❝ On the grand scale of Things President Trump Says That Are Inaccurate or Misleading, a tweet Monday morning about a poll from CNN rates fairly low. It’s hardly at the level of Trump’s false assertion that millions of votes were cast illegally, for example, or his untrue claim that his predecessor tapped the phones at Trump Tower. But it is notably Trumpian for a few simple reasons.
1. It was disparaging a poll that he once cited as accurate.
2. It was apparently a response to something he saw on TV.
3. It was about TV ratings.
4. It was wrong.
❝ Trump’s tweet:
❝ This appears to have come in response to discussion on CNN’s “New Day” program about 10 minutes before Trump’s commentary. Anchor Poppy Harlow mentioned a daily tracking poll of Trump’s approval, which on Saturday hit a new low of 37 percent. She pointed out, accurately, that Trump still has strong support from his base, and the conversation quickly moved on.
That tracking poll, though, isn’t from CNN. It was from Gallup. CNN was simply reporting on it, as Harlow noted after Trump’s tweet…
❝ The last part of Trump’s tweet on Monday, though, isn’t about polls, it’s about Nielsen ratings…
It’s a very social-media thing to do, to misinterpret something someone says and then try to insult them as deeply as you can. Perhaps it’s not terribly presidential — but it is very Trump.
Though many reasonable folks have pointed out that Trump has the semantical sense of a sixth-grader – we need a few news anchors noting that he has the emotional maturity to match.