In a new Op-Ed for TheHill, Fox News contributor Juan Williams argues that Trump’s base is beginning to crack.
Here is a checklist for fans of the “greatest of all presidents.”
Where’s the wall — and is Mexico paying for it?
Where’s the fabulous plan to replace ObamaCare?
Where’s the deal with North Korea to end their nuclear threat?
Where’s the racial healing in retweeting a supporter shouting “white power”?
Oh, didn’t he tell you in February the virus was going to magically disappear and then repeat it to you last week after more than 125,000 Americans died from it?
Now that’s a record of failure.
And here is one more question on empty promises for Trump’s biggest fans, white evangelicals:
Has Trump delivered for you after the Supreme Court’s recent rulings in support of gay rights and abortion rights?
Trump’s standing with evangelicals started fraying before the court’s decisions.
First, the failure to protect the country from the virus hurt him, especially with seniors.
Then evangelicals of all ages saw a lack of Christian empathy in his attacks on people standing together, across racial lines, to protest police brutality. “We’re one race and we need to love each other,” said Pat Robertson, a major evangelical leader.
To shore up his base, Trump is now resorting to open appeals to white racial grievance.
He has retweeted videos of black and white people fighting. Last week, he retweeted a video of a white St. Louis couple holding guns to threaten people marching for racial justice.
Putting fear into his white base — to get them back in line — can be seen in his damning comments on protestors. They are all “thugs,” and “hoodlums,” even as the instances of rioting are few amid overwhelmingly peaceful demonstrations.
Similarly, Trump’s strategy includes demonizing people pulling down statues of Confederate generals. He says they are “terrorists.” He refuses to admit the damage done by ever-present symbols of white supremacy, including the Confederate flag.
So, exactly which white people are the audience for Trump’s acid politics?
Trump won 57 percent of the white vote in 2016. One-third of that support came from white evangelicals. Another 20 percent of Trump’s 2016 base of support came from white Catholics, according to a Pew Research Center analysis.
That means white evangelicals and white Catholics made up half of the people who voted for Trump in 2016.
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