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Former House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has been derided by many as a RINO (Republican in Name Only), said he was tricked by what he believed President Joe Biden would be.
He spoke on the CNBC show “Squawk Box” and said that he and voters thought Biden was going to be a ”centrist” and a “common ground guy” but said, “that’s not what he was.” He said he was furious that Biden “gave the keys” to the left, Breitbart reported.
“[L]ook, Joe Biden and I have been friends for years,” he said. “I think people thought they were going to get a centrist in office, you know, a common ground guy. That’s not what he was. He gave the keys to the left, the progressives. They steered the country far-left. They tried to go so far left on so many issues, and they didn’t have the majorities to do that. That’s what always confounded me — is they acted as they had these massive majorities with these leftwing ideas.”
He said, “Tax reform, it works. These policies work, so that’s the thing that I’m excited about. We actually put a lot of good policies in place that have proven to work. I mean, who expected a global pandemic?”
The former Speaker said that he believes Republicans will win the House in November and,
While President Joe Biden’s approval ratings have been declining for a year, they have now reached a historic new low.
According to the daily polling average from FiveThirtyEight, just 41 percent of Americans approved of the job Biden is doing on Monday, his 489th day in office, while an eye-opening 54.6 percent disapproved.
That is the lowest approval rating for a president at this point in his term since the Second World War.
FiveThirtyEight went on to describe the impact and importance of approval ratings in January 2021, shortly after Biden took office:
If it’s possible, to sum up a presidency in a single number, that number would be the president’s approval rating — or the share of Americans who approve of the job he’s doing. Arguably, that simple percentage can determine the fate of an entire presidency.
For instance, a high approval rating can marshal support for a president’s agenda and minimize his party’s losses in the midterm elections — not to mention help the president himself win reelection. But a low approval rating can be electoral poison and imply that a president has lost the mandate to govern entirely.
At that time, Biden enjoyed a 53.9 percent approval versus a 35.1 percent disapproval rating.
At this time in George W. Bush’s presidency, his approval was soaring: 72 percent, as the country rallied around him following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
“Dwight Eisenhower, John Kennedy, Lyndon Johnson, and George H.W. Bush also enjoyed approval ratings of more than 60 percent at this point of their presidencies,” the Western Journal reported.
“On the other end of the spectrum, both Jimmy Carter, who presided over a devastating energy crisis, and Harry Truman, who was grappling with a railroad strike, had approval ratings of 43.1 percent on day 489 — still higher than Biden’s,” the report continued.
In addition, former President Donald Trump, who faced relentless negative media coverage throughout his presidency, had a better approval rating than Biden — 42.2 percent — at the same time in his presidency.
There are several explanations for Biden’s dismal ratings, however.
His approval really began to tank following the deadly, disastrous pullout from Afghanistan in late August.
Images of Afghans clinging to C-17 transport planes — with some falling out of the sky after having grabbed ahold of the aircraft’s landing gear — were broadcast all over the world and on most news outlets in the U.S. In addition, 13 U.S. service members, including 11 Marines, two U.S. Army soldiers, and a Navy corpsman, were killed along with some 160 Afghans by a suicide bomber just a few days before the official pullout.
Then, the Biden administration compounded the negative outcome by killing an Afghan family in a subsequent drone strike after targeting the wrong man thought to be responsible for planning the suicide bombing.
Since then, Biden has presided over rising prices for nearly everything: Home prices have skyrocketed along with gasoline, diesel, natural gas, food, home building supplies, and other commodities.