Never one to remain quietly in the shadows, former President Donald Trump on Wednesday joined Fox News host Sean Hannity for a lengthy interview in which he offered his take on the prevailing political winds, suggesting that the Biden administration’s mishandling of everything from the border to the economy are causing him to become “very popular,” as Breitbart reports.
“If you look at the numbers, people are liking me now more than ever before. But I think that’s – the reason is, they’re watching what’s happening with our country,” Trump declared, adding, “They’re watching no energy independence. They’re watching the border.”
Indeed, as The Hill noted earlier this week, Biden’s approval rating has seen a drop of 6 points since reaching 54 % back in April, according to a Monmouth University poll. The decline even extended to Democrats, with support for Biden among that voting block decreasing by 9 points during the same time period.
Emphasizing growing frustration among the American electorate about the current president’s approach in a number of key policy areas, Trump continued, “Never has there been a scene like what’s happening at the border and the death that’s being caused. This isn’t just the border. This is death and criminals pouring into our country. They’re looking at the economy. They’re looking at inflation. They’re looking at interest rates. They’re looking at gasoline prices. And I guess it’s making me very popular.”
The former president delved into what he sees as the economic decline being driven by Biden administration policies, making unflattering comparisons to the 1970s and predicting, “By the way, now you are going to see very soon a big interest rate increase all of a sudden, which is step one.”
“I don’t know if you remember during the Carter administration where the prime rate went up to 21%. I was there. I was there. And you couldn’t get anything – the economy came to a halt,” Trump recalled, opining that the risk of economic calamity is being exacerbated by Biden policies that hinder the domestic energy industry.
Referencing Biden’s energy policies, Trump warned, “They will make Russia so rich because of what’s happening. When I left I was $1.87 a gallon for a gallon of gas, now it is over $3. It’s going up to $5, $6, or $7, mark my words, and that is bigger than a tax increase.”
Claiming a clear sense of vindication on the issue, Trump reminded viewers, “We are being led very, very stupidly, and I said this during the debates and people didn’t listen,” adding, “This is far worse than [Vermont Sen.] Bernie [Sanders] was ever going to be.”
Looking ahead to the future, Trump appears more than ready to capitalize on his renewed popularity, telling Hannity, “I’m working on ’22, getting a lot of good senators and a lot of good congresspeople elected. And then, we will be making a decision on 2024.”