True to form, Trump took to Twitter not only to congratulate himself, but attempt to demean his predecessor at the same time. Of course, also true to form, he failed on both fronts.
The definitely-not-insecure president touted his approval rating from the right-leaning pollster Rasmussen, which had him at 50%.
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Just hit 50% in the Rasmussen Poll, much higher than President Obama at same point. With all of the phony stories and Fake News, it’s hard to believe! Thank you America, we are doing Great Things.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 15, 2018
Unsurprisingly, the statistic is cherry picked. In reality, a wide array of polls paints a decidedly different picture.
Per FiveThirtyEight, Trump owns an average 40.6% approval rating with a 53.8% disapproval rating. His net approval, then, is a dismal -13.2%.
Per Real Clear Politics, Obama’s approval rating at this point in his presidency, April 15, 2010, was 48.4% while his disapproval was 46.9%. That is a net approval rating of 1.5%.
Trump’s obsession with his predecessor and his penchant to lie show no signs of letting up. While he may be satisfied pandering to his dwindling base, the rest of the country has had enough of this endless barrage of disinformation that a simple fact check could solve.