Juan Williams Writes “GOP needs quarantine from Trump”

In a new Op-Ed for the Hill, Fox News regular Juan Williams argues that President Trump may be hurting the GOP party.

Williams also claims some Republicans will be seeking “political shelter” from associating with the President.

Williams writes:

Forget President Trump’s critics among Democrats and even in the media.

Suddenly the hot question is whether Trump’s support among Republicans on Capitol Hill is withering.

First came the memo warning Senate Republicans up for reelection: “Don’t defend Trump, other than the China Travel Ban — attack China.”

The advice to seek political shelter at a distance from Trump arrived from the National Republican Senatorial Committee. Given Senate Republicans’ record of blindly defending Trump, the memo signaled a new reality.

GOP senators for the first time see their political future as separate from Trump’s bid for a second term.

Further reason to distance from the president came from an ad attacking four Senate Republicans up for reelection for their record of “spineless servility” to Trump. The ad was paid for by anti-Trump Republicans.

And the biggest sign of internal GOP division was Trump’s threat to sue his campaign manager.

Trump was upset that Brad Parscale sent him polls showing him losing the White House to former Vice President Joe Biden.

“I’m not f—ing losing to Joe Biden,” President Trump said on a call with his senior campaign staff last week, according to multiple sources who spoke to The Associated Press.

But losing, you are, Mr. President. Parscale’s data fits with both public and internal campaign polling.

Trump is losing in national polls and in key swing states. He is even losing among people over 65, according to the Wall Street Journal. Biden’s lead grew after the president’s infamous suggestion that injecting disinfectant into the human body could wipe out the deadly virus.

An NPR–PBS NewsHour–Marist poll out last week found a majority — 55 percent — of Americans disapprove of Trump’s handling of the pandemic — an increase of 6 points since last month.

Some political forecasts are outright scary for Republicans. Political scientist Rachel Bitecofer published an election forecast for the Niskanen Center which predicts a “blue tsunami” as the “most likely outcome.”

The latest USA Today–Suffolk poll shows that if the election were held today, Biden would beat Trump by 10 points in a nationwide head-to-head match-up.

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