Frank Luntz has been less than a cheerleader for President Trump. And at times you could say he was stacking the deck against the populist wave for him. But now things have changed. After the SOTU, Frank Luntz feels very differently about Trump. And he’s making an apology to him, in public:
Tonight, I owe Donald Trump an apology. Tonight, I was moved and inspired. Tonight, I have hope and faith in America again.
It may go away tomorrow…
But tonight, America is great again. #SOTU
— Frank Luntz (@FrankLuntz) January 31, 2018
The Washington Times has this amazing revelation:
Pollster Frank Luntz isn’t exactly known around political town as a fawning admirer of President Donald Trump. In fact, the two engaged in a somewhat nasty public spat in 2015, with the latter accusing the former of using his polling position to “shake him down” and derail his presidential aspirations.
But now, post-State of the Union, 2018? It’s a smiley new world.
From Luntz, on Twitter: “Tonight, I owe Donald Trump an apology. Tonight, I was moved and inspired. Tonight, I have hope and faith in America again. It may go away tomorrow. But tonight, America is great again. #SOTU.”
And he means it, too. Watch him go up against Mika and Joe. He adamantly defends the leftist attacks against him:
“Why is it that everything he says drives the left nuts?” Luntz said. “Just because Republicans criticized Barack Obama — we all agree that it went too much, it was hyper-partisanship. We have that right now from the Donald Trump speech, and that’s wrong.”
… “Many of the facts that you have even stated this morning repeating his facts are not accurate” Scarborough said. “Wage growth is about the same as it was for Barack Obama. The job growth, you actually have Barack Obama over seven years doing slightly better.”
Luntz said that was over a seven-year period, not just one year in office — but Scarborough interrupted.
“Hold on, stop — don’t change the subject, don’t change the subject,” Scarborough said.
“Let me correct you and correct the president, it does matter.”
“Why can’t people give him credit for what has happened?” Luntz said. “Why can’t they give him credit for as speech that people had a chance to see, if you’re a Democrat there’s something in there for you, if you’re a Republican there’s something there for you.”
This was all too much for Mika.
“I think because he’s literally screwed everybody in that room over a few times too many,” she said. “He’s been vulgar and racist and accused one of the senators in that room of giving sexual favors for money. He’s insulted the wife of a Republican senator in that room in the worst way possible.”
… “Your job, what you do, Frank, is you read rooms,” Brzezinski said. “You tell me what that room is supposed to respond like to the great dictator?”
It’s just going to get better from here, folks. Stay tuned.