President Trump’s record-setting low approval ratings could lead to more difficulty in getting Congress to pass legislation he proposes, asserts Emily Swanson of PBS. He is at a historic low as an incoming U.S. president. Trump's provocative character and controversial policies have contributed to many Americans disliking him. Knowing that the American people aren’t fully behind him might result in Congress being more stubborn when confronted over complex issues like tax reform. Presidents usually get some of their best ratings in the beginning of their presidency. Trump is going against that trend, which risks hurting him politically.
The mainstream media has sought to portray President Trump’s low approval ratings as a huge stain on his presidency without putting it into proper context, argues Newt Gingrich in Fox News. France’s Emmanuel Macron, more attractive to liberal journalists, currently has a worse approval rating than his American counterpart. However, this isn’t being reported as negatively as Trump’s situation is. Presidential popularity rises and falls and doesn’t have the profound effect some assume. At one point, Reagan had lower ratings than Trump, only to get re-elected and win the Cold War. The media is trying to put Trump in a bad light.