Politics

Poll: Trump Sets New Disapproval Record

| by Michael Allen

President Donald Trump set a new record on Jan. 28 with a 51 percent disapproval rating in a Gallup poll.

According to AOL News, Trump is the only president in modern history to poll to score over 50 percent negative after only eight days in office.

Gallup, which has been doing surveys since former President Harry Truman was in office, had Trump at a 42 percent approval rating.

Former President Bill Clinton had a 50 percent disapproval rating at 152 days during his first term.

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In more political news, Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch for the U.S. Supreme Court on Jan. 31 after calling both Gorsuch and Judge Thomas Hardiman to Washington, D.C., that same day.

However, Trump tweeted on Jan. 30: "I have made my decision on who I will nominate for The United States Supreme Court. It will be announced live on Tuesday at 8:00 P.M. (W.H.)."

Given Trump's Jan. 30 tweet, it's not clear why the president called Hardiman to D.C. on Jan. 31 if the nominee -- Gorsuch -- was chosen on Jan. 30.

Law Newz editor Rachel Stockman shared her theories:

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So why [make] it look like you are sending for both men and create a situation where news crews are following them around? Why make such a spectacle? Well, there are two plausible explanations.

1) Trump really hadn’t made up his mind, and that tweet was a fib (otherwise known as a lie). He may have wanted to interview both one more time just to be sure. Or 2) He knew all along that it was Gorsuch but he just wanted to build intrigue and get all of the talking heads to opine about how both men are "strong conservatives."

My bet is on #2. Although, late Tuesday evening, CNN’s Jim Acosta reports that Hardiman actually knew what was going on and agreed to play along with Trump’s scheme to build suspense.That sounds hard to believe, but either way the good judge was used as a P.R. tool.

Sources: AOL News, Law Newz / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Wikimedia Commons 

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