During an interview on Sean Hannity's Monday evening show, one of President Donald Trump's sons, Eric Trump, said that America "loves his father," something which certainly does not align with the historically-low nationwide approval ratings that the president is currently facing.
While speaking with Hannity, Trump staunchly defended his father and also took Congressional Republicans to task for, in his eyes, not sufficiently advocating for President Trump. As Eric stated,
I want somebody to start fighting for him ... How much weight does he have to carry by himself? My father has the voice of this country. The people of this country love him. Why wouldn’t [Republicans] get in line?”
While Eric may feel that America loves his father, unfortunately, Trump's recent approval ratings, which were just released by Rasmussen reports, do not reflect this sentiment. The ratings show that only 39 percent of Americans currently approve of Trump's performance as president, while 61 percent disapprove. A recent Washington Post/ABC News poll found even lower approval ratings, with only 36 percent of Americans approving of the president.
As the Huffington Post pointed out, Trump's approval ratings are abysmal compared to those of past presidents at the six-month mark. By comparison, Obama had a 59 percent approval rating six months into his presidency, George W. Bush similarly had a 59 percent approval rating, and Clinton had a 45 percent approval rating.
In addition to lambasting Congressional Republicans, Eric also heavily criticized the media for how they cover his father and politics in general. Eric lamented that he believes that the media focuses too much on what he thinks are unimportant stories — like the alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, which Trump denies. More specifically, Eric stated that,
The media has really gone to shambles...They would rather focus on Russia. They would rather focus on these nonsense stories than real news that people care about...It’s a sad thing for democracy, it’s a sad thing for the morality of the country. It’s really a race to the bottom with the media these days.
This is not the first time Eric has taken to the airwaves to defend his family — and condemn the media. Indeed, last week Eric appeared on "Fox and Friends" and spoke at length about how he believes the media unfairly attacks him and his family.
Overall, it is clear that Eric feels very strongly that his father is being unfairly portrayed and insufficiently supported. However, Trump's approval ratings do not seem to match the inflated perception Eric has of his father's impact on the American people.