President Donald Trump has long considered news outlet CNN to be among the most insidious of the so-called "fake news media." He's sparred with their reporters, revoked their press passes, and devoted hundreds of his tweets to maligning them.
But if he needed another reason to despise the network, new CNN polling showed Trump has an approval rating of only 38 percent.
The poll follows the trends of others that show Trump's approval rating dwindling in the wake of his widely criticized pandemic response and his treatment of those protesting the murder of George Floyd by police.
As you can imagine, Trump soon responded to the poll on Twitter.
CNN Polls are as Fake as their Reporting. Same numbers, and worse, against Crooked Hillary. The Dems would destroy America!— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1591620515.0
As amazed as Trump was by his low approval rating, others were amazed that it was too high.
What must that 38% be like?
38% of Americans approve of trump's: - 108,000 deaths from COVID-19 - 40 Million unemployed - Tear-gassing peaceful… https://t.co/JldA9CMpMn— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@BrooklynDad_Defiant!) 1591625527.0
@mmpadellan And that's only in the last 3 mths. Lets not forget: - Charolottesville - Family separation - Kids in c… https://t.co/iwuzBFKOZi— JeaBeck (@JeaBeck) 1591625899.0
I’m concerned that 38 percent of Americans are hateful people. How can #38percent of Americans support #Trump after… https://t.co/Sk45rUcFwh— CONCERNED CITIZEN (@CONCERNED CITIZEN) 1591627384.0
No one seems to believe the President's claim that the polls were rigged against him.
@realDonaldTrump Fake? These things are fake: • Mexico will pay for the wall. • Didn't pay hush money to Stormy Da… https://t.co/F3BxjlvOMm— JRehling (@JRehling) 1591621921.0
@realDonaldTrump The CNN Poll is real and it has you losing to Joe Biden 55% - 41%. Joe Biden is "Dominating" you!— Black Lives Matter (@Black Lives Matter) 1591620597.0
@realDonaldTrump You’re losing.— Scott Dworkin (@Scott Dworkin) 1591632602.0
@sitero_a @jennyrachelpal @realDonaldTrump Uh huh, He hired the "best people". You can spin all you want, Chief. Th… https://t.co/gz27tiDqa5— Marco in the Burning West (@Marco in the Burning West) 1591647402.0
Trump later announced that he'd hired the firm McLaughlin Associates in order to refute the results of the poll.
I have retained highly respected pollster, McLaughlin & Associates, to analyze todays CNN Poll (and others), which… https://t.co/GnTzXISDpc— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump) 1591643685.0
CNN isn't the only poll that's spelled bad news for Trump. Even the President's beloved Fox News has repeatedly found that he has an uphill battle to win a second term. He responded with a Twitter rant that time as well.