Anyone who knows anything about Donald Trump is likely well aware of his childish, petty obsession with Barack Obama. I’ve gone on record as saying that I believe one of his primary goals as “president” is to try to undo and oppose anything and everything Obama did, not because he necessarily disagrees with some of these policies, but simply because Obama supported them. His neurotic obsession with the former president is so intense that I really do think that he bases a lot of his decisions upon the notion of, “If Obama supported it, I’m against it.”
Look at how ridiculous he was when it came to the size of his inauguration crowd. Even though there’s indisputable photographic evidence proving Obama’s crowd was much larger, Trump and members of his administration repeatedly pushed the lie that, not only did more people show up to his inauguration, but it was the largest crowd to attend a swearing in of a president — ever.
Another example of Trump’s obsession with Obama was put on display Sunday when he tweeted about a Rasmussen poll showing him with a 50 percent approval rating:
The new Rasmussen Poll, one of the most accurate in the 2016 Election, just out with a Trump 50% Approval Rating.That's higher than O's #'s!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2017
First I’d like to point out the obvious fact that a “president” this early on into an administration having to brag about a 50 percent approval rating is a testament to how much of a disaster their time in office has been. Especially when you’re a Republican and it’s a poll from Rasmussen, a company that’s notorious for being much more favorable to the right.
Furthermore, aside from it being factual that the Rasmussen poll has him at a 50 percent approval rating, almost nothing else about this tweet is actually true.
For starters, Rasmussen wasn’t any more or less accurate than any of the other polling companies during the 2016 election. Their final poll showed Hillary Clinton winning by two points, 45 percent to 43 percent.
While it’s true Trump won the electoral college victory, most polls — even Rasmussen’s — accurately predicted Clinton would win the overall vote, which she won by 2 percent and nearly 3 million votes. So, like pretty much every other poll conducted just before Election Day, Rasmussen’s predicted that Clinton would win the overall vote (which is really what those national polls surveyed, not the electoral college) — which she did.
Now, onto this nonsense about this 50 percent approval rating being higher than Obama’s rating. There’s not a single way to spin that claim to make it even remotely factual.
The last Rasmussen poll done at the end of Obama’s presidency showed him with a 62 percent approval rating, 12 points higher than Trump’s current numbers.
So, that’s wrong.
Well, maybe Trump was referring to “at the same time in his presidency.” He didn’t specify, but let’s give him the benefit of the doubt and assume that’s what he meant.
Nope, still not true.
At this point in Obama’s presidency, Rasmussen had his approval rating at 55 percent, 5 points higher than Trump.
Keep in mind that in June 2009, the economy was still really weak, unemployment was climbing, and we were still shedding tens of thousands of jobs every month. That’s a 55 percent approval rating from a right-wing polling company during harsh economic times vs. a 50 percent approval rating with an economy creating hundreds of thousands of jobs and an unemployment rate at 4.3 percent.
That’s why I’ve said before that Trump’s abysmal approval numbers are even worse than they seem. He’s benefiting from a strong economy he had nothing to do with. If the economy turns south, even a little, his numbers are going to plummet even more — fast.
Furthermore, Rasmussen’s 50 percent rating is an outlier. No other poll has Trump’s approval rating that high. Here are the current results from several:
- Gallup: 39%
- Reuters/Ipsos: 40%
- CNBC: 37%
- PPP: 41%
But this is a perfect example showing how obsessed Trump is with Obama. It’s pathetic enough that after a few months in office he’s been reduced to bragging about one outlier poll from a conservative-leaning polling agency that only shows him with a 50 percent approval rating. However, then when you factor in his lie about his current number being “higher than Obama’s,” that’s a clear indication of how much of a jealous obsession he has with his predecessor.
For the record, he sent this tweet out at six in the morning. Trump’s so insecure that one of the first things he apparently does in the morning is check his current approval rating.
What. A. Loser.
It really is sad to realize how insecure and petty someone like Donald Trump is. His existence must be miserable. To have such a fragile ego that he obsesses about things as much as he does is just — sad. Especially when you know, deep down, he knows he’ll never be as admired or respected as Barack Obama.