The Week

Trump has never been worse — but his approval is surging. Why?

My estimation of President Trump has never been lower than it is right now. And his approval rating has never been higher.That disjunct has become familiar to lots of liberal-leaning journalists, intellectuals, and academics over the past three years. Though this hasn’t kept plenty of them from trying to deny or explain it away. Unwaveringly convinced that the president and his party are inept, corrupt, ignorant, and brutally callous, they have written and published article after article under headlines like, “This is the end of the Trump presidency.”We saw this when Trump fired FBI Director James Comey. It happened again in the months surrounding the midterm elections, when Republicans took