Samantha Bee Has a Birthday Present for Trump He Won’t Soon Forget

Photo Credit: Full Frontal with Samantha Bee/YouTube

Remember when Donald Trump loved the polls? “Full Frontal” host Samantha Bee sure does.

For his first birthday as commander-in-chief, “America took up a collection and got POTUS something that we know he likes,” Bee opened on Wednesday. “A Gallup poll.”

President Trump’s disapproval rating as of Monday, June 12 was a whopping 60 percent—up from 56 percent the week prior. That number is even more alarming when compared with those of other historically unpopular presidents.

“Even though he’s only four months in, Donald Trump has already hit a higher disapproval rating than most presidents before him *ever* had,” notes Princeton University professor Kevin Kruse, who offered a bit of historical context on Twitter this week:

Trump’s 60% disapproval rating is higher than anything Gallup *ever* recorded for FDR, Ike, JFK, LBJ, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Clinton, Obama.

— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) June 13, 2017

The four modern presidents who *did* hit the 60% disapproval mark only did so well into their presidencies, after serious crisis or scandal.

— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) June 13, 2017

It took these four presidents 2129 days, 1736 days, 1290 days, and 1758 days to sink to 60% disapproval.

Trump did it in just 143 days.

— Kevin M. Kruse (@KevinMKruse) June 13, 2017

“Happy 71st, 45. Let us know when you get tired of winning,” Bee quipped, before recapping Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ Senate testimony on Tuesday. “We’ll be over here, watching America’s hottest summer replacement series.”


Alexandra Rosenmann is an AlterNet associate editor. Follow her @alexpreditor.

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June 15th, 2017 by
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