President Donald Trump’s fragile ego has once again sparked a confrontation with mass media.
It never fails that whenever something remotely negative is reported about him, he responds by denouncing the media as dishonest and claiming all of the reports are fake news.
While fake news has become a rapidly growing issue that has negatively impacted the public’s trust in the media, Trump is using the problem as his personal defense against anything he doesn’t agree with.
Early Monday, polls were released indicating that 53 percent of Americans don’t approve of Trump's controversial immigration ban, which is the highest disapproval rating for a new president since polls started tracking the number.
CNN's latest poll found 53% of Americans do not approve of Trump, the highest disapproval for a new POTUS since polls began tracking the #. https://t.co/EBy3saEDck— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) February 6, 2017
Soon after the polls were reported, Trump tweeted that they were fake.
Any negative polls are fake news, just like the CNN, ABC, NBC polls in the election. Sorry, people want border security and extreme vetting.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017
I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data, and everyone knows it. Some FAKE NEWS media, in order to marginalize, lies!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017
The failing @nytimes writes total fiction concerning me. They have gotten it wrong for two years, and now are making up stories & sources!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 6, 2017
Accepting any kind of criticism is not Trump’s strong suit. It sends him into a frenzy, which is a serious problem considering that he’s running an entire country and is subject to insurmountable criticism from all of the people he was elected to serve. This is why it is extremely important to have thick skin for this position of power.
He has proven time and time again that composure is a quality he lacks. Following the results of the election polls when it was revealed that Hillary Clinton actually won the popular vote, Trump wasted no time claiming that “illegal” voters were responsible for her popular vote victory and insisted that election fraud was to blame.
What kind of person denounces an election that they won? He was elected president regardless of who likes or dislikes him, so the popular vote should not have ruffled his feathers to that degree.
Clearly, his narcissism wouldn’t allow him to rejoice in his victory without disparaging his opponent and her supporters.
After his latest rant against his disapproval ratings, journalists and other Twitter users quickly clapped back by pointing out just how absurd and inappropriate his accusations are.
"negative news = fake news" is the beginning of tyranny. https://t.co/2XHZGItRUQ— deray mckesson (@deray) February 6, 2017
Fox— Ciaran Jenkins (@C4Ciaran) February 6, 2017
Don't know 10
Positive poll so real news right?
Welp. Some honesty. Trump thinks anything that disagrees with him is fake news. https://t.co/i5RbvEVRNS— Brandan Robertson (@BrandanJR) February 6, 2017
The polls that had Clinton winning the popular vote were accurate.— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 6, 2017
The likely voter models in some states were off, but irrelevant here. https://t.co/dJC955FLkO
This is bizarre behavior. Something is not right. https://t.co/VYS2rONa55— Joaquin Castro (@JoaquinCastrotx) February 6, 2017
I'd like to extend this out to other parts of my life. "Any date rejections are fake news."https://t.co/N10Xd9YttF— Rob Flaherty (@Rob_Flaherty) February 6, 2017
any executive orders I've passed without reading are also fake executive orders https://t.co/CctMb3ChMs— Elizabeth Plank (@feministabulous) February 6, 2017
A word of advice, Mr. President: Stop with the childish feuds about trivial matters and focus on running this country.
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