A new poll finds Americans don’t like President Trump’s biggest critics in Congress, with the five least popular senators all having clashed with the chief executive.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is the least popular, according to the Morning Consult survey, with 30 percent approving and 56 percent disapproving. He’s followed by Sens. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.; John McCain, Ariz.; Claire McCaskill, D-Mo.; and Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D.; the Washington Examiner reported.
The Examiner noted that McConnell and Trump largely have resolved their issues, including the Senate’s failure to repeal Obamacare and the slow pace of legislative change. But McConnell is perceived as a party establishment figure.
Flake has seen his approval ratings tank since becoming one of the president’s biggest detractors and has decided to retire after the midterms.
McCain, who is suffering from a serious form of brain cancer, criticized Trump’s
performance at the joint press conference in Helsinki last week with Vladimir Putin as “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory.”
“The damage inflicted by President Trump’s naiveté, egotism, false equivalence and sympathy for autocrats is difficult to calculate,” he said. “But it is clear that the summit in Helsinki was a tragic mistake.”
Meanwhile, Trump has campaigned against both McCaskill and Heitkamp in their home states.
He charged that Heitkamp “will vote ‘no’ to any pick we make to the Supreme Court.”
The Morning Consult poll, however, also found 10 of 12 vulnerable senators outperform the president in net approval rating.