It seemed pretty clear that Trump had to be losing support in September of 2017. "These are the supporters Trump is losing" CNN told us. Only a month later and "Rural voters are starting to turn on Trump." That one hurts, man. The rurals? Those are the sad people The New York Times keeps profiling in order to understand the Trump phenomenon! The ones with all the economic anxiety!
So was there any proof to back up all these claims of Trump losing support, or were they just digging through the trash of various homes, looking for discarded red hats?
They Kept Picking Through Data To Support What We Wanted To Hear
The reality is that the world is full of data, and if you go looking hard enough, you can find what you need to tell whatever story you want. In November 2017, The Independent ran "Donald Trump is losing his base support, new poll finds." So sure, there was a poll. The poll in question was a Lucid poll, which showed Trump losing three points over the previous week. Then it goes on to point out how a bunch of other polls don't agree. Science! Political science!
To celebrate 2018, Newsweek asked "Are Trump's biggest supporters turning on the President?" I don't want to spoil the end of this article, but what do you think the answer is? Write it on a Post-It, then we'll come back to it in a few minutes!
February 2018 saw The Atlantic telling us that "White Women in the Rustbelt are Turning on Trump." That shit sounds devastating. A month later, "Angry suburban voters, turning on Trump, endanger GOP grip on House." Holy balls, not the suburbans! They're right below the urbans and superurbans!
For the summer of 2018, the media was at least trying to explain what they'd been telling us for three years. "Here's why these workers who supported Trump are turning on him." This was essentially detailing how Trump promised prosperity, it never came, and people were pissed. But then we learned that "Haitian-American voters could turn on Trump," in a twist no one saw coming. This implied Haitian-Americans were actually supporting Trump during the seven months between the article claiming they'd turned on him and the time he called Haiti a shithole. Maybe they were just following the conservatives who turned on Trump in "Conservatives turn on Trump after Putin presser." (A Putin Presser is what they call it in Moscow when you get a handjob that ends with a poisoning.)
As late as August 2018, support kept collapsing, as "Wisconsin Elections Suggest Trump is Losing His Grip on the Rust Belt." Holy shit! At this point, new people are moving to the Rust Belt just so they can hate Trump.