They’d prefer you didn’t…..
But most STILL do NOT believe in Donald J. Trump as President…..
Two years ago, dozens of prominent Republicans broke with their party to endorse Democrat Hillary Clinton or declare their plans to vote for her for president over Donald Trump.
Trump won, Clinton largely retreated from public life, and now these Republicans — officials from past White House administrations, former governors, former members of Congress, veterans of national campaigns — are politically homeless.
With Trump already raising money for his reelection campaign and Democrats drifting toward the populist and socialist sentiments that have elevated Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, BuzzFeed News recently reached out to many of these Republicans for Hillary. Most of those who responded remain unsatisfied with Trump. But they are not optimistic about the feasibility of a Republican primary challenge, and many are not prepared to get behind another Democrat.
Many also are waiting on two developments: the November midterms and the completion of special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russian interference in the 2016 elections. The results of both could further weaken Trump’s presidency and his bid for a second term.
“I believe Mr. Trump has been harmful to our society,” said Richard Armitage, a deputy secretary of state under George W. Bush who backed Clinton. “Let’s get past the midterms and see who emerges on either side of the aisle, and I’ll be more able to answer your questions then.”
These Republicans know they represent a minority of their party: Polls show that Trump remains overwhelmingly popular with the base. A primary challenge would be tricky, especially with the Republican National Committee closing rank around the president to discourage challengers.
“There’s obviously a slice of Republicans alienated from the party,” said Frank Lavin, a political director in the Reagan White House who also held positions in the George H.W. and George W. Bush administrations. “Is there space in the spectrum for that? Beats me. … I would tell anybody who wants to go down that path: Just keep your powder dry and see what happens. You run the risk right now if you’re unhappy with Donald Trump of being diminished a bit as malcontent.”…..
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My Name Is Jack says
There has been a sort of revisionist theory being bandied about as to how Trump basically keeps the same approval numbers from Republicans as he had at his inauguration.
It is that many of the anti Trump Republicans are no longer identifying themselves as Republicans,although likely continuing to vote for Republicans for other offices.
Accordingly when asked for party identification in polling surveys ,these people call themselves independents ,thus inflating Trumps approval percentages among Republicans in that most of those self identifying as Republicans are more likely to be Trump supporters.
I don’t necessarily agree with the theory but there is is,
But SOMETHING is going on out there with Trump’s support which is beginning to look like what I have reported….
Rock Solid Support…
And “leans’ to him….
My Name Is Jack says
I know you desperately want to believe that Republicans are abandoning Trump.
You have been essentially making that plain since he was sworn into office.
Unfortunately,there simply is no evidence of such happening.The Q poll earlier this week had a Republican approval rating at 83% .In other words within the 80-90% level its been for over a year or so now.
There are no Republicans running for major offices that are running as anti Trump.At best there are a few who just try to ignore him.
Over the weekend you made a big deal out of a CBS Poll as to how Trump was handling racial issues .You seemed to be placing great emphasis on the difference between “strongly” support and “somewhat” support.That is no big deal really.Indeed ,if I had been interviewed on Obama’s performance as President there are areas I would have described myself as “somewhat” supporting his position rather than strongly,particularly on healthcareYet, I approved of his performance overall.Your claiming that such “proves” that “there is something going on out there” is misplaced.
Let me know when Trumps disapproval’s among Republicans breaks 35% or so,then maybe you can make an argument but continuing to hang your hat on such things as the above or that a few Republican politicos say negative things about him occasionally,means almost nothing ,in my view.
In summary, besides your fervent desire that Republicans abandon Trump, where is your evidence?
Those Republicans just don’t realize Trump is a secret Democrat. Once they do they’ll all run away.
He, he, he….
You think so Scott?
Maybe they will be able to laugh at their fellow party members when Trump leaves the stage and light come back on…..
We have our different points of view Jack…
I have company….