Reality TV star Donald Trump has set a new ratings record for the American presidency, but it’s not one he’ll care to crow about on Twitter. If his presidency was a game show, it would be the most unpopular broadcast in history right now.
“President Trump’s actions during his first week in office have appeared to be aimed at the voters who already supported him, not at reaching out to the rest, and that’s taken a rapid toll on his support, which was already historically low,” David Lauter reports for the LA Times.
He includes this tweet from YouGov pollster Will Jordan:
Days until achieving MAJORITY disapproval from @Gallup
Bush I: 1336
Bush II: 1205
Trump: 8. days. pic.twitter.com/kv2fy0Qsbp
— Will Jordan (@williamjordann) January 29, 2017
One week into the Trump presidency, Donald is underwater by three points in an average of seven days’ polling. But this weekend has already seen his numbers take another sharp downward turn, with 51% of Americans now expressing disapproval of President Trump’s performance.
Not coincidentally, “thousands” of protesters appeared today outside the White House, filling the streets of the district for several blocks with chanting and speeches. This is just one of many demonstrations of outrage at Donald’s selective and ham-handed executive order taking place around the nation. Not only was the order stayed by federal judges, but the Trump presidency has created a street backlash in its 8th day.
$64,000 question is: are they being told to violate the court order by the White House? https://t.co/Zn1rVf7ufO
— Christopher Hayes (@chrislhayes) January 29, 2017
Donald looks weak, and the story now is all about how unpopular his decisions are and how they are being resisted. Americans love an underdog, and for a time Donald benefited bigly from that cultural tendency, but he cannot do that anymore as president. Just think how low his ratings can sink by the end of the first season.
Rhetorically the White House statement is a major climb-down. The outrage and protests and legal defeats are having an impact.
— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) January 29, 2017
Gallup’s numbers accurately reflect what is actually happening in terms of American public opinion thanks to Donald’s administration. Elected by a minority of Americans, Trump is nevertheless pursuing an agenda that clear majorities of Americans oppose. He is being aided and abetted by a party rightfully wracked by self-doubt about an agenda that outrages most Americans. That’s a recipe for electoral disaster,
— Jamil Smith (@JamilSmith) January 29, 2017
Not that it will matter, of course. Through constitutional default and Republican delays, the Trump presidency will soldier on into the very next season no matter how low things go. In fact, this administration’s instinctive response is to behave like a network head with a favored program: by doubling the show’s budget, spending freely on PR, and finding ways to profit on outrage.
— Silvia Mazzocchin (@silvimabu) January 29, 2017
He’ll just tune American democracy right out, you wait and see.
Trump is watching "Finding Dory" at White House while protests rage and the legal rights of detainees are violated. https://t.co/Wg6k9PZLIu
— Adrienne Watson (@Adrienne_DNC) January 29, 2017
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