On Monday, the Republican National Committee asked its Twitter followers to sign a President’s Day card for President Trump. After months of record-low approval ratings, Trump’s favorability has been starting to tick up, so perhaps they figured they weren’t tempting fate.
Or maybe they didn’t see the president’s weekend tweetstorm, in which he criticized the FBI, Democrats, his own national security adviser and Oprah Winfrey — but not the NRA, as a national gun-control movement began to build in aftermath of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting; or Vladimir Putin, upon whom he has refused to enforce sanctions approved near-unanimously by Congress.
In any case, the response was overwhelming.
— GOP (@GOP) February 19, 2018
Here are some of the 1,500 comments:
Sorry I can’t. I don’t know Russian.
— Caro (@carogonza) February 19, 2018
The only card a would gladly sign is a farewell card. Can’t wait for that day!
— Marta (@MartaElekeko) February 19, 2018
We are celebrating 44 Presidents today
— Michele Karlsberg (@Karlsberg65) February 20, 2018
Will this be delivered to the golf course, the club house or the closest McDonalds?
— Lucille (@Delilah399) February 19, 2018
Some took a more visual approach.
— Kellypisforpissedoff (@brainrusted) February 19, 2018
— Larry Smith (@LarrySm27372117) February 19, 2018
Also known as Obama Remembrance Day. pic.twitter.com/8ZZ02YEM9S
— Susie Denegree (@susiefoo) February 20, 2018
Also on Monday, 170 American political scientists voted Trump the worst president in the nation’s history. The Presidents & Executive Politics Presidential Greatness Survey is conducted every four years, asking researchers to rank presidents on a scale of 0 to 100, with 100 being great, 50 being average and 0 being a complete failure. The 2018 edition put Trump at the bottom, below the resigned Richard Nixon, even among conservatives.
Trump earned a 12.34, below even James Buchanan, who presided over the country’s descent into the Civil War. Self-identified conservatives ranked him 40th out of 45.
Meanwhile, Barack Obama rose 10 spots from the 2014 survey, coming in at the eighth greatest president of all time. George W. Bush climbed five spots to No. 30. Abraham Lincoln came in at the top spot as usual.
Trump did claim the No. 1 position in one category: Most polarizing president in history.