In TrumpLand, The Donald is always very popular. Whether he actually is or not, he is.
So, when the Trumpster gets on the subject of polls, he not only quotes the one most favorable to him, he’s now inflating those numbers at will.
From The Washington Post:
This morning, in a radio interview, Trump went even further in extolling Rasmussen polling, claiming that, if anything, it is underestimating his popularity. It would be easy to laugh this off as the usual bluster, but if Trump really believes this, it could have real consequences for the country, particularly in the context of his brewing trade war with China.
In today’s interview with “Bernie and Sid in the Morning” on WABC radio, Trump listened modestly as his hosts showered obsequious praise on him for heroically making America great in the face of unremitting hate from the media.
“A poll just came out now, Rasmussen, it’s now 51,” Trump said. “They say that it’s 51 but add another 7 or 8 points to it. … They don’t want to talk about it, but when they get into the booth they’re going to vote for Trump.”
Then Trump was asked about trade and China. “I’m not saying there won’t be a little pain,” Trump said, adding: “We may take a hit, and you know what? Ultimately we’re going to be much stronger for it, but it’s something we have to do.”
This juxtaposition is disconcerting. If this trade war goes south, and the public rejects it, will Trump even know or believe that is happening?
The latest Daily Presidential Tracking poll from Rasmussen shows Trump with 47% approval, 52% disapproval.
Real Clear Politics shows Trump with an average approval rating (including Rasmussen’s latest) of 41.5%.
He’s literally making stuff up now.
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