Early in the morning on Friday, Trump blasted off this crazy babbling tweet:
In it, he cites his favorite television program, Fox and Friends, which had just claimed that Trump’s current approval rating is 46 percent, a mere one point off from Obama’s approval rating in his first year.
The really crazy thing is that for a birther who claims to despise Obama, he really wants to be just like him.
Of course, the vast majority of Twitter commenters didn't exactly believe Fox's claim.
The poll to which Trump referred was conducted by Rasmussen, which has come under fire for its right-leaning results before.
The Rasmussen poll shows Trump with a 46 percent approval rating and a 53 percent approval rating.
That same poll showed Obama with a 47 percent approval and a 52 percent approval at the same time during his first year in office.
However, as this Twitter user handily pointed out to Dumbelina, Rasmussen consistently polls Republicans higher, and it still showed Trump at the same level of Obama. Ouch.
It's worth it to mention that the Rasmussen poll is a complete outlier when it comes to approval ratings.
According to Politico, there are 12 different polls that are averaged to show the president’s approval rating, and of the 12, Rasmussen’s gave Trump the best rating by far.
His real average approval rating is 39.3 percent, and his disapproval rating is 56.2 percent. These are “historically poor numbers for a president at this point in his first term.”
Looking at the same average for Obama in his first year in office, his approval rating was 49.9 percent (a whole 10.6 points higher than Trump’s, but who’s counting?!), and his disapproval rating was 44.5 percent (11.7 points lower than Trump’s).
So Trump was wrong (no surprise here).
Approval ratings might seem petty, but the fact that Trump (and Fox News, for that matter) disseminates such false information to millions of Americans with no qualms about it is the real danger. Let’s return to a respect for the truth in the coming year.