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Tue Feb 21, 2017, 10:19 AM

CNN - These Republicans didn't like Trump at first. They do now.

This is why we are not going to take back Congress in 2018 or beat Trump in 2020 without liberals being able to convince people on the ground that Republican policies are wrong. Otherwise, Republicans in Congress will continue to look the other way, because Trump reflects the views of the Republican base. The rich love him because he will cut taxes and environmental protections. The working class whites love him, because he gleefully scapegoats minorities and feminists. You need look no further than Nazi Germany to see just how powerful and popular a fascist message can be.



http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/21/politics/donald-trump-republican-support/

Trump's provocative comments about women and minorities -- including assertions that Mexican immigrants were "rapists," that he could grab women's genitals with impunity and that African Americans had never been worse off than they were last year -- along with his misrepresentation of facts and tendency to boast gave Democrats hope that significant numbers of Republicans, particularly women, would cross party lines and vote for Hillary Clinton. They did not.

When it came time to vote, Republicans were as loyal to their party as Democrats were to theirs. And now, they are standing solidly behind Trump, even as his approval rating is the lowest of any new president in modern times. Trump's 40% approval rating is 21 points below average for a president finishing his first month in office, while his 87% approval rating among Republicans is second only to that of George W. Bush among all GOP presidents elected in the last 65 years, Gallup reported Friday.

Put another way, a greater percentage of Republicans support Trump than backed Ronald Reagan after his first four weeks in the Oval Office.

I called a number of Republicans I met along the campaign trail to find out what they think of Trump now. Some bemoaned his blustery style. None disputed his policies. The reason is simple: They agree with him.

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Reply CNN - These Republicans didn't like Trump at first. They do now. (Original post)
TomCADem Feb 2017 OP
BlueInPhilly Feb 2017 #1
TomCADem Feb 2017 #3
titaniumsalute Feb 2017 #7
Dem2 Feb 2017 #2
TomCADem Feb 2017 #4
wiggs Feb 2017 #5
titaniumsalute Feb 2017 #6

Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Feb 21, 2017, 11:11 AM

1. But this only pertains to Republicans

The electorate is so much more than these Republicans. Sorry, I just cannot just roll over and play dead because some spurious analysis tells me that we would lose the elections again. If your post is meant to discourage The Resistance, I'm afraid you might be wrong.

Remember what Winston Churchill said: "You can always count on Americans to do the right thing - after they've tried everything else."

"Everything else" will be the next 2 years, if what we say would happen would unravel beyond most people's faculty to rationalize. If things are still rosy after 2 years, then we should be more than grateful.

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Response to BlueInPhilly (Reply #1)

Tue Feb 21, 2017, 11:23 AM

3. Who says give up? The opposite...

We can't just assume that everyone agrees with us or that it is so obvious that Trump is a disaster. To the contrary, we need to change minds at a grassroots level.

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Response to TomCADem (Reply #3)

Tue Feb 21, 2017, 11:50 AM

7. Saying every Republican backs him isn't true

I have two fairly died in the wool Republicans who work for me. They don't like Trump. One voted for him but said she doesn't like what he is doing. The other didn't vote for him (I assume Gary Johnson.)

With that said...there is about 15% of Republicans that voted for him that are on the fence according to polling a few weeks back. These people will most likely bail especially if/when we have a market crash.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Feb 21, 2017, 11:12 AM

2. Great - negative scolding that tells me to give up

Because we can't win.

WTF?

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Response to Dem2 (Reply #2)

Tue Feb 21, 2017, 11:25 AM

4. Would your RW friends and family listen to Elizabeth Warren or you?

If EW, then feel free to sit back and let her do the heavy lifting. Otherwiser, we all need to be invested in convincing Trump supporters that he is bad news.

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Feb 21, 2017, 11:46 AM

5. LBJ nailed it. Punching down is the only consistent policy position of the gop. nt

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Response to TomCADem (Original post)

Tue Feb 21, 2017, 11:48 AM

6. I keep saying the only thing that will turn them around

Is a serious economic situation. Or a draft. Or both.

That's it.

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