President Donald Trump's approval rating ticked up last week following his contentious summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, stunning an MSNBC panel on Sunday, which alleged the president "defies gravity."
First, what did the poll show?
The new Wall Street Journal/NBC poll shows Trump's approval rating rose to 45 percent after the Helsinki summit, a 1 percent increase from June. It is the highest mark of Trump's presidency in the poll, which surveys presidential approval each month.
Meanwhile, the survey found that 52 percent of registered voters disapprove of Trump's job.
Also, 88 percent of Republicans approve of Trump's job, a figure only rivaled by former President George W. Bush in the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Former President Barack Obama only achieved 81 percent approval by Democrats in the WSJ/NBC poll. Trump earned the approval of only 9 percent of Democrats.
Trump earned the highest marks on his handling of the economy and North Korea, while his work on the border and trade earned middle-of-the-road approval and disapproval. Voters, however, overwhelmingly disapproved of Trump's handling of Russia and immigrant families at the border.
The poll was conducted over a four-day period beginning July 15, one day before Trump's meeting with Putin. Polling concluded before the news about Michael Cohen and Carter Page dropped on Friday and Saturday, respectively.
How did the MSNBC panel react?
MSNBC host Kasie Hunt and her panel were shocked over the poll's results. Hunt said Americans are living in a "different space-time continuum where even gravity works differently."
"He defines political gravity," GOP Kevin McLaughlin added, explaining it's only the East Coast that is outraged with Trump, while "flyover" country supports him and is willing to make sacrifices for the good of the nation.
"So is [Trump] right when he basically says he could walk down Fifth Avenue and shoot people and people would still stand with him? I mean, is there any line?" Hunt asked rhetorically, referring to comments Trump made during his campaign.