On Wednesday, Eric Trump confidently told the hosts of “Fox & Friends” that the American people are overwhelmingly on his father’s side — in fact, to the tune of 95 percent of them!
“My father is in there, and he’s fighting every single day,” said Eric. “And he has to fight against the media. He has to fight against these lunatics. And guys, I’m telling you, 95 percent of this country is behind him in this message. I mean, people love this nation.”
President Donald Trump has had one of the most consistently anemic approval ratings of any modern president, with his average hovering around the mid to low forties and occasionally the high thirties throughout his term, and his current aggregate rating on RealClearPolitics standing at 44.4 percent. He isn’t even at 95 percent with Republicans, who, according to the latest Reuters/Ipsos poll, give him a net 72 percent approval.
It is possible, in context, that Eric meant 95 percent of people approve of the way Trump handled his fight with four Democratic congresswomen of color. But this would also be wrong. The latest numbers show that 68 percent of Americans found his demand that they “go back” to where they came from offensive, and even among Republicans, just 57 percent said they were on his side.
No matter how you slice it, there is no way to make the numbers even come close to what Eric said.
ERIC TRUMP claims on Fox & Friends that “95 percent of this country” is behind his father’s message. (His approval rating is actually about half that.) pic.twitter.com/wm27V1MMLj
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) July 17, 2019
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Austan Goolsbee was interviewed by MSNBC's John Heilemann on Friday after the DJIA closed down over 600 points after the trade war escalated on Friday.
"Just give us, if you would, Austan, your sense of what has unfolded today and how bad it is," Heilemann asked.
"Yes, it’s terrible, I'm phoning from a bunker as we speak," Goolsbee replied.
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"For many years China (and many other countries) has been taking advantage of the United States on trade, intellectual property theft, and much more. Our country has been losing hundreds of billions of dollars a year to China, with no end in sight," Trump tweeted.
"Sadly, past Administrations have allowed China to get so far ahead of fair and balanced trade that it has become a great burden to the American taxpayer. As President, I can no longer allow this to happen," he argued.
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MSNBC anchor John Heilemann said, "we’re hours away for the president taking off to the G7 summit in Bairritz, France, where allies are bracing for the Trump-fueled mayhem that is now 100% certain to ensue, with Trump like a drunken traveler in the departure lounge about to take a trip that he dreads, already sewing global chaos, days-long public meltdown typically moved from words to actions."
"Donald Trump beginning this day with a Twitter tirade that sent the Dow spiraling, closing down more than 600 points today and escalating his trade war with China with these norm-shattering, power-abusing words in this tweet," he said, putting the tweet on-screen.