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Donald Trump on Saturday took a handful of executive actions to try to circumvent Congress and create coronavirus relief measures.

The executive actions — a mixture of executive orders and presidential memoranda — don't even do what Trump claims.

However, it's part of a pattern of Trump governing by executive order — something he once accused former President Barack Obama of doing.

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President Herbert Hoover at the 1932 Republican convention

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Reprinted with permission from Alternet

A couple weeks ago, Trump hit 40 percent approval rating in FiveThirtyEight's polling aggregate. I watched eagerly to see if he might fall below that threshold, which would have been a clear sign the bottom was absolutely dropping out from his campaign.

Unfortunately, Trump managed to bounce back a bit, but not by much. He's currently sitting at 41.4 percent approval and has been bobbing around that 41 percent mark since early June. But not to worry, a look at the worst political routs in modern U.S. history shows that presidents and major-party nominees pretty much get 40 percent of the votes no matter how dreadful their leadership or campaign.

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