Support For Donald Trump's Impeachment Is Now Higher Than His Approval Rating (Newsweek link): Virtually every single poll tracking President Donald Trump's approval rating showed the figure plummeting Monday morning, well below the margin of error compared to the rising level of support for impeachment. The results follow Trump's controversial decision to withdraw the United States from the Paris climate accord; the ongoing investigation into his campaign’s possible ties to the Kremlin is also a factor.
The president's approval rating dipped from nearly 42 percent to just 36 percent over the weekend, according to a Gallup daily tracking poll published Monday. Trump's declining popularity is inching closer toward his all-time low of 35 percent as president in March, when Gallup had the president’s approval at just 35 percent. What's more, nearly 43 percent of American voters support the idea of beginning the official impeachment process for Trump, according to a Politico/Morning Consult poll published Wednesday.
There are slight discrepancies between several leading polls as to where the president’s approval officially stands, though each tracking poll published Monday and over the weekend seemed to show a decline in popularity following Trump's decision on the Paris Agreement. Even right-leaning poll sites like Rasmussen Reports are indicating dips in support for the president's job performance, reporting that as of Monday, 54 percent of the nation disapproves of Trump’s tenure as commander in chief.
The Intercept notes the document is dated May 5, 2017, and states, “Russian General Staff Main Intelligence Directorate actors … executed cyber espionage operations against a named U.S. company in August 2016, evidently to obtain information on elections-related software and hardware solutions. … The actors likely used data obtained from that operation to … launch a voter registration-themed spear-phishing campaign targeting U.S. local government organizations.”
According to The Intercept, the Russian hackers “focused on parts of the system directly connected to the voter registration process, including a private sector manufacturer of devices that maintain and verify the voter rolls. Some of the company’s devices are advertised as having wireless internet and Bluetooth connectivity, which could have provided an ideal staging point for further malicious actions.”
The NSA notes that the attacks could have had an impact on voting tallies.
Perez Hilton picked up the story on Friday about the alleged Melania Trump affair, publishing the string of tweets written by Byrne — who’s profile on Twitter reads that she’s a “novelist, playwright, artist, activist, traveler, futurist, feminist, TED speaker.”
According to the report, Byrne shared information she received from a source she refuses to name so that she can “accelerate [Trump’s] rate of self-destruction.” She repeated a rumor that former White House staffer, Claude Taylor, tweeted a few weeks ago about getting information from well-known sources that Donald and Melania Trump signed divorce papers, but never filed because of the surprise win in the election. The White House has denounced all negative reports written about them, with a spokesperson insisting that the reports are false about Melania being “miserable” in her marriage.
Byrne’s tweets were posted on Thursday in which she claims Melania Trump has been having an affair with the head of security at Tiffany’s in the Trump Tower lobby for “many years.” The novelist began her introductions into the affair rumor by telling followers she was ready to “leak the gossip” that is probably more of a “tip.” She continued that she can’t reveal her source and that the Trumps will likely deny the rumors, citing it as “fake news.”