President Donald Trump takes a lot of criticism for the time he spends focused on his own popularity. On the day after his inauguration, former White House Press Secretary, Sean Spicer, stated the President’s biggest concern lay with the comparatively small size of his crowd rather than the new duties Trump just assumed as a national leader.
As such, Trump often tweets about favorable poll results. On the evening after a mass shooting in Jacksonville, Florida, the President focused once again on his own public approval numbers.
There was only one problem. The number the President amplified with his tweet reflected public disapproval of the job he does, not their approval.
On Sunday evening around 8:30pm EST, Trump took to Twitter and posted:
“Over 90% approval rating for your all time favorite (I hope) President within the Republican Party and 52% overall. This despite all of the made up stories by the Fake News Media trying endlessly to make me look as bad and evil as possible. Look at the real villains please!”
Over 90% approval rating for your all time favorite (I hope) President within the Republican Party and 52% overall. This despite all of the made up stories by the Fake News Media trying endlessly to make me look as bad and evil as possible. Look at the real villains please!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 27, 2018
But the NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll he quoted gave him a 44 percent approval rating and a 52 percent disapproval rating. After his tweet, more people went to view the poll numbers amplifying the news of the negative public opinion of the President.
The Twittersphere quickly pointed out the President’s mistake. Some responded directly on Trump’s own tweet.
Sir, you don’t have 52% approval in your own family. Give me a break.
— Marc Young, SPHR (@ReginaldBDogg) August 27, 2018
Wow, you can’t even read a poll correctly. 52% disapprove of your performance. Who’s making things up, again? Whining about the media ‘making you look bad’ while multiple associates plead guilty to felonies is hilarious.
— Bryant Lister (@BryantLister1) August 27, 2018
— Orange October (@beastiecube) August 27, 2018
Did you check your figures, Donald? Of course you didn’t check them. A 44% approval rating, a 52% disapproval rating & 56% of voters say you aren’t honest. November is coming. Mueller is coming. The NY AG is coming. We’re all coming to put checks & balances back on the WH.
— Linda Ott (@LindaOt45535156) August 27, 2018
— Linda Maniccia (@zooyork03) August 27, 2018
He’s thinking of the WSJ poll out today which has him at 52% DISAPPROVAL
He’s done this before
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) August 27, 2018
Trump is lying about his approval rating again. He doesn’t have a 52% approval rating even with his favourite pollster, Rasmussen – he’s at 46% in their latest daily tracker. Overall, he’s at 41.9% (FiveThirtyEight) or 43.6% (RealClearPolitics). pic.twitter.com/d5F6jSj93W
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) August 27, 2018
44% approval rating on FOX News this morning. Your fake news president lied again and it’s only lunch time.
— JM (@toquell) August 27, 2018
Some offered advice.
Your need for approval is so sad. Just do your job and quit lying.
— Erin Thomas (@ErinThomasRev) August 27, 2018
You’ve got it backwards, genius. It’s 52% disapproval. If you’re going to brag, get it straight!
— Christopher🇺🇸 #VoteThemOut🌊 (@cwebbonline) August 27, 2018
— SHAWN HILL (@ssejhill) August 27, 2018
You know what I hope, Donnie? I hope the next potus is a great leader who works to earn the respect & admiration of Americans so she doesn’t have to lower herself to tweeting/begging people to like her. Someone like Obama. He never “hoped” to be respected. He exhibited respect.
— Debby Carroll (@thefamilycrypt) August 27, 2018
Could you try not lying for just one day? Seriously, just one.
— Jon (@Noogajoe) August 27, 2018
While others thought the President should be focused on matters other than his own popularity as the following responses show.