Some of us have been wondering how long it would take Republican lawmakers before they begin to reassert themselves as they look beyond the November election probable losses and next year….
You might believe that Trump will prevail after losing in November…
It would appear that some of us do not agree with that view….
Put Republicans on that list…
While Trump’s support among Republican voters seems to be holding?
Lawmakers and others seem to feel they can come in from the cold and knock their party leader….
Over the past few weeks, as Trump’s poll numbers have worsened, current GOP officials have been emboldened to speak out against him.
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee, is a frequent critic of Trump’s tone and style. He joined the Black Lives Matter protests following the police killing of George Floyd. Trump responded by sarcastically praising Romney’s “tremendous sincerity.”
“What a guy,” Trump said over Twitter. “Hard to believe with this kind of political talent, his numbers would ‘tank’ so badly in Utah!”
But GOP senators who have not been as critical of Trump have also spoken out as the president’s poll numbers have cratered.
Senate Majority Whip John Thune (R-S.D.) has called on Trump to change his reelection messaging.
Senate Republicans have been at odds with the White House over the new coronavirus stimulus package, and on Thursday it became clear that their bill would not include a top Trump priority, a payroll-tax cut.
GOP leaders, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.), a fierce Trump ally, have warned about the growing coronavirus disaster in their home states, even as the president has downplayed the threat.
“I think any leader is better if they have people holding them accountable. Not just enemies, but people that can then give them honest feedback about job performance,” said Wendy Day, a former vice chair of the Michigan Republican Party who was ousted by now-Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel for refusing to back Trump ahead of the 2016 election. “Politics is so ego-driven that many times honest feedback doesn’t happen.”
Polls show Trump has overwhelming support among average Republican voters nationwide, even as his standing has eroded among virtually every other important voting bloc.
Recent public opinion surveys that have found Biden with a healthy lead have also found Trump’s support among Republicans holding steady in the high 80 percent to low 90 percent range. The Quinnipiac University survey of Florida released Thursday that found Biden leading by 13 points also found Trump’s support among Republicans at 88 percent.
Trump’s allies are confident those numbers will improve as the race becomes a binary choice between Trump and Biden. The Trump campaign says that the GOP dissenters get a lot of attention inside Washington but are not representative of how ordinary Republicans across the country feel about the president….