ‘a petty tyrant’ — and it wasn’t Donald Trump
President Donald Trump's defense attorneys were blasted for their defense of a different president on Tuesday.
"I mean, of course Trump's lawyers are defending Andrew Johnson. Of course," noted MSNBC anchor Chris Hayes.
"Johnson was a vile scoundrel and a drunk and a racist and a petty tyrant whose presidency brought blood and shame upon this nation," Hayes continued. "That's the kindest characterization I could muster."
The host linked to a 2019 piece on Johnson that he wrote for The New York Times as a book review of "The Trial of Andrew Johnson and the Dream of a Just Nation by Brenda Wineapple.
Trump lawyer cites former GOP senator to discredit impeachment — but leaves out he supports convicting the president
During the Senate impeachment trial on Monday, White House lawyer Robert Ray attempted to contrast the impeachment of President Donald Trump with that of President Richard Nixon, by arguing that unlike in the former case, Republicans came together with Democrats to call for removing Nixon. As part of the comparison, he brought up then-Rep. William Cohen, who went on to become a U.S. senator from Maine and Secretary of Defense for President Bill Clinton.
"Together these six Republicans made history," said Ray. "They did so with no sense of triumph and no fist bumps."
What Ray chose not to mention, however, is that Cohen has specifically weighed in on the Trump case, and said that he should be impeached and removed over the Ukraine scheme.