Obviously it's too late to take back what they've already done, but the GOP can still step back from the brink of the abyss. Because they're playing with fire.
Last night commenter Ray So-Cal cited a story at Newsmax claiming that Trump's polling since Wednesday is actually looking quite good. This morning Thomas Lifson confirms that report with details: Stunning Rasmussen poll shows rising approval of Trump in the wake of the Capitol incursion.
Here's the money quote from Rasmussen:
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll, Sponsored by SLANTED from Sharyl Attkisson, for Friday shows that 48% of Likely U.S. Voters approve of President Trump’s job performance. Fifty percent (50%) disapprove.
The latest figures include 35% who Strongly Approve of the job Trump is doing and 42% who Strongly Disapprove. This gives him a Presidential Approval Index rating of -7. (see trends)
This survey includes the first full night of polling following the events on Wednesday in Washington, DC.
The messaging of the MSM and Big Tech may not be all it's cracked up to be. Or perhaps they'll have to work much harder than they ever imagined to overcome what may be behind these numbers--not only a very strong base of support for Trump's agenda but also a visceral distrust for the Imperial City on the Potomac, and all its works. Bear in mind, these numbers were produced at the height of the Establishment outcry against Trump's supposed 'insurrection'.
With any luck, Trump will indeed get into the social media field, as has been rumored. There would appear to be a vast market awaiting such an initiative.
UPDATE: In a totally related development, Monica Showalter has smartly noted that Twitter's banning of Trump has backfired big time. That is, if Twitter is actually running a business. Here's the graph that Showalter provides, along with commentary:
I'm not a stock trader, but based on the figures cited, this doesn't look like an auspicious picture for the Twitter stock. Multiple factors included, it might still be a star performer, but it clearly has some weakness.
And amazingly, it was a self-inflicted wound, given that Twitter banned Trump on its own volition, chasing more users out. Smart companies don't alienate and lose customers. Memo to Twitter: Remember MySpace.
Just more evidence that the Left is out of touch. Again, Trump may well see a business opportunity in this.