President Donald Trump just can’t get a break, it seems. Not only do Democrats hate him. But members of his own party — at least, the establishment-minded ones — are always standing at the ready to take him down and showcase his faults.
This, from Politico:
“Republicans say [Trump] needs to turn things around fast — or the GOP could pay dearly in 2018.”
Really, Republicans — really? Does the GOP always have to go the gloom and doom route on one of its own, yet cave and cower to those of the opposite party?
If Republicans had only spoken so critically of Barack Obama.
More from Politico:
“With the party preparing to defend its congressional majorities in next year’s midterms, senior Republicans are expressing early concern about Trump’s lack of legislative accomplishments, his record-low approval ratings, and the overall dysfunction that’s gripped his administration.
“The stumbles have drawn the attention of everyone from GOP mega-donor Sheldon Adelson, who funneled tens of millions of dollars into Trump’s election and is relied upon to bankroll the party’s House and Senate campaigns, to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Adelson hasn’t contributed to pro-Trump outside groups since the inauguration, a move that’s drawn notice within the party, and McConnell is warning associates that Trump’s unpopularity could weigh down the GOP in the election.
“Potential GOP candidates whom party leaders want to recruit are afraid of walking into a buzz saw, uncertain about what kind of political environment they’ll be facing by the time the midterms come around — and what Trump’s record will look like.
“As tumultuous as Trump’s first 100 days have been, there’s still plenty of time for him to correct course. The president is projecting confidence that the GOP can resuscitate its stalled repeal of Obamacare, pass tax reform, and work with Democrats on a major public works package. Success on those fronts would no doubt calm the GOP’s current jitters.
“But interviews with more than a dozen top Republican operatives, donors and officials reveal a growing trepidation about how the initial days of the new political season are unfolding. And they underscore a deep anxiety about how the party will position itself in 2018 as it grapples with the leadership of an unpredictable president still acclimating to Washington.
“‘It’s not the way you’d want to start a new cycle,’ said Randy Evans, a Republican National Committee member from Georgia. “At some point, they’ve got to find some kind of rhythm, and there is no rhythm yet.’
‘They’ve got to put some drives together,’ he added.
“Appearing Sunday on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” White House chief of staff Reince Priebus pushed back on the suggestion Trump has accomplished little. Among other things, Priebus pointed to the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch and reports that border crossings have plummeted since the start of the new year.
“‘He is fulfilling his promises and doing it at breakneck speed,’ Priebus said.”
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