Trump's fear tactics are starting to fade on Republicans -- and some 2020 contenders are distancing themselves
Donald Trump (AFP / SAUL LOEB)

On Monday, New York Times columnists Michael Tackett and Maggie Haberman detailed how President Donald Trump's fear tactics are starting to wear off. Trump is known for using a fearful leadership style to govern the country.


"Mr. Trump has shown little inclination to modulate his style, and that carries risks," they wrote.

Trump has demanded loyalty from Republicans, however, his fear tactics have not stopped the GOP from rebuking him. The report explains that Republicans are starting to no longer fear Trump, and have even stood up to him.

"He could well face a challenge for the Republican nomination in 2020, and congressional Republicans from swing states could begin to distance themselves from him," the wrote.

"One of the clearest signals came last week when Republicans, backing an amendment offered by Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky and the majority leader, opposed the president’s call for a withdrawal of the United States military forces from Syria and Afghanistan as part of a Middle East policy bill. Only three Republicans voted against it," they wrote.

Trump has used fear to make up for his lack of political experience.

"His lack of experience in politics and diplomacy, which require policy knowledge, team building, and nuanced negotiating ability, has left him at a decided disadvantage despite his boasts about his deal-making prowess."

Read the full report here.