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Poll: Majority of GOP voters still favor Trump for 2024

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A new Politico-Morning Consult poll shows that, if the 2024 GOP presidential primaries were held today, a majority of Republican voters would choose former President Donald Trump as their party’s nominee.

The early poll was published three days after the Senate acquitted Trump on the single charge of inciting the January 6 Capitol insurrection in the most bipartisan impeachment trial vote, with 57 Republicans joining Democrats to convict the former president. If he had been convicted, Trump would have been barred from holding public office ever again.

According to the poll, 53% of Republican voters stated that they would vote for the former commander-in-chief which is more than all the other candidates’ support combined. In second place is former Vice President Mike Pence with 12%, and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley and Donald Trump Jr.—President Trump’s eldest son—tying each other for third with 6%.

There were some other GOP contenders in the poll but they all scored low. The GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee, current Utah Sen. Mitt Romney, who voted to convict Trump twice, received 4%. Below him is Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, who helped lead the effort to overturn the states’ Electoral College votes on January 6, got 3%. Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley, another senator who helped lead the effort, was grouped in with a list of names getting starkly lower than that.

While the poll found that 58% of Americans thought that Trump was right to be impeached, 51% said that they believed he should have been convicted. At the same time, 34% of Americans said that they approved of the former president, whereas 63% said that they disapproved of him.

On the other hand, President Joe Biden received a 62% approval rating of his job thus far, the poll says.

You can follow Douglas Braff on Twitter @Douglas_P_Braff.

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Shanghai: China’s Potemkin Village

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Following a recent outbreak of COVID-19, the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) has imposed a month-long draconian lockdown on the residents of Shanghai. The CCP has used the outbreak to persecute its own citizens, including through forced evictions and quarantines, and placing alarms on doors to prevent COVID-19 people from leaving their homes. The harsh measures have resulted in food and healthcare shortages and separation of families.

But of course, we wouldn’t know that by reading the CCP-run press readily available in the United States. Instead of presenting the facts, the CCP engages in a comprehensive propaganda campaign that props up Shanghai as a Chinese Potemkin village. The CCP media asserts that China’s actions in Shanghai are benevolent and wise, while Western criticism is a product of malice. Chinese state-run media also insists that the Shanghai lockdown promotes economic stability in China and the world.

Claim 1: China Has the Best Policy for Combating COVID-19

The CCP media portray the Shanghai lockdown as the best and ideal policy. As cited by a XinhuaNet editorial, “China’s dynamic zero-COVID approach” is “the best option to save lives,” according to a “Rwandan researcher and publisher,” “…a miracle for us to learn,” according to a Kenyan scholar, and “a very ideal response,” according to Ethiopia’s National COVID-19 Response Task Force Coordinator. According to CCP media, Chinese citizens have greeted the Shanghai lockdown warmly, even with “[a] mixed sense of intensity, unity and hopefulness,” according to China Daily.

Claim 2: The West Hypocritically Defames China

The CCP press also accuses the West of lying about the Shanghai lockdown, and using COVID policies for nefarious ends. According to XinhuaNet, “Shanghai…has never imposed what Western media described as a ‘lockdown.’” Other CCP editorials actually accuse the West of malice. One Global Times editorial claims that the lockdown “has been deliberately exaggerated by the West.” Another Global Times editorial asserts that the Western approach of “coexisting with the virus” amounts to a way “…to drive out a large number of the vulnerable people with low immunity,” and a form of “cruel social Darwinism.”

Claim 3: China’s COVID Policies Result in an Economic Windfall to China and the World

The CCP also portrays the lockdown as necessary to achieve great economic growth in China and beyond. One Global Times editorial, while conceding that the lockdown amounted to a “sealing-off,” it is “a temporary measure to better resume work and production and to make the economy and society function more effectively. Its effectiveness has been proven.” According to another Global Times editorial, China’s policy is “widely considered to be the best strategy…to both contain the epidemic and ensure stable economic development.”

In an Orwellian fashion, Chinese press claims that China is solving, not causing, the world’s economic problems. According to XinhuaNet, “China has played a decisive role in stabilizing the global economy and resuming the supply chain disrupted by COVID-19.” Citing a Bloomberg article, the same XinhuaNet editorial claims that China “has prevented a huge number of deaths at home and ensured that everything from iPhones and Teslas to fertilizer and car parts continues to flow to the rest of the world.” Chinese citizens, of course, are collateral damage: Ji Qiwei, vice-general manager of SAIC Motor Passenger Vehicle, stated that “The domestic market may be impacted a little by the COVID-19 outbreak this year, but our export market will continue to see strong growth,” according to China Daily.

While the world continues to suffer economic and human damage as a result of COVID-19, China continues to revise history regarding its role. Through its propaganda in its English publications of Xinhua, China Daily, and Global Times, China seeks to portray itself as a benevolent force in the fight against the virus.

You can follow Steve Postal on Twitter @HebraicMosaic

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