President Joe Biden is reportedly "seething" that his poll numbers are worse than those of former President Donald Trump.
What are the details?
Politico disclosed in a new report late Sunday that tensions are running high in the West Wing — and Biden is the "greatest source" of frustrations.
According to the report, which painted the Biden administration as the passive recipient of countless crises, Biden is very aware of his embarrassing poll numbers.
The president has expressed exasperation that his poll numbers have sunk below those of Donald Trump, whom Biden routinely refers to in private as “the worst president” in history and an existential threat to the nation’s democracy.
The concern among those in the White House is that Biden is becoming Jimmy Carter 2.0, i.e., a one-term president who was unable to overcome serious blunders.
Tensions are so high that Biden recently "erupted" because staffers did not keep him informed about the seriousness of the baby formula shortage, Politico reported. Other problems sending the West Wing into chaos — in addition to sky-high inflation and record-high gas prices — include the revolving door of staffers and the tight control that staffers exercise over the president.
The White House, however, is denying Politico's depiction of the West Wing.
"This depiction of the White House is simply divorced from reality," said spokesman Andrew Bates.
How bad is Biden's polling?
Bad. Very bad.
According to the RealClearPolitics average of polls, Biden's job approval is more than 13 points underwater. His job approval rating ranges from the high-30s to low-40s, while his job disapproval rating ranges from the low-50s to high-50s.
The negative trajectory began after the botched withdrawal from Afghanistan, and it has only deteriorated since.
Biden's low approval also spells bad news for Democrats hoping to retain control of Congress after the 2022 midterm elections. On Sunday, ABC News explained the grim situation for Democrats.
"Biden is a serious drag on Democratic candidates nationwide," said ABC News' Rick Klein, "he is badly underwater on all of the top issues."