Following a new CNN/ORC poll pegging his approval rating at a low 44 percent, Donald Trump directed much of Monday morning’s Twitter ire at all the “fake news” surrounding his presidency. The New York real estate mogul turned politician was especially enraged by outlets like CNN, the New York Times, and anyone else whose polling numbers revealed a not so kind picture of his first few weeks as the 45th President of the United States. “I call my own shots, largely based on an accumulation of data,” he tweeted, “and everyone knows it.” Everything else? “Lies!”
Between the reality presented by the CNN/ORC poll, additional data regarding Trump’s first two weeks in office, and the missteps of staffers like Kellyanne Conway and Sean Spicer, the president has very little footing to stand on. (Or polled support, for that matter.) Yet he remains adamant in touting himself as a great leader, especially since he purportedly possesses “an accumulation of data” good enough to withstand the scrutiny of others — should Trump ever reveal what he actually means by this.
Either way, the would-be magician’s latest phrasing choice — “I call my own shots” — has predictably invited plenty of jokes, memes and criticism from his Twitter account’s many followers and trolls. Sure enough, many of them rightly call out the president for not explaining his so-called “accumulation of data,” let alone other missing bits of information like his tax returns.