President Trump bragged and lied about a poll showing he’s “the most popular person in the history of the Republican Party,” falsely claiming that he’s more popular than former President Lincoln.
“You know, a poll just came out that I am the most popular person in the history of the Republican Party,” Trump said in an interview with The Sun published on Thursday.
“Beating Lincoln,” Trump said. “I beat our Honest Abe.”
“New Poll says Trump, at over 90%, is the most popular Republican in history of the Party. Wow!” he tweeted earlier this week, appearing to refer to a Gallup poll.
Thank you to all of my great supporters, really big progress being made. Other countries wanting to fix crazy trade deals. Economy is ROARING. Supreme Court pick getting GREAT REVIEWS. New Poll says Trump, at over 90%, is the most popular Republican in history of the Party. Wow!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2018
However, there is no parallel polling on former President Abraham Lincoln.
The Hill added:
According to a recent Gallup poll, 90 percent of Republicans approved of Trump in June. The New York Times noted that would make Trump more popular with his party at this point in his first term than any other modern president except former President George W. Bush shortly after the Sept. 11 attacks.
However, a Pew Research Center poll this week found that among modern presidents, most people said former President Barack Obama was the best or second-best president in their lifetime.
“But the people of the U.K., and I’ll bet if you had an honest poll, I’d be very strong. They want the same thing I want. I love the U.K.,” Trump added.
Trump’s comments come after he said earlier in the interview that he felt “unwelcome” in London due to protests.
“I guess when they put out blimps to make me feel unwelcome, no reason for me to go to London,” Trump said, referring to a 20-foot-tall blimp designed to look like an infant Trump that protesters plan to fly during his U.K. visit this week. “I used to love London as a city. I haven’t been there in a long time. But when they make you feel unwelcome, why would I stay there?”