It’s been a tough couple of weeks for President Stable Genius. His associates are dropping like flies in the ongoing Russia investigation, Republican members of Congress are retiring – even committee chairs, and he just found out that Mueller is looking into his favorite child’s contact with a Kremlin lawyer who’s already confirmed there was contact.
And to top it all off, there was The Book. You know, the one nobody can stop talking about, the biggest seller of the year so far. The one that details what life is like inside Trump’s White House.
But if I were Donald, despite all of this terrible news, I wouldn’t worry so much about all of that in the near term. There’s nothing he can do about any of it, so why get preoccupied? No, the thing that would keep me awake at night is this new approval rating poll that just came out.
There’s nothing that Trump needs more – and this is a matter of historical record, throughout his life – than admiration, even adoration. He could live on good television ratings for weeks without sinking his teeth into so much as a single Big Mac.
And right now, he’s going hungry.
According to a new Gallup poll, the president’s approval ratings have slipped down to 37 percent since December, possibly a reflection of how crazy he’s looked on Twitter over the last few weeks. Now, normally, that might not even be newsworthy; we’ve all seen this before, we know he’s just not popular except outside his base.
But this number paints a bigger picture than a single poll can reflect: It is the lowest number any president has ever had going into their second year in office, and second place is not even close. Even Barack Obama, whose approval rating always had to be taken with a grain of salt, was a full 12 points ahead of Trump at this point in his presidency. Ronald Reagan, who Trump has taken to comparing himself to lately, was at 48 percent in January of 1982.
What could Trump do to stabilize his tarnished image? Probably nothing.
Resigning would be a good start.
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