As Republican leaders are moving to save Donald Trump, they’re also moving to kill the GOP brand and the party itself.
(Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post) The president’s campaign has spent the past year branding his rivals as “losers” and “disloyal,” and as a result, he’s made it clear that he intends to continue to use them as a way to discredit the party and make it look bad.
In a speech Monday, he again threatened to withdraw the nomination of Sens.
Ted Cruz Rafael (Ted) Edward CruzBredesen says he won’t back Schumer for Senate Dem leader Webb: The new mob: Anti-American Dems Ignored Latino vote will be key in 2018 MORE (R-Texas) and Marco Rubio Marco Antonio RubioTrump, GOP regain edge in national polls House Intelligence Committee to subpoena Fusion GPS co-founder after Russia probe GOP senator accuses Trump of trying to cover up Russian interference MORE (Fla.) and warned that the party could suffer a “disastrous defeat” if it loses its core supporters.
And while he hasn’t been as clear about what that will entail, he has said he will use the GOP to try to get voters to come to the polls and “take back” the House.
That strategy has failed to resonate with the GOP base, and a new poll published Monday by the Pew Research Center found that the president is still lagging behind in the party.
According to the poll, just 14 percent of registered Republicans support him, compared to a majority of independents who back him.
Trump’s unpopularity has continued to increase over the past month, and the GOP is losing ground among voters who identify as white, male and under 35.
Among these groups, only 13 percent of whites support him.
Meanwhile, Trump has lost ground among younger voters, the GOP’s largest demographic, with only 27 percent of voters under 30 backing him compared to 50 percent of the GOP electorate.
His numbers with white voters have also declined since last week, with 31 percent of these voters backing him while 37 percent oppose him.
In short, the president’s unpopularities and the increasingly unpopular Republican Party continue to hurt the GOP.
Trump is not the only Republican president who has suffered from his party’s slide over the years.
President Bill Clinton William (Bill) Jefferson ClintonFeehery: ‘I didn’t know Bill Clinton would be the one to endorse me’ Overnight Health Care: Senators target surprise medical bills | Groups furious over new Trump immigration bill | GOP to delay funding for family planning programs | FDA launches anti-vaping campaign for teens MORE (who led the Democratic Party for eight years) and Vice President Al Gore William (Al) GoreClinton to hold fundraiser for husband who died from cancer in state where he campaigned Former President Bill and Hillary ClintonWilliam (Alas) William Jefferson ClintonOvernight Healthcare: Senators delay Kavanaugh confirmation for one-week | Trump to leave public health fund | GOP launches anti, anti-vaccine campaign | GOP senators introduce bill to end Medicaid expansion Trump admin pushes back on keeping Medicaid expansion, says it will save lives MORE (the last Democratic president) were also both Republicans in their respective parties who lost elections.
The two men won reelection by a combined 16 points in 1992.
In both cases, the party did well in the wake of the scandals and lost the presidency.
But neither of them managed to survive the fallout.
And in both cases they went on to be reelected.
In Clinton’s case, he was impeached in the first impeachment trial and lost by just a single vote, and in Gore’s case he lost by a wide margin.
The GOP is in a similar situation.
For the past few decades, the Republican Party has been losing its appeal and losing the popular vote to Democrats and independents.
In 2016, it was the only major party to lose the popular-vote vote to a Democrat, according to exit polls.
And since 1992, the only time the GOP has been able to win the House and the Senate, it has done so by a slim margin.
And with the presidential race now in its third week, the loss of support among Republicans is no longer just a Democratic problem.
It is a Republican problem.
The president has been at the center of a major scandal and the Republicans are struggling to rally their base.
And the party is struggling to find a way of staying relevant in a fractured country that is still struggling to recover from a catastrophic recession.
The White House’s plan to save the GOP from itself is to “kill” the brand.
Here are four reasons why the strategy will fail: The Trump-Trump strategy is a political loser.
Trump won the 2016 election by using his bully pulpit and the bully pulp he used was the GOP, and he has done everything in his power to keep that bully pulpe in his face.
But Trump has also failed to do much of anything in his own power to make it work.
First, the Trump administration is