Fox News host Chris Wallace admitted in conversation with fellow talking head Shep Smith that President Donald Trump needs more than just his base to win re-election in 2020.
“If you believe the polls,” Wallace said Friday afternoon, “the majority of people are against the building of the wall and think that there are other ways to do it to secure the border.”
Smith asked if those indicators may be a sign that Trump is “now in a position where he’s going to stay with the base, placate the base and forget everybody else and figure out a way come 2020?”
“You can’t do it,” Wallace responded. “There’s just not enough votes in the base.”
He added that although some polling shows that 35-40 percent of eligible voters are “solid” Trump supporters — and that’s “not enough to win an election.”
“He has to expand his base,” Wallace continued. “One of the things that a lot of political experts have been wondering about is — the president has a lot of leeway with the base. As you pointed out, one of the promises is ‘Mexico will build the wall.’ That seems to have been largely dispensed with now and doesn’t seems to have bothered his base as long as he keeps faith on building the wall.”
Nevertheless, Wallace concluded, “even with that base, it’s not enough.”
Trump melts down on ‘nasty and obnoxious’ Chris Wallace over Fox host’s interview with Steve Scalise
President Donald Trump blew a gasket on Sunday afternoon after seeing -- or possibly just hearing about -- a contentious interview conducted by Fox News Sunday host Chris Wallace with Rep. Steve Scalise (R-LA).
Taking to Twitter, Trump denounced the longtime Fox host as "nasty and obnoxious."
"@SteveScalise blew the nasty & obnoxious Chris Wallace (will never be his father, Mike!) away on Chris’s lowest rated (unless I’m on) morning show. This kind of dumb and unfair interview would never have happened in the @FoxNews past. Great job Steve!" Trump tweeted.
‘They didn’t sign up for this’: Republican analyst says non-GOP voters who went for Trump will dump him over impeachment
Appearing on MSNBC early Sunday morning, Republican adviser Shermichael Singleton was stunned by GOP lawmakers who are still standing by Donald Trump and stated non-Republican voters who went for Trump in 2016 are likely going to abandon the president in 2020.
Speaking with host David Gura, Singleton, who served in the Trump administration at HUD, torched the Republican Party for tying itself to the faltering Trump.
"These people... look, I hate to say this but it's the truth: They're just lying, they're all lying and I have to wonder why?" he began. "Why are they ruining their reputations for Donald Trump who has shown himself throughout this process to not be loyal to anyone but himself?"
With impeachment, Trump has lost control of the news cycle — and he’s not handling it well
We're still a year out from the election, but a strong early contender for the worst take among the chattering classes was the suggestion that Donald Trump secretly wanted to be impeached in order to fire up his base going into 2020. Not only is Trump's based perpetually aggrieved--and constantly told by the conservative press that America will come to a nasty end if the "socialist Democrats" come to power--but this storyline also elided the president's* narcissism.