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(CNSNews.com) - "It's a heck of a turnaround," MSNBC's Joe Scarborough said at the start of "Morning Joe" on Thursday, as he cited President Donald Trump's rising poll numbers -- despite the government shutdown.
A Gallup poll conducted Feb. 1-10 shows Trump with 44 percent approval -- up from 37 percent in mid-January. "The latest increase in approval is mainly the result of political independents' improved opinions of Trump," Gallup noted.
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Scarborough blamed Democrat "overreach" for boosting Trump, and he urged Democrats to be guided by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who "knows how to beat Donald Trump."
“Democrats can't afford any more unforced errors,” Scarborough said, “because all they are doing is making the once unthinkable now possible and that is the election of Donald Trump in 2020. They've got to play smarter.”
Here are his comments in full:
Donald Trump obviously did well because he had a lot of the country's eyes and ears during the State of the Union Address, even though it was a rambling -- as the "The Wall Street Journal" said, sort of this jig-jag sort of thing -- but he had his closing argument. Just like in El Paso, he had a closing argument. And the closing argument was made up in large part of mistakes, unforced errors that the Democrats have already made.
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You can talk about the botched rollout for the Green New Deal, can you talk about the anti-Semitic statements that one member said; you can talk about what's going on in Virginia, the blackface controversies there; you can talk about the late-term abortion celebrations in the New York Legislature.
You can talk about a lot of these different things that, again, give Donald Trump a reason to say, don't look at the mistakes that I've made, look at these extremists. I'm here to protect you from the...
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