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‘Like a Haiku of Insanity’: The Trump-Lincoln Debates

President Trump boasted about a poll on Thursday that he claims shows he’s more popular than former President Lincoln.

“You know, a poll just came out that I am the most popular person in the history of the Republican Party,” Trump said in an interview with The Sun published on Thursday.

“Beating Lincoln,” Trump said. “I beat our Honest Abe.”

And no one seems to know what poll this is, but of course it does not stop the Stable Genius from repeating his baseless claim on social media:

Thank you to all of my great supporters, really big progress being made. Other countries wanting to fix crazy trade deals. Economy is ROARING. Supreme Court pick getting GREAT REVIEWS. New Poll says Trump, at over 90%, is the most popular Republican in history of the Party. Wow!

And instead of me taking this thing apart, let’s let professional taker-aparter (is too a word!) actual history expert Kevin Kruse have the honors:

For starters, his approval rating isn’t higher than Lincoln’s for the simple fact that we didn’t have presidential approval ratings back then. It wasn’t until FDR’s second term that Gallup started asking people this question.

But even in the era in which we have presidential approval ratings and, moreover, break them down by party, this isn’t the record for a Republican.

George W. Bush regularly hit above 92% approval from Republican voters between 2001 and 2005. Hell, he hit 99% in January 2002. pic.twitter.com/YkYZLmDmcG

Also, it’s difficult to compare presidencies over this period, as the parties have moved from an era in which they were each rather ideologically diverse to more starkly polarized in our time, especially in the last two decades.

Also, any Republicans who left the party over Trump and now claim to be independents? They obviously aren’t counted here — except in so much as their absence makes the remaining GOP seem *more* favorable of Trump.

It’s like a haiku of insanity — it’s actually impressive he crammed so much wrong into so few syllables.

That said, bragging he beat “Honest Abe” when that’s absolutely not true really is a special brand of crazy. Bravo.

So even if Comrade Trump did have a poll to back up his claim, the results are dubious because enough people left the GOP (“Imma Independent,” as our friend and Scissorhead Bluegal mockingly says on The Professional Left Podcast) that it makes the claim even more silly. Comrade Stupid has literally shrunk the party, so big whoop that more of what is left likes him.

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