President Trump’s approval rating among the GOP dropped from a “career high” of 87 percent in July to 74 percent at the end of October. Trump fatigue may be setting in.
Since polling started, Trump is the only president who has never had an overall approval rating greater than 50 percent. Polls are based on how one is perceived, and Trump’s boorish assaults are driving his public perception into a ditch.
Divisive politics of “us against them,” instigating and agitating differing factions mostly based on exaggerations, half-truths and outright lies are short sighted transactions to rev up the base. Eventually, even his staunchest supporters are left only with defending bad acts, claiming “others did it too,” twisting themselves into pretzels to explain his actions and conjuring up conspiracy theories, eventually becoming bitter jokes, often seen as ill-informed outcasts.
Where does it end? Career public servants, national security institutions, distinguished ambassadors, war veterans, Gold Star parents, urban dwellers, minorities, immigrants, women — the list goes on — all adversaries in Trump-land. How far can you go before all your countrymen are enemies? They will eventually recognize Trump is the reason why. Did I mention all the wrongdoing? There’s an impeachment inquiry going on.
After three years in office, how does he expand his base? Whom hasn’t he assaulted? And his only accomplishment has been proving he’s unfit for office.
A country divided into fractional hate groups fighting each other isn’t sustainable. Leaders bring opposing parties together rather than encourage more divisions.