Even before he was sworn in, Donald Trump was already heading into office as one of the biggest losers and weakest “presidents” in U.S. history. Because of our outdated electoral college, this nation swore someone into office who received 3 million fewer votes than his closest opponent, and whom 54 percent of voters actually rejected. His “victory” is why many folks like myself have argued the electoral college needs to be eliminated. It’s not a good situation for any country to have in place a system that allows a candidate who most of that nation’s citizens voted against to “win” an election.
All that being said, unfortunately, Trump “won.” Whether any of us like it or not, no matter how absurd we think the electoral college is, he was “elected” the way we “elect” our presidents: By placing more emphasis on geography than votes.
Needless to say, Trump’s short time in office has been a raging dumpster fire. It’s an every single day grind keeping up with the national embarrassment known as the Trump administration. From a growing list of scandals, to a “Commander-in-Chief” who peddles outrageous conspiracies, we’re witnessing what happens when some of the most ignorant people in our country get exactly the type of person they want in the White House.
Despite the fact that Trump and most of his supporters continue to live in a reality that doesn’t exist, their warped view of the world doesn’t change what is or isn’t factual. As I’ve said plenty of times before, the great thing about reality is that it’s real whether or not Trump supporters want to admit it exists.
For instance, a reality that occurred on Monday where Trump reached an embarrassing level of futility that neither Barack Obama nor Bill Clinton ever “achieved” at any point during their presidencies — a 36 percent approval rating from Gallup.
Think about that for a moment. In two-terms in office (each), neither Obama nor Clinton saw their approval rating sink as low as Trump’s currently is. And let’s not forget the fact that Clinton was actually impeached! Still, even at their lowest points as presidents, neither man’s approval rating ever sunk this low.
I think it’s also important to point out that Trump’s reached this abysmal level of “approval” during a time when most presidents are still riding high from their recent inauguration. If anything, his approval number should be somewhat artificially inflated considering he’s still in his “first 100 days.” That means it’s very possible that his approval number would be much lower than 36 percent if you remove some of the people who are still stuck on the “we need to give him a chance” nonsense. From what I’ve seen, there’s still a sizable number of people who feel that way. So while his official Gallup number is 36 percent, just remember that could be slightly inflated considering how close we still are to his first day in office.
This is a true testament to how much of a train wreck his time in office has been. Even with the low expectations I had for him, he’s managed to be worse than I thought he’d be and his administration’s implosion has happened much sooner than I thought it would.
There could still be plenty of “peaks and valleys” for his approval numbers throughout Donald Trump’s time in office, but one thing that he can never deny is that, at least for this moment, he’s reached a humiliating level of futility in less than 100 days in office that neither Barack Obama nor Bill Clinton “achieved” at any point during their combined 16 years as president.
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