Melania Trump (right) and husband.
John Hawkins has a post that is sure to get a lot of readers today, and good for him: "The Chart That Proves Donald Trump Has No Chance In A General Election."
The chart shows that among the general public, more people have an unfavorable opinion about Trump (Hawkins says 58 percent) than favorable (33 percent). That's a negative 25.
"Whether Donald Trump wins the Republican primary or not, he’ll never be the President of the United States. Well, I shouldn’t say never. Hillary could go to jail, a meteor could strike, space aliens could show up — it’s probably wise to never say never. On the other hand, it’s also never a good idea to go into a presidential election needing a miracle to win," Hawkins wrote.
But why should we care about The Donald? Chris Cillizza of the Washington Post assured us on June 16, 2015, that Donald Trump had no chance of winning the Republican nomination, writing:
There's a tendency when someone like Donald Trump announces that he is running for president to view -- and analyze -- him through the same lens that we do for the other men and women actively seeking the presidency. What's his policy vision? Who's in his political inner circle? What would a Trump presidency look like?
Asking any of these questions gives Trump a benefit of the doubt that he simply doesn't deserve: That a path exists for him to be president.
It doesn't. Not even close.
Here's all you need to know about Trump's seriousness as a candidate, in one simple chart.
Among Republicans -- you know, the people who decide the identity of their party's presidential nominee -- Trump has a net negative 42 rating. As in 23 percent of Republicans had a favorable view of Trump while 65 percent(!) had an unfavorable one. Want even more? Compare the number of Republicans who feel strongly favorable to Trump (11 percent) to those who feel strongly unfavorable (43 percent). No one in the field is anywhere close to those numbers; New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is the only candidate other than Trump to have higher unfavorable than favorable ratings among his own party.One chart.
Well, now make that two.
Because in the intervening seven months, Trump's minus 42 among Republicans became a plus 27 among them, according to Gallup.