Donald Trump is a man obsessed with numbers. Sometimes, he’s unable to grasp the significance of big numbers (see “Failed Policies, Trumpcare”) and there are times he struggles with the concept of sharing certain numbers (see “Broken Promises, Release of Tax Returns”). However, despite numerous bankruptcies, Donald believes that numbers can prove he’s a billionaire as he claims, and not “just” a millionaire as others familiar with his business ventures have maintained. Numbers would also show if Donald owes large sums of money to Russian banks, but he still refuses to release those pesky tax returns.
There are two numbers in particular that Donald refuses to accept. 62,984,825 and 65,853,516. The first figure is the number of votes he received in the 2016 presidential election. The second figure, almost 3 million votes higher, was the number of votes Hillary Clinton received. If you combine her total with the 4,489,233 votes Gary Johnson received and the 1,457,222 votes Jill Stein received, it’s clear that the vast majority of Americans wanted someone other than Trump--by a huge margin... almost 9 million votes! Donald doesn’t like those numbers.
So, it’s safe to assume he must really despise a whole bunch of recent numbers. FiveThirtyEight reports that Trump’s current approval rating of 41.3 constitutes a new low for this presidency, but it’s also a new low for ANY recent presidency at this juncture. To add historical context: Trump trails Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Bush 1, Clinton, Bush 2, and Obama. In virtually every instance, Trump trails these former Presidents by huge margins.
Public Policy Polling has Trump with a 40% approval rate, while 53% disapprove. CNBC reports similar numbers: 42% approve of Trump’s job performance, while 56% think he’s doing a poor job and the country is headed in the wrong direction.
However, the bad news gets even worse for Donald. The latest Gallup poll measured his approval rating at a paltry 36% following the Trumpcare debacle. To Donald, all these numbers must sound as bad as someone telling him that, upon review, it’s been discovered that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s ratings as host of “The Apprentice” had actually been higher than Trump’s. News of that sort would likely cause angry denials followed by uncontrolled fits of rage.
Yes, numbers certainly matter. They play a vital role in our lives... and sometimes, they’re just plain fun--but don't ask Donald.