In just three days we’re going to have to choke out the words “President Trump”. And while there’s a small and deluded group of people who really do think they can prevent his taking office, I’m betting on his inauguration on Friday. (Of course, I bet about $500 that he wasn’t going to win in the first place!). At any rate, CNN reports that he’s coming into office with an extraordinarily low approval rating for a new President: only four out of ten Americans show approval. As CNN reported in an email:
Donald Trump will become president Friday with an approval rating of just 40%, according to a new CNN/ORC Poll, the lowest of any recent president and 44 points below that of President Barack Obama, the 44th president.
Following a tumultuous transition period, approval ratings for Trump’s handling of the transition are more than 20 points below those for any of his three most recent predecessors. Obama took the oath in 2009 with an 84% approval rating, 67% approved of Clinton’s transition as of late December 1992 and 61% approved of George W. Bush’s transition just before he took office in January 2001.
Trump’s wobbly handling of the presidential transition has left most Americans with growing doubts that the President-elect will be able to handle the job. About 53% say Trump’s statements and actions since Election Day have made them less confident in his ability to handle the presidency, and the public is split evenly on whether Trump will be a good or poor president (48% on each side).
I have little doubt that many readers here share my fear about what is to come. The Congress is Republican in both houses, we’re going to have a right-wing replacement for Antonin Scalia, the President is an egomaniacal bully with no real sign that he cares about America, and, to be frank, I don’t think he’s fully compos mentis. Moreover, he’s the one man in this country who can order the deployment of nuclear weapons.