Being the President of the United States requires you to have a thick skin and the ability to take criticism. Clearly Donald Trump didn't get the memo, possibly because it wasn't in the form of a tweet — his preferred method of communication. And it turns out that not only does he have a happy trigger finger when it comes to firing off tweets, but he also has a happy trigger finger when it comes to blocking people on Twitter.
The most recent high-profile instance was that of author Stephen King.
He’s made it clear that he’s not a fan of Trump in more ways than one, so I’m actually kind of surprised that it took this long for Trump to take notice.
But he's also blocked other celebrities like Jimmy Kimmel, ordinary citizens, and a veterans' advocacy group.
Basically anyone who disagrees with him, which given his approval rating — which we’ll get to in a minute — that would be a majority of the country and/or the world.
With that said, it turns out that even facts are enough to set him off and get you blocked.
Just ask illustrator and photographer Rob Dobi, who sent Trump this message on Father's Day.
Is it a wee bit cutting? Yes, of course, given that it wasn’t a very “thoughtful” Father’s Day message.
Is it a fact? Yes, of course, given he has five kids with three different wives.
So naturally this happened.
Don’t like what you see?
MAKE IT GO AWAY.
Out of sight, out of mind, right?
Never mind that it might be unconstitutional.
Instead Trump took to Twitter on Sunday touting a poll that showed him with a 50% approval rating, which he said was higher than that of Obama.
Unfortunately for Trump, that’s not true.
The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking poll did show President Trump with a 50% approval rating on June 16 — the first time Trump had reached this high of an approval rating since April.
But on June 16, 2009, then-President Obama had a 56% approval rating under the same poll. And on June 18, 2009, Obama had a 55% approval rating.
According to Time, other polls show Trump with much lower approval ratings than all of his predecessors, not just Barack Obama.
Too bad he can’t block the polls.