Garbled grammar aside, Trump's essential message is this: My approval rating isn't bad at all!
Except, he's wrong.
To prove that point, I went to Gallup's indispensable presidential job approval center
and compared Trump's standing (39% in the most recent Gallup weekly tracking poll) to the previous nine presidents.
Both Barack Obama and George W. Bush were far more popular after six months in office than Trump. Clinton was in only a slightly better place than Trump, the result of the firing of 7 employees of the White House travel office
-- aka Travelgate -- that happened in May 1993.
Here's George H.W. Bush back to Jimmy Carter:
Bush, Ronald Reagan and Carter were all in the stratosphere compared to Trump at the six-month mark of their presidencies. Worth noting: Bush and Carter went on to lose their re-election bids three and a half years later -- a sign that you always need to be cautious about making predictions after just 6 months.
Then, finally, Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford:
Of this group of nine presidents, only Ford matches Trump at 39% approval at the six-month mark. Context, of course, matters here: Ford had pardoned Nixon in the fall of 1974
-- a deeply unpopular decision that badly damaged his approval rating in the early days of his presidency.
So here are the facts: Donald Trump is less popular at the six-month mark of his presidency than eight of the nine men who have held the office before him. He's as unpopular as the ninth, who pardoned a president embroiled in the most serious scandal ever to hit the presidency.
That's probably not something he'll be touting on Twitter anytime soon.