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Seth Meyers dedicated “A Closer Look” on Thursday’s “Late Night” to explaining President Donald Trump’s record-low approval rating among Americans and how recent events didn’t seem to be helping the matter.
Polls released this week showed that Trump’s already low approval rating dropped again. A Gallup tracking poll had it at just 35% on Wednesday, The Hill reported.
“This is supposed to be the honeymoon period,” Meyers said. “And Trump should be good at those. He’s had three of them.
“To give you some perspective, 35% is worse than Richard Nixon’s approval rating during Watergate and George W. Bush’s approval rating after Hurricane Katrina.”
The low rating arrives amid the failure of the Republican healthcare plan, House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes’ recent actions that have cast doubt on the committee’s investigation into the Trump team’s potential ties to Russia, and a vote in Congress to dismantle rules that would have made companies unable to buy and sell consumers’ online history and data without their consent.
Even some of Trump’s most ardent supporters are losing trust in the president, Meyers said.
The host used two recent developments to show why he believes trust in the president is at an all-time low. First, a recent report said Nunes received information from White House sources that led to his claim last week that members of Trump’s transition team might have been “incidentally” surveilled.
“That means Nunes went to the White House to brief Trump on information he got from the White House,” Meyers said. “It’s like when you send yourself an email reminder, and two minutes later go, ‘Oh, a new email!'”
Then there was the vote to gut Obama-era rules about internet privacy, which has become a hot-button issue among legislators and citizens.
“If this bill sounds outrageous to you, you’re not alone,” Meyers said of the resolution passed by Congress on Tuesday. “The question now is will there be as much grassroots resistance to Trump’s agenda going forward as there was to his healthcare bill? So far, all signs point to yes.”