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The Republican brand is sinking with Trump at the helm

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In May of last year, when it became apparent that Donald Trump had won the Republican primary, conservatives across the country were faced with a dismal choice between Hillary Clinton and a Hillary Clinton donor. Some caved, clinging to the lesser of two evils argument. Some became NeverTrump, claiming he was just as bad. Some, like me, argued that he wasn’t actually a lesser evil because he supported Planned Parenthood, abused eminent domain, supported gun control, higher taxes, and socialized medicine. On top of all that, his vulgar demeanor would destroy the only vehicle constitutional conservatives had, the Republican brand, in the process.

What was obvious to many of us was that he would play right into the Left’s playbook. The Left had been trying for years to portray anyone on the Right as being selfish, greedy, bigoted pigs. Up to that point, this portrayal was only a straw man… a caricature. Giving them Trump as the leader of the Republican Party was a gift because he would be on display to confirm that caricature every day for the next four years. The Left, as they always do, would once again say that Republicans are selfish, greedy, bigoted pigs, but this time they could rest their case simply by pointing to the President. All those years we spent denying accusations that Republicans were bigots were nullified by nominating the only man among all the candidates who fit their description to a T.

So, where are we now? Were we blowing it out of proportion? What does the country think of Republicans now, with Trump as their leader? What do his supporters think of him now, after his apparent DACA flip-flop? What does the world think?

One thing is clear: A growing number of Americans associate Trump with division. In a recent Fox News poll, 56% of Americans believe Trump is tearing the country apart.

Poll after poll after poll has found a majority of Americans to believe Trump is a racist or a bigot.

On the international stage, America’s approval rating in the world has dropped from 64% under Obama to 49% under President Trump. So there you have it.

I’m not writing to say I told you so, but… Wait – Yes I am. That’s exactly what I told you!

Perspectives

Poll: 56 percent say Trump ‘tearing the country apart’ – POLITICO

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/08/30/trump-tearing-country-apart-242188The findings underscore a string of increasingly negative perceptions of the Trump White House, which continues to register low ratings on a wide array of issues, including its handling of North Korea, Russia, the environment, health care and race relations, with a majority of voters registering disapproval of each. A majority of voters did not approve of Trump’s handling of any of the major policy areas covered in the poll.

 

 

 

Majority of Americans believe Trump is ‘tearing the country apart’: poll | Lia Eustachewich, New York Post

http://nypost.com/2017/08/31/majority-of-americans-believe-trump-is-tearing-the-country-apart-poll/A majority of Americans believe President Trump is “tearing the country apart,” and nearly two-thirds are unhappy with the direction the US is headed, a new Fox News poll has found.

Forty-eight percent said they had a “strongly unfavorable” impression of Trump. Thirty-six percent marked him favorable — the highest of the three leaders. Pelosi got a 30 percent rating and Ryan received 31 percent in the “favorable” categories.

 

America’s global standing plummets under Donald Trump

https://www.economist.com/blogs/graphicdetail/2017/06/daily-chart-19America’s president is often described as the “leader of the free world”. Mr Trump may be making that moniker an anachronism. Given his reluctance to reiterate America’s commitment to NATO’s collective-defence policy, it is little wonder that Angela Merkel, Germany’s chancellor and a staunch defender of liberal internationalism, inspires more confidence than Mr Trump does. However, he also fell short of leaders with far weaker democratic credentials. Even autocrats like Xi Jinping of China and Vladimir Putin scored better.

 

Final thoughts

He never was a lesser evil. Politicians talk out of both sides of their mouth. So you must look at what they do. “But Dan, he wasn’t a politician!” You’re right. But the reason we hate politicians is because they sell out their principles and make shady deals. Well, who do you think they make deals with? Shady businessmen who rub elbows for their own personal favor… Not unlike the very man who won the Republican primary.

Deep down, those who pulled the lever for him knew. They knew he was a terrible option and they knew that he really didn’t represent them in any way. But what else could you do, right? Let Hillary win? No, you could stand by your principles and stand for what you believe. After all, what good is knowing yourself and your principles if you’re not prepared to stand by them when the choices are hard?

A full time engineer by trade, Dan is a conservative, Christian, father, and veteran. He considers himself a rebel against the dominant liberal culture.

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