Donald Trump, despite the unwelcome reception from approximately 250,000 Londoners during his visit to the U.K., is not letting any of the negativity break his stride.
On Thursday, Trump boasted about his popularity over Abraham Lincoln to the British tabloid paper, The Sun.
Trump falsely claims poll shows he's more popular than Lincoln https://t.co/l8TC1N9jjE https://t.co/K64V1HhmeQ— The Hill (@The Hill)1531492446.0
In addition to trashing Prime Minister Theresa May's Brexit strategy and laying into London Mayor Sadiq Khan for terrorist attacks in his city, Trump told The Sun:
"You know, a poll just came out that I am the most popular person in the history of the Republican Party—92 percent."
"Beating Lincoln. I beat our Honest Abe."
But where did Trump get his information on Lincoln's polling results?
Nobody knows for sure, since communication limits kept widespread polling from happening. The telephone wasn't invented until a decade after President Lincoln's assassination.
The first widespread polls happened 80 years after Lincoln's death.
Trump told a British newspaper that his poll numbers are better than Lincoln's. He is forgetting that most people w… https://t.co/4B69OLdJ5f— Paula Poundstone (@Paula Poundstone)1531459311.0
@cnni How did he work that out ? Where did he get the data from? As I type I know I being drawn into this new stupidity.— monk (@monk)1531513099.0
His self-aggrandizing remark was spurred on by a recent Gallup poll that gave 45's job performance a 90% approval rating, not 92%.
Thank you to all of my great supporters, really big progress being made. Other countries wanting to fix crazy trade… https://t.co/j27IxnEzU6— Donald J. Trump (@Donald J. Trump)1531220370.0
But Vice was quick to point out the tweet's fallacy by noting Trump only scored high job approval numbers "among Republicans" the week of his meeting with Kim Jong Un.
His overall approval in that Gallup poll was 45% which still remains below average for any other president in modern polling. And the poll asked respondents to rate just Trump's job performance. The poll was not a comparison between Trump and any other presidents.
In a recent poll of just historians, Trump rated dead last. Lincoln? Came in first.
There was a more recent poll of the public and Obama easily won over Trump. By a lot. And Ronald Reagan, not Trump, was the top Republican.
The article also mentioned the Gallup poll that showed George W. Bush with a 90% overall approval rating in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and a 98% popularity rating among Republicans at one point.
That's higher than Trump's 90%, so still not the top Republican.
Despite Londoners protesting the visiting U.S. president by releasing an orange baby balloon version of Trump over Parliament Square on Friday, an online effort to get the Green Day song "American Idiot" to #1 in his honor, a rude message in a crop circle in his helicopter's flight path and being banned from the city of Sheffield by the Lord Mayor, 45 said his U.K. approval ratings would be just as favorable as back home.
"But the people of the U.K., and I'll bet if you had an honest poll, I'd be very strong."
"They want the same thing I want. I love the U.K.."
"I am the most popular person in the history of the Republican Party. Beating Lincoln. I beat our Honest Abe” - Tru… https://t.co/Ra07cVOgKB— Steve Silberman (@Steve Silberman)1531497917.0
@paulapoundstone Trump thinks he's more popular than Lincoln? Why, because Trump thinks his name on hotels is bette… https://t.co/JC4DyTIe4O— David Mello (@David Mello)1531459539.0
@cnni This is typically GRANDIOSE. Never seen a USA president who is praising himself like this. This a case that n… https://t.co/SVAqHGgQLW— Appolinaire Katumba (@Appolinaire Katumba)1531512849.0
Meanwhile, YouGov for ITV Tonight released a poll showing that 77% of the British viewed Trump unfavorably, while only 17% saw him favorably.
"The British public hold the President in low regard," said the poll report.
People still can't get past the comment where he elevated himself above the 16th President of the United States, however.
@kenolin1 Exactly https://t.co/EYRamEM4Vp— Christopher 🇮🇹🇨🇦🇻🇦✝️☭☯️✡🏒⚽🥊🥋🍕🍝🍔🌮🌭 (@Christopher 🇮🇹🇨🇦🇻🇦✝️☭☯️✡🏒⚽🥊🥋🍕🍝🍔🌮🌭)1531460228.0
Trump is as popular as Lincoln was......... in the South.— Gordon (@Gordon)1531512871.0
@cnni Bloody hell, all he talks is rubbish facts, whoever his fact checker is needs sacking, 99.9% of his facts are… https://t.co/uf03xb1z9z— Tracey (@Tracey)1531512810.0
@stevesilberman @Mark_Sheppard he didn't beat him in honesty that's for sure.— Jason Richard (@Jason Richard)1531507953.0