It’s par for the course for Donald Trump to have early morning meltdowns on Twitter. In fact it was odd that he’d gone a few days without doing so, having instead waited until later in the day to go berserk. This morning he was back at it, bright and early. Notably, his rant revealed he’s getting particularly defensive about the specific things he knows are going to finish him off. In fact he’s panicking.
Trump began by tweeting this absurdity: “While the Fake News loves to talk about my so-called low approval rating, Fox And Friends just showed that my rating on Dec. 28, 2017, was approximately the same as President Obama on Dec. 28, 2009, which was 47%…and this despite massive negative Trump coverage & Russia hoax!” Of course this is based on several falsehoods.
Trump is quoting the Rasmussen poll, which was long ago written off by serious polling analysts for being wildly, and perhaps intentionally, off the mark. But he clearly understands that his approval rating is a problem for him, or he wouldn’t be getting so defensive about it. His real approval rating is in the low to mid thirties, according to the average of other major polls. Even if it were in the mid to high forties, as he’s falsely claiming, that would still be a weak number for a first year president. Moreover, he’s specifically pointing to his Russia scandal as his excuse for low poll numbers – so he’s essentially admitting his poll numbers are bad.
Donald Trump also went on to rant about Amazon and the Post Office, but that appeared to be nothing more than a belated attempt at a distraction. He had already given away the two things he knows are going to do him in: his historically low approval rating, which makes him uniquely vulnerable, and his Russia scandal, which will expose him as a criminal and motivate the American public to apply the necessary political force to drive him out of office.
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report