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the country — that’s what Clinton did,” Graham said, saying Trump should now challenge the Democrats to “fix problems.”
There was more than an echo of Clintonian rhetoric in Trump’s public statement
on Tuesday, delivered as he signed an executive order tackling an epidemic of suicide among veterans.
”Instead of doing infrastructure, instead of doing health care, instead of doing so many things that they should be doing, th
ey want to play games,” Trump said of his Democratic opponents. “It’s too bad because I’d rather see them do legislation.”
The Clinton parallel may not be exact, however.
At the start of his impeachment drama in 1998, Clinton was far more popular than Tru
mp, with his approval rating measured by Gallup at 58%. He never went below 60% in the brutal year that
followed, hit 73% after he was impeached and settled at 66% after he was acquitted in a Senate trial.
According to the Quinnipiac poll, Trump is at 38% approval. And while a recent Wall Street Jour
nal/NBC poll had him at 46%, his numbers rarely move beyond a narrow range, with favorability well below a majority of voters.