A So-Called President’s Unprecedented Unpopularity
Trump stepped in it on a number of levels yesterday morning in calling the judge who blocked his Muslim ban a so-called judge. It now puts more pressure on Trump’s SJC nominee who will now be asked to criticize Trump’s attack on a federal judge.
Asking Gorsuch to condemn Trump’s comments shouldn’t be that hard as Mitch McConnell has already condemned them.
It also gave Democrats a new nickname for Trump: ‘The so-called President.’ Always a mistake to attack others in a way that reminds us of your own weaknesses. Trump is not a legitimate President so whenever he tries to tar others in this way it reminds us who is really illegitimate.
Tom Nichols misses the point:
“Still furious over the outcome of the election, Trump’s critics seize on every move as if there is a Watergate moment to be found if only they look hard enough. But even Nixon didn’t fall to a sudden scandal: He was a deeply consequential president who governed his way to a reelection landslide before his eventual resignation.”
Sure but Nixon wasn’t at 42% popularity in February 1969 either:
Trump approve/disapprove now 42/53 in Gallup tracker. The -11 net disapproval is his worst so far. pic.twitter.com/qcjuplofkk
— Steve Koczela (@skoczela) February 5, 2017
Remarkably poor numbers for a two-week old presidency https://t.co/lIuSt4JpqO
— Will Jordan (@williamjordann) February 5, 2017
The fact that it took Nixon 5 and a half years to implode doesn’t mean Trump faces the same exact trajectory. Everything with Trump tends to be accelerated. Nixon didn’t have his own Watergate till the 1972 election. But from there till impeachment was just a year and a half.
Nixon was in many ways Trump’s prototype. Interestingly, according to Roger Stone-never underestimate Roger Stone who is the link between Tricky Dick and Herr Trump-it was Nixon who first suggested to Stone Trump’s potential in George Steinbrenner’s press box in 1987.
Stone who was a leader in taking down Elliot Spritzer is a major ‘witness of interest’ in any future investigation into Trump and his campaign’s Russian ties. First question for the old Nixon man: did he or did he not meet with Julian Assange? He claimed to have done so in front of a Florida crowd in August but later said it was just an associate of his who did so. Then who was this ‘associate?’ Sean Hannity? Pamela Anderson?
Nixon was a lot smarter than Trump in the sense that he knew that things like protocols and norms mattered. He was never blunt publicly in the way that Trump is. Time will tell if Trump’s hidden in plain sight strategy somehow works miracles as the Scott Adams types think.
But one week before Trump was even sworn in, the Senate GOP under the control of his own party had agreed to set up an intelligence panel on Trump and Russia. The question was where there any links between the Trump campaign and Russia during the campaign? Did anyone-particularly Roger Stone, Carter Page, or Paul Manafort-receive payments from Russia.
So a week before his Inauguration even members of his own party agreed that the question of whether Trump committed treason was a live issue that needed to be investigated.
So it’s possible that Trump could be impeached in his first term-which would not necessarily lead to his resignation-unless his own party decided that was for the best.
You would imagine that you need a Dem House to achieve impeachment. And a Dem House is not a pipe dream when you consider that they need 24 seats and there are nearly as many districts that GOP Congressmen won that was won by Hillary Clinton at the Presidential level.
If the Dems come in 2018 then there will be lots of hearings in the next two years with real teeth. But even without that, Trump’s popularity is a very important variable. If it continues to get worse then at some point GOPers in Congress are going to see some value in distancing themselves from him.
Particularly as they are already getting whacked at all these town halls.
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