Trump Calls Himself "Your Favorite President" & Twitter Is Having None Of It

Ad failed to load

President Donald Trump has had some of the lowest approval ratings of all time for a president this early in his first term. The Hill recently reported that, as of mid-November, his job approval ratings hovered between 38 and 41 percent. However, he is apparently undeterred, if a Sunday evening tweet in which Trump perplexingly described himself as "your favorite President" is any indication.

Referencing a recent mini-scandal in which Sen. Jeff Flake was caught on a hot mic on Friday, heard criticizing Trump and Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore, the president took a shot at Flake, tweeting:

Sen. Jeff Flake(y), who is unelectable in the Great State of Arizona (quit race, anemic polls) was caught (purposely) on "mike" saying bad things about your favorite President. He'll be a NO on tax cuts because his political career anyway is "toast."
Ad failed to load

Sen. Flake's office responded to the tweet firmly, saying that Trump would not affect how the senator voted on a tax reform bill. "Senator Flake is still reviewing the tax reform bill on its merits," a spokesperson said in a press statement. "How he votes on it will have nothing to do with the president."

Folks on Twitter, however, couldn't get over the fact that Trump claimed he's "your favorite president." Twitter users quickly responded to the bold assertion with a mixture of humor and sharp derision.

Ad failed to load

On Friday, Sen. Flake spoke at a town hall meeting for aerospace company workers in Arizona. After the event concluded, he had a conversation with John Giles, the Republican mayor of Mesa, a Phoenix suburb. Apparently unaware that his microphone was still on and feeding to news reporters, Sen. Flake was overheard saying, "[If we] become the party of Roy Moore and Donald Trump, we are toast."

The hot mic in question belonged to local ABC News affiliate KNXV. Photos of the senator's surprised face the moment he realized the mic was on quickly went viral. However, the senator stood by his comments, later tweeting out a link to a story about the incident and saying, "No news here. I've been saying this to anyone who will listen."

Ad failed to load

The mayor responded to Flake's assessment of the GOP's future by suggesting that he should consider a run for the presidency in 2020. "I am not throwing smoke at you, but you are the guy — just for fun, think about how much fun it would be — just to be the foil, you know, and point out what an idiot this guy is," Giles was heard saying to Flake in response, in what appeared to be a reference to President Trump. "Anyway, I hope you do it."

Sen. Flake has been a regular outspoken critic of President Trump. Last month, when he announced on the Senate floor that he would not run for reelection, he addressed Trump several times, explaining that he "will not be complicit or silent."

Ad failed to load

In the last two weeks, nine women have accused Alabama senatorial candidate Moore of sexual misconduct or unwanted romantic pursuit. Among the allegations are claims Moore initiated sexual encounters with 14 and 16-year-old girls when he was in his early 30s. Moore has vehemently denied all of the allegations against him.

Ad failed to load

In light of the allegations, many Republicans have called for Moore to step down from the race. In a tweet sent on Nov. 13, Sen. Flake went on record saying that if he was a voter in Alabama, he "would run to the polling place to vote for the Democrat." President Trump, meanwhile, has remained largely and uncharacteristically quiet on the issue.

Prompted by reporters, Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a press briefing on Friday, Nov. 10:

Like most Americans, the president believes that we cannot allow a mere allegation — in this case, one from many years ago — to destroy a person's life.
Ad failed to load

She later went on to say that Moore would "do the right thing and step aside" if the allegations against him were true.

Ad failed to load
Must Reads

Your Weekend Love Horoscope For May 19-20, 2018

We’re constantly fascinated by what our zodiac sign says about our lives, whether it's which signs are most compatible or how each sign handles conflict in relationships. That's why Bustle has enlisted Mecca Woods, a New York City-based astrologer of…
By Mecca Woods

7 Last-Minute Royal Wedding Party Ideas Worth Waking Up Early For

We're only two days away from the royal wedding, so it's safe to assume Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are finished with their planning (we hope). But if you're a commoner who's procrastinated on planning a watch party, you still have time to decorat…
By Ayana Lage

10 Little-Known British Traditions Meghan Markle Will Learn When She Marries Prince Harry

As an American woman dating a Brit, I am no stranger to the mishaps that can result from the cultural differences between the U.S. and England. And while I'm sure Meghan Markle has a slew of royal traditions to learn, titles to remember, and fancy ha…
By Kristin Magaldi

16 Brand New YA Rom-Coms To Add To Your Summer Reading List

Ah, summer. Post-Memorial Day it's all about being outside in the sunshine, lazy pool days and exciting beach trips, warm weather treats, and — most important of all — tote bags packed to the brim with all of the biggest and best summer reads. Whatev…
By Kerri Jarema

