Monday, April 27, 2020

Republicans might finally be waking up to Trump's toxicity

Trump is toxic. His supporters might finally get it. Hitching their political wagon to a man who is essentially unfit for office is not a winning combination. Clorox injections anyone? How about UV lights in your body?

The NY Times reports that Nervous Republicans See Trump Sinking, and Taking Senate With Him. The election is still six months away, but a rash of ominous new polls and the president’s erratic briefings have the G.O.P. worried about a Democratic takeover.

Many Republicans believe President Trump’s daily news briefings are inflicting grave damage on his political standing.

Perhaps most significantly, Mr. Trump’s single best advantage as an incumbent — his access to the bully pulpit — has effectively become a platform for self-sabotage.

That last point is amplified by NY Times columnist Frank Bruni. Injections of Bleach? Beams of Light? Trump Is Self-Destructing Before Our Eyes. The notion that he is bound for four more years is pure superstition.

There’s incessant talk of how fervent his base is, but the many Americans appalled by him have a commensurate zeal. For every Sean Hannity, there’s a Rachel Maddow. For every Kellyanne Conway, a George Conway. She and her ilk may be wily in their defense of the president. He and his tribe are even better in their evisceration of him.

As Katie Rogers and Annie Karni reported in The Times, the president feels isolated and embattled and is panicked that he’ll lose to Joe Biden in November. That state of mind, they wrote, prompted his executive order to halt the issuing of green cards, which is precisely the kind of base-coddling measure that he resorts to “when things feel out of control.”

He can read the polls as well as the rest of us can, and they show that while he stands there nightly in the White House briefing room and blows kisses at himself, Americans aren’t blowing kisses back.

One can hope.

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