Once Again Trump Tries to Brag About Polls That Prove How Terrible He Is

In Donald Trump’s corrupted view of “reality,” anything he feels he can twist into something positive to use to brag about himself is 100 percent valid and ignored by the media (which is why, according to him, you aren’t hearing about his delusions), while anything negative is nothing but “fake news.”

Of course, that’s completely ridiculous.

There’s perhaps no better example of this than Trump’s take on his approval polls.

Seeing as Trump’s an insecure egomaniac who’s completely obsessed with what people think of him, no “president” in history has been more obsessed with their polling numbers. Though in true Trump fashion, he only likes to talk about the numbers he deems “positive” while ignoring any negative information, often casting the same doubt on the validity of unfavorable polls as he usually does about any negative news he doesn’t want his supporters to believe.

Such as Sunday when he sent out this tweet:

For starters, comparing Obama’s numbers at the same point in his presidency to Trump’s isn’t fair because our 44th president took over a terrible economy in the midst of the worst recession since the Great Depression. While the economy had improved after Obama’s first year in office, it was still very weak and seeing as people had unrealistic expectations as to just how quickly he could fix things, his numbers suffered because of that.

Meanwhile, Trump inherited a strong, growing economy.

If the economic conditions were the same now as they were in 2010, Trump’s approval numbers would be in the low 30s, possibly even the 20s. The fact that he’s still struggling to say just above 40 despite an extremely healthy economy is proof of how terrible he is — yet he doesn’t seem to be able to mentally grasp that.

Furthermore, bragging about a 50 percent approval rating is just sad. It’s not a good thing that only 50 percent of Americans approve of the job a “president” is doing.

Though what’s even worse is that he had to lie about “Rasmussen and others” having him at around 50 percent.

Rasmussen, a right-leaning polling company, does a daily tracking poll and one time on February 26th it hit 50 percent. Its most recent numbers show Trump with a 45 percent approval rating.

As for the “others,” I have no idea which polls he’s referring to because, according to Real Clear Politics’ average of polls, based on numbers from 2/26-3/8, his average approval rating is just 41 percent.

I know this isn’t a reality Trump or his supporters want to believe, but that doesn’t change the fact that it is reality.

Trump’s numbers are historically low and have been for his entire “presidency.” Practically any other president presiding over similar economic numbers would almost certainly be looking at an approval rating in the mid to high 50s, with some probably reaching into the 60s. I feel that’s important to mention because it adds perspective to how terrible Trump has been.

Above all else, presidents are usually judged most positively and negatively based upon how the economy performed while they were in office. Yet despite a strong and growing economy, Trump’s so terrible at being “president” he’s likely a good 15-20 points lower than he would be if a competent person was living in the White House right now.

Either way, Trump can keep pulling one-day Rasmussen polling numbers from weeks ago and posting them as the truth as often as he wants and his supporters will believe him. That won’t change the fact that his actual approval numbers are awful and his “poll of polls” currently sits at a miserable 41 percent.

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Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.