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Trump's Poll Obsession Forces Staff to Fake Good News

The man-baby in chief demands frequent reassurance. Why are we not surprised?


If there's one presidential thing Donald Trump has shown an earnest passion for, it's keeping tabs on what his voters think of him.

Sadly — both for him and the general public — those are the only voters he cares about. And that means “aides in the White House often show Trump polls designed to make him feel good,” Politico reports.

For Trump, anything approaching the approval of half the country is enough. He recently celebrated a Rasmussen daily tracking poll that pegged him at 46 percent approval. (“One of the most accurate polls last time around,” he mused, without explaining when he meant or by what metric he knew it to be accurate.)

It's since dropped down to 42 percent. But either way, that's a historically low number for this early in a presidency.

His aides of course know that, which is why they avoid showing him polls that peg him even lower. Unfortunately, the numbers are apparently simple enough for him to understand, so he apparently chases down and obsesses over the bad ones on his own:

Trump often has a complicated routine of keeping up with polls — which paint a dismal picture, giving him an average approval rating of 38 percent, according to RealClearPolitics — and getting upset privately, while blustering and calling them “fake” in public.

So the next time you see Trump randomly tweet how much he's accomplished and complain about "Fake News Suppression Polls," you can guess which number he's been checking. (Spoiler alert: It isn't one that his aides brought to his attention.)

Bye-bye, good news guy
It seems that one guy in the Trump administration was being paid just to find mainstream news stories that would make Trump smile. Sadly, he didn't last very long.

And in a similar bid to keep Trump happy, despite people frankly not liking him very much, Trump allies are reportedly booking events at his Palm Beach resort Mar-a-Lago because many charities and well-to-do folk don't want to be associated with him.

Some are simply making up events to justify using Trump's space. Says Newsweek: VPat Robertson’s Christian Broadcasting Network decided to host its first gala for its Orphan’s Promise charity at Mar-A-Lago and reportedly only planned it just so it could take place there.”

Why is everyone tiptoeing around this man-baby of a leader?

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