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Trump’s presidency is backfiring as the public grows more and more opposed