In yet more proof that President Donald Trump only considers unfavorable polls to be “fake news,” he took to Twitter Sunday to brag about an AP poll showing a high approval rating among veterans.
Since even before he took office, Trump has frequently attacked any poll unfavorable to him as “fake news” while touting polls that give him higher ratings. And that’s why he apparently boasted about a new poll showing that a majority of veterans approve of how he is doing his job:
Veterans on President Trump’s handling of Border Security – 62% Approval Rating. On being a strong leader – 59%. AP Poll. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 30, 2018
There’s just a couple problems with Trump’s brag. First of all, Trump’s overall approval rating among veterans stands at 56 percent, not 62 percent. That 62 percent is his approval among white veterans. Furthermore, male veterans were more likely to approve of Trump with 58 percent, while 58 percent of women disapprove. And his poll numbers are worse among Latino and African-American veterans as well.
Clearly, Trump ignored the numbers he didn’t like.
According to the AP report:
“Overall, 56 percent of veterans — both current and former service members — said they approve of the job Trump is doing as president, while 43 percent disapproved. Voters who have not served in the military were more likely to disapprove (58 percent) than approve (42 percent) of the president’s job performance.
“The survey found that differences in support for Trump between veterans and nonveterans extended across racial and ethnic groups, including among whites (62 percent of veterans approve versus 49 percent of nonveterans), Latinos (53 percent vs. 28 percent) and African-Americans (22 percent vs. 10 percent).”
Overall, Trump’s approval rating is in the toilet nationally, and most Americans want him impeached. Even a Fox News poll shows that 55 percent of Americans don’t intend to vote for Trump in 2020.
And while Trump may see a sliver of positive news in the veterans poll, it should also be pointed out that many members of the military lean conservative and many who were polled were older white male veterans who will support Trump no matter what he does. Plus, only 7 percent of the population are veterans.
Curiously, Trump’s approval among active-duty troops is much lower. Only 44 percent approve while 43 percent disapprove.
Many veterans told Trump to go f*ck himself:
I’m a veteran. My father earned the Purple Heart in WWII. No Trump has ever served their country. Cowards. A 5X draft dodger. You couldn’t lead a troop of boyscouts. U may have fooled some veterans who’ve been brainwashed by conservative radio and Fox News, but U are a weak punk.
— Bruno Amato (@BrunoAmato_1) December 30, 2018
This US Marine, infantryman, and Iraq War veteran couldn’t agree with you more. #BoneSpurs is a coward who tries to mask it with tough talk & bluster, but underneath the layers of blubber stuffed into his ill fitting suits, he’s nothing but a cowardly, #whinylittlebitch. #ITMFA
— Sean Huze (@seanhuze) December 30, 2018
I’m a veteran. I don’t think you’re handling border security correctly and I think you’re incessant lying is hurting our country.
— Josh Fernandez (@JoshOFernandez) December 30, 2018
My family has served in every branch of our military going back decades. I’m a veteran. I’m involved in veterans groups. The majority of vets I know do not support you. You get an uptick in the South. The vets in my family in South do not support you.
— Katie Rosa (@K_Rosa17) December 30, 2018
As a Veteran, You Sir, are Not a Strong Leader. You Sir, lack the Character Traits of a “Basic Leader” which are Integrity, Morality, Candor, Loyalty, Respect & Courage. You lied to our Armed Forces (pay raise) and used them for Politics! Shameful Leader!
— Tony Bonilla (@TonyBonilla4) December 30, 2018
As a Gulf War veteran, I couldn’t agree more. He is a disgrace as a President and the Commander of US Armed Forces!
— deejae (@deejae83502479) December 30, 2018
I’m a veteran. I do not approve. 4 days KKKDonny and the fun begins, but not for you.
— David Osborne (@Davidincali) December 30, 2018
Sorry to say this Donald but this veteran wishes you would just resign! #TrumpResign
— Aaron Sarver (@SarverAaron) December 30, 2018
— David Byczek (@David_Byczek) December 30, 2018
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