Some five weeks into the Presidency of Donald J. Trump, a Gallup poll shows him with a historically low approval rate—about forty per cent, far worse than any predecessor at this point in his Administration since Gallup began asking the question, in 1953, at the start of President Dwight D. Eisenhower s first term.
It s predictably Trumpian, then, that his response to that embarrassing measure of unpopularity was yet another goofy tweet, this one calling for a rally of his supporters: It would be the biggest of them all!
Perhaps he thinks a big, obedient crowd might lessen the rage that he s managed to unleash from his non-supporters—a significant majority—almost from the moment of his swearing-in.
That may have something to do with the cruelty, and carelessness, of the policies that he lets loose, such as the so-called Muslim ban, which has so far been blocked by the courts, or the sudden reneging of promises like the one he made to protect gay, lesbian, and transgender rights, which affect some of the nation s most vulnerable citizens.
It means something that so much commentary, coming so quickly, concerns ways to undo the results of the election.
The Hendrickson proposal came in late April, 1951, soon after President Harry Truman fired his Far East commander, General Douglas MacArthur, during the Korean War.