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Donald Trump's Approval Ratings Reach New Low

| by Jonathan Constante

A new poll shows that President Donald Trump's approval rating has dropped to a new low after firing FBI Director James Comey.

The NBC-Wall Street Journal poll showed that only 29 percent of those surveyed agreed with Trump's decision to terminate Comey, and a whopping 53 percent disapproved, NBC News reported.

The poll, which was taken on May 11 through May 13, shows Trump's approval rating at 39 percent, one point lower than it was in April. It also revealed that 52 percent of those surveyed had a negative view of the president, while 38 had a positive one.

The survey also found that 46 percent believed that the reason behind Comey's termination had something to do with either stopping or slowing down the FBI investigation of Russia's influence on the 2016 presidential election. And 30 percent said that they have a less favorable view of Trump after his firing of Comey.

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Similarly, a Quinnipiac University survey showed that only 36 percent of those surveyed approved of Trump. The poll asked those surveyed to write the first word that came to their minds when they thought of the president. The top three words were "idiot," "incompetent," and "liar."

Other responses included “narcissist,” “ignorant,” and “clown.”

Trump's latest firing also has constitutional law professors calling for impeachment proceedings. Harvard Professor Laurence Tribe explained his reasoning in an op-ed piece on Common Dreams.

“Even without getting to the bottom of what Trump dismissed as ‘this Russia thing’, impeachable offenses could theoretically have been charged from the outset of this presidency," Tribe wrote. "To wait for the results of the multiple investigations underway is to risk tying our nation’s fate to the whims of an authoritarian leader.”

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American University Professor Allan Lichtman agreed.

“Trump arguably could be impeached now. Arguably he’s already obstructed justice and already violated the emoluments clause," Lichtman added. "I’m not saying we should impeach him now, I’m calling for an impeachment investigation.”

Trump continues to insist that Russia had no involvement with his campaign during the 2016 presidential election. He took to Twitter recently to reiterate that statement.

"Again, the story that there was collusion between the Russians & Trump campaign was fabricated by Dems as an excuse for losing the election," the president tweeted on May 12.

"James Comey better hope that there are no 'tapes' of our conversations before he starts leaking to the press!" Trump added in another tweet. "When James Clapper himself, and virtually everyone else with knowledge of the witch hunt, says there is no collusion, when does it end?"

Sources: NBC, Quinnipiac, Common Dreams, Donald J. Trump/Twitter (23) / Photo credit: Michael Vadon/Flickr

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