Donald Trump Jr. shared a doctored image on Thursday of a CNN graphic that claimed President Trump has a higher approval rating than former President Barack Obama.
The fake graphic, which Trump Jr. posted on Instagram, appears to come from a Monday segment on CNN during which host John King fact-checked President Trump’s tweet claiming that he has “better numbers than Obama at this point, by far.”
Presidential Approval numbers are very good – strong economy, military and just about everything else. Better numbers than Obama at this point, by far. We are winning on just about every front and for that reason there will not be a Blue Wave, but there might be a Red Wave!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 5, 2018
The original CNN graphic shows Trump with a 40 percent approval rating, compared to former President Obama’s 45 percent approval rating from the same point of his presidency.
However, the image shared by Trump, Jr. on Instagram, is doctored to show a 50 percent approval rating.
Junior just posted a photoshopped photo of his dad's approval ratings & artificially inflated Trump's rating so that it's higher than Obama's 😂 pic.twitter.com/eERSNsQJop
— William LeGate (@williamlegate) August 8, 2018
“Amazing. I guess there is a magic wand to make things happen and @realdonaldtrump seems to have it,” Trump Jr. wrote in the Instagram post.
According to The Hill:
Trump has never received a 50 percent job approval rating in the Gallup weekly tracker of the measurement.
He has reached a high of 45 percent twice, once just days after his inauguration and again in mid-June.