I've Paid $18,000 To A $24,000 Student Loan, & I Still Owe $24,000

It all became real the summer before my senior year of college. It was 2010, and my home phone still had a cord, which I wrapped around my fingers as I waited not-so-patiently for the apathetic representative on the other end to tell me the bad news …
By Kaitlyn Cawley

12 Personality Quizzes That Will Help You Determine Your Exact Strengths

Learning more about yourself can be tough. It's so easy to observe others to learn what makes them tick, what areas they really excel in, and the things they could be better at. Doing that to yourself, however, is a whole different story. That's exac…
By Jessica Booth

5 Brand New Short Story Collections You Can Finish In One Sitting This Weekend

Since 2013, May has been known by book-lovers by another name: Short Story Month. If you're ready to kick off this year's celebration the right way, make sure to pick up a short story collection to read over the weekend. Modern life moves more than …
By Sadie Trombetta

I Got Styled By 'Queer Eye's Tan France & Realized I Still Have A Lot Of Fashion "Rules" To Unlearn

When I walked into a New York City Express store on May 2 to get styled by Queer Eye's Tan France, I was ready for anything. And I mean truly anything. I am such a massive fan of the show and Tan that if he had instructed me to wrap myself in tin foi…
By Olivia Muenter

It Isn’t Bad To Have A “Princess Fantasy” — Mine Made Me The Woman I Am Today

What do you want to be when you grow up? If you were anything like me as a kid, at some point, the answer to that question was "a princess." Thanks to good old-fashioned gender stereotypes, most little girls born in the '90s (and even now) grew up in…
By Nicole Pomarico

9 Mother's Day Gifts For Your Mom That Also Give Back

Mother’s Day is around the corner, and unless you’re the type who’s got gift-giving on lock months in advance — and seriously, who is that person? — you might be scrambling a bit for great Mother's day 2018 gift ideas. And while it’s important to cho…
By Carolyn de Lorenzo

Here’s How To Get A FREE 30-Minute Facial At Sephora That Sucks Your Pores Clean

Sephora has long been a mecca for both serious and amateur beauty lovers alike, where they not only have makeup artists that help answer questions about products, but free samples to let you play with new collections. But now they have upped the ante…
By Marlen Komar

Kris Jenner Is FINALLY Launching A Makeup Line With Kylie

Maybe you don't have a favorite sister of the Kar-Jenner clan, and that's perfectly fine. The one thing you can't deny, though, is that when it comes power, no one in that family has more than the world famous momager. Now, Kris Jenner x Kylie Cosmet…
By Shea Simmons

This Kendall Jenner “Diva” Moment Is Really Being Taken Out Of Context

The fashion always takes center stage at the Met Gala, but there's usually a little drama, too. And this time, a member of the Kardashian-Jenner family is involved. People are buzzing about how Kendall Jenner shoved someone at the Met Gala, but after…
By Nicole Pomarico

Feel Like You've Seen Everything On Netflix? Add These Movies To Your Watch List

The weekend may feel too far away, but if you're lacking formal plans, a Netflix marathon session is always a good idea. If you're an avid viewer, however, you probably feel like you've seen everything the streaming platform has to offer already. In …
By Ashley Rey

These 4 Zodiac Signs Are Going To Have The Best Luck In Love This May

Spring fever is here, but not all signs in the zodiac are dealt the same dose of lovin'. Some signs are going to have a better love lives than the rest of us in May, because that's just the way the cookie crumbles. According to astrologer Linda Furia…
By Kaitlyn Wylde

9 Hacks For Fighting Jet Lag That Actually Work

Jet lag is the worst. There's no doubt about it. And it's only natural to want to find a way to prevent it. Searching for jet lag cures online often means encountering expensive products and sketchy supplements. Luckily, there are ways to train your …
By Eva Taylor Grant

Hillary Clinton Says She's Ready To Fight Like A Republican — EXCLUSIVE

Hillary Clinton Is Not Going Away Quietly. Can Hillary Clinton Please Go Quietly Into The Night? Unlike Losers Before Her, Clinton Is Not Going Gently Into the Night. These headlines, which appeared in various news outlets over the course of the last…
By Catherine Thompson and Jenny Hollander

Here's The Very Best Time To Book Your Summer Vacation If You're Trying To Save Money

Summer is a great time to travel, for obvious reasons. The weather is better. Many offices are more lax about time off. If you have kids, they’re out of school. But there’s one very important element that makes summer not a great time to travel: Cost…
By Emma McGowan