For Donald Trump, approval means everything. He’s easily manipulated when his ego is stroked, and when people don’t like him, he’ll either lie to himself and pretend that they do, or rationalize some reason that it’s not his fault that they don’t like him. If he wasn’t in the White House, it would be almost sad. Instead, it’s infuriating.
Today, Trump exuberantly tweeted a poll that shows his approval rating at 46 percent. Rasmussen, the most conservatively biased pollster, also has his disapproval at 53 percent – meaning that Trump will take whatever he can get at this point. The poll shows just 29 percent of likely voters strongly approve of Trump, whereas 44 percent strongly disapprove.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 28, 2017
This is a six point increase from the recent low of 40 percent according to the Rasmussen poll.
For a more realistic and historically accurate sense of where the American public is at, you can head over to Gallup. According to Gallup’s daily approval rating tracker, Trump’s current disapproval rate is 56 percent, with just 38 percent approving of the job Trump is doing in the White House. Of course, for Donald Trump, only the most favorable result is real. If Gallup’s poll was higher tomorrow, Rasmussen would be fake news.
The replies on his tweet range from hilarious to delusional:
Oh, so now you believe in polls? Awesome!! Here's one for you; https://t.co/NU574C59gu
— Aron Eisenberg (@AronEisenberg) December 29, 2017
The fact that Trump is posting a celebratory tweet when he’s at 46 percent approval shows how little he actually thinks of the American people. He thinks that his base plus a little more is a victory – he is a Republican president, not an American one. There’s also the fact that Rasmussen’s poll is historically biased toward conservatives to a huge degree.
In fact, before conservative politicians and politicos went out of their way to legitimize the largely inaccurate pollster as a reputable source, Rasmussen was generally ignored by the press. It’s only covered because conservatives refuse to acknowledge information that doesn’t conform to the fantasy they’ve replaced reality with.
So when even the fantasy is bad news, and Trump is bragging about that bad news, it’s very telling. With Mueller breathing down his neck and an American public that’s beyond sick of him, the only thing left he has to be positive about is the Republican Senate and House that are still running interference for him.
Republicans are hoping that passing their disaster of a tax plan will give them something to campaign on in 2018, because if the current trend continues, the House of Representatives will almost certainly flip to the Democratic Party – and the Senate has a fair shot of flipping as well. If that happens, it’s almost certain that Trump will be held accountable for his lawless behavior, corruption, and abuse of authority, resulting in impeachment.
The fact is that Trump knows that the next couple years are not looking good for him. Chances are there’s not a lot he has to look forward to. When you really think about it, most people in Trump’s position would probably fantasize about having poll numbers at 46 percent.
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