Will Trump be America’s first permanently unpopular president?

  History suggests that Donald Trump eventually will rise above 50 percent in the polls, but it hasn’t happened in the first five weeks of his presidency, and it isn’t likely to happen anytime soon. It’s possible, if unlikely, that it may never happen. In this sense, The Donald has a chance, albeit slim, of rewriting American political history as the most consistently disfavored among our 45 chief executives. Yes, more than a few of our past presidents have suffered through spells of bad poll numbers. Some have seen...

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Is Trump aware that so many people question his mental health?

  A prominent political website reported today that White House staffers are required to go to great lengths to feed reports to President Trump  that flatter his intellect — lest he acts cranky and says or does something especially stupid. The story says that “Trump’s own staff knows full well he’s an unstable narcissist who’s likely to go off on dangerous tangents at any given time unless he’s fed a constant diet of praise and shielded from criticism—and leaving him alone for even the span of a few...

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Donald Trump needs a lesson on the talents of Philip Freneau

  President Trump’s incessant whining about the sins of the news media is fraught with naivete, especially when he invokes the words of Thomas Jefferson on his side of the argument. Yes, Jefferson was a bitter critic of newspapers in his time, but he was hypocritical about it. He didn’t like it when a paper that supported his political foes picked on him, so he helped establish a rival paper, the Gazette of the United States, to fight back. Jefferson was secretary of state at the time, and he hired a hatchetman named Philip...

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A month later, Trump is still unpopular

    Donald Trump became president of the United States one month ago today, and his approval rating at this late date is weaker than that of any previous chief executive in the history of political polling. Trump’s numbers have been in negative territory for several months, since well before he took office. Oh sure, he can say that he’s doing comparatively well in the Rasmussen poll at a 55 percent approval rating, but the more reputable polls from Gallup and Pew have him at 40 and 38 percent, respectively. Rasmussen is...

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Trump can’t face certain indisputable facts

  To me, the most fascinating aspect of President Trump’s news conference today was his pathological denial that the margin of his victory in the November election was relatively slim. Trump has stubbornly pretended over the past three months that his win over Hillary Clinton was nothing less than a solid thumping. But, of course, it wasn’t. His first reaction to news that Clinton received 2.8 million more popular votes than he did was to claim that the numbers were skewed by widespread fraud. Of course, there isn’t a...

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