When President Trump first announced his candidacy the GOP was not sure if he was a true conservative. Many GOP lawmakers spoke out against Trump. But then the unthinkable happened: Trump won the 2016 presidential election. At which point, the GOP had no choice but to rally behind him.
Fast-forward to eleven months into his first year as President, and many top Republicans and pundits are arguing that Trump is doing irreversible damage to the Republican Party as a whole. In fact, during Thursday’s “Morning Joe,” MSNBC host Joe Scarborough asserted that President Trump is on a clear trajectory towards a “historic loss in the midterms.”
The frequent Trump critic explained, “Republicans think right now that they can just skate and Donald Trump can tweet misogynist things about Democratic senators and he can tweet racist things.” The host continued to cite his response to the white nationalist rally Virgina earlier this year. “He can go to Charlottesville and find something nice to say about neo-Nazis,” he asserted.
Scarborough went on to speculate on the GOP’s perspective of Trump. “Republicans think, ‘Oh, you know what, he’ll be gone in a couple years.'” He then pointed out that they were wrong and argued that Trump is “destroying the Republican Party for years to come.”
The former Republican congressman, who left the GOP in the summer of last year, went on to point out several polls that show Trump’s approval rating hanging by a thread just above 35%. The Quinnipiac University poll found 36% of respondents approve of the way Trump is performing as President, compared with 59% who disapprove. Do you think the Republicans are going to see some serious upsets in 2018?