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Donald Trump’s terrible approval rating has broken a new record

Josh Jackman January 18, 2018
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Donald Trump has broken yet another record – for unpopularity.

The President’s approval rating has never gone above 46 percent since he beat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election despite receiving three million fewer votes than her.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 17:  U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a  ceremony where former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole (R-KS), recieved the Congressional Gold Medal at the U.S. Capitol, on January 17, 2017 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
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In November, it was revealed that Trump had broken a 72-year-old barrier to become the most unpopular US President since the end of World War II.

He then reached an all-time low of 37 percent in December, after a string of reviled policy choices – such as announcing a ban on transgender people serving in the military.

US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach on January 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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And now, a year after his inauguration, he has set another unwanted record.

No President has been as unpopular after a year in office as Trump.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - JANUARY 16: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a meeting with President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan in the Oval Office of the White House January 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
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According to the Real Clear Politics, Trump’s approval rating is 39.4 percent – with a disapproval rating of 55.4 percent.

His deep unpopularity may be associated with his racist, homophobic and transphobic statements and policy decisions.

Just this week, it was revealed that his administration is set to allow health workers to reject transgender patients.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 16: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks as he stops by a Conversations with the Women of America panel at the South Court Auditorium of Eisenhower Executive Office Building January 18, 2018 in Washington, DC. The three-part panel features ÒAmerican women from various backgrounds and experiences who will speak with high-level women within the Trump Administration, about what has been accomplished to date to advance women at home, and in the workplace.Ó (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Under the proposed new rule, medical staff would be permitted to cite their religion as a reason to refuse treatment of any kind to trans people, according to Politico.

The move would also protect health workers who don’t want to perform abortions.

WASHINGTON, D.C. - JANUARY 16: U.S. President Donald Trump listens to President Nursultan Nazarbayev of Kazakhstan during a joint press conference in the Roosevelt Room of the White House January 16, 2018 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
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Trump also created Religious Freedom Day this week, in a presidential proclamation issued yesterday that constituted a clear assault on LGBT rights.

He made the decision after breaking with Barack Obama’s eight-year tradition of issuing annual proclamations recognising June as LGBT Pride Month.

US President Donald Trump speaks to reporters at Trump International Golf Club in West Palm Beach on January 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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Just last month, his administration told the Supreme Court that it should be acceptable for businesses to put up signs denying service to same-sex couples.

But that should be no surprise, considering that Trump has consistently worked to undermine and destroy protections for LGBT people since becoming President.

US President Donald Trump holds two thumbs up while meeting with service members of the United States Coast Guard to play golf at Trump International Golf Course in Mar-a-Lago, Florida on December 29, 2017. The President invited members of the Coast Guard to play golf to thank them personally for their service of patrolling the waters near Palm Beach and Mar-a-Lago. / AFP PHOTO / Nicholas Kamm (Photo credit should read NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images)
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Among many hateful acts, he has tried to ban trans people from the military, appointed an anti-LGBT Supreme Court justice and endorsed a Republican who wants to make gay sex illegal.

He has also nominated an Army Secretary who said trans people were diseased, proposed slashing HIV AIDS funding and signed an order permitting anti-LGBT discrimination at work.

You get the picture: the man who held a Pride flag with “LGBT for TRUMP” during the campaign has revealed that in reality, he is massively anti-LGBT, in addition to his racism and misogyny.

And he has paid the price in the polls.

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