Trump Claimed His Approval Rating Is the Same as Obama’s in His First Year. It Is Not.

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There are a lot of things that make Donald Trump mad. One of them — though he’d never admit it — is that he can’t hold a candle to Barack Obama. Obama was the coolest. The best president, the best dad, the best president dad. Obama is effortlessly suave and charming, super smart and well-read, in love with his gorgeous wife… Donald Trump is none of those things. And somewhere, deep down in the recesses of his bowels, he knows it.

That’s why it’s so precious that Trump tried to compare himself to Obama in his first year. He claimed they both have the same approval rating, and not only is that laughably wrong, it is so obvious to anyone in the U.S. who can hear and/or see what’s going on every single day.

We probably can’t cover it all. If we tried, we’d be here all week. Trump has started feuds with senators, actors, and newspapers, which is impressive because newspapers aren’t even living things.

He hates being wrong so much that he is physiologically incapable of admitting when he’s incorrect. This leads to him often claiming he didn’t say words that he definitely said because they are on tape or on Twitter or claiming that he knew all along what the truth was even though he expressed the opposite. It’s pathological and insane.

Trump claims that he’s winning all the time. He calls everyone else “losers” and constantly tries to build himself up by tearing other people down. (This is something you have to do if you have zero good qualities but still want to be perceived as a “winner.”) But Trump has lost time and again. He’s a loser.

Look at that fake smile! Donald Trump hates Barack Obama so much that he has dedicated his entire presidency to undoing the good that Obama did, even if that means killing millions of Americans who can no longer afford treatment for their medical issues. And yet, Trump just fired off an insane tweet claiming that he and Barack Obama have the same approval rating for their first years in office…

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.

The poll to which Trump referred was conducted by Rasmussen, which has come under fire for its right-leaning results before.

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.

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).

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.