We KNOW that by September some GOP lawmakers ARE going to have to decide if they will back Trump on his ignoring the virus, or if they are going to embrace the caution most Americans’s are telling pollsters they feel…
But it would appear that some Republicans are ALREADY stepping away from Trump’s direction…
Of course some Republican Governor’s appear to be sacrificing their citizens to stay in the boat with Trump against seriously consideration of dealing with the virus infections that have risen thru the roof some places….
President Trump faces the prospect of growing dissent within his own party unless he can arrest his slide in the polls.
Trump has fallen a significant distance behind presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in recent weeks, as the coronavirus has become resurgent. Republicans are eyeing their electoral futures with increasing nervousness.
“Are they worried about Trump’s approval rating? Absolutely, because many of them know they cannot significantly outperform the president. If you are in a swing state or in a swing district, you need the president to be at least competitive,” said one former Republican member of Congress, who requested anonymity to speak candidly.
Asked about Trump’s chances of reelection, the former member replied with one word: “Improbable.”
Ryan Williams, a GOP strategist and former aide to Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), said, “Republican elected officials are beginning to see this is headed in the wrong direction and the pandemic is not going to go away before Election Day.”
Trump, Williams added, “is in a tremendous hole right now and is running out of time.”
Romney has been among the most willing Republicans to criticize Trump. He was the sole GOP senator to vote to convict Trump on one count of impeachment. More recently, he tweeted that the president’s commutation of Roger Stone’s sentence was an act of “unprecedented, historic corruption.”
Most Republicans decline to condemn Trump in anything close to such emphatic terms. But there are some signs that they are willing to put distance between themselves and the president.
A New York Times report over the weekend noted that even Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who has generally been a strong Trump ally, last week “broke with Mr. Trump on nearly every major issue related to the virus.”….
This have gotten so bad that Trump has turned around and gone to posting a picture of himself in mask and will start his daily virus pressers?
President Donald Trump is moving to repair a damaging media narrative as coronavirus infections spiral back out of control just over 100 days before November’s general election.
Trump, whose poll numbers have suffered as he has been hammered for the administration’s stammering response, is setting in motion a new White House communications effort focused on the pandemic and seeking to shift attention to crime in major American cities.
In a series of tweets Tuesday morning, Trump repeated his claim that the United States is “doing very well” combating the virus compared with “most other countries” — even as spiking caseloads put the U.S. far ahead of other industrialized nations — and touted the “Tremendous progress being made on Vaccines and Therapeutics” to treat the highly infectious disease.
The most notable addition to the president’s preferred social media feed was a black-and-white photo posted Monday afternoon showing him modeling a face mask, a personal mitigation measure Trump had long been reluctant to practice. “There is nobody more Patriotic than me, your favorite President!” he wrote online.
Trump seems poised to reprise those rosy sentiments Tuesday evening, when he is slated to resume his appearances at the White House’s televised coronavirus news conferences after a nearly three-month hiatus….
After ignoring the virus?
It may very cost him to lose his job in the end?
image…AP Photo/Patrick Semansky