President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpUkraine's president compares UN to 'a retired superhero' Collins to endorse LePage in Maine governor comeback bid Heller won't say if Biden won election MORE's aide, Kellyanne Conway, said in an interview broadcast Sunday that the poor coverage the president received before assuming office has had a negative effect on the country's democracy.
"He has just absorbed an unprecedented — qualitatively and quantitatively — unprecedented deluge of negative criticism and coverage that's frankly unfair and a little bit dangerous to our democracy," Conway said on "Sunday Today."
"You know, the question for everyone who covers him and who thinks about him is: What is the line between thoughtful criticism and skepticism and, you know, flat out denial and delegitimization of what just happened?"
Conway was talking about polls showing the president's approval ratings heading into office. In polls conducted before the president assumed office, Trump's approval ratings were in the high 30s or low 40s.
Conway said she's concerned about "how the poll numbers got there."
"If this man got a much higher percent of that as a vote than the number of people say they approve, I'm concerned that we're just not — we all love our country, and we all love our democracy," she said.
She drew a distinction between the coverage of former President Obama before he assumed office eight years ago and the coverage of Trump.
"It's embarrassing. And it's disproportionate," she said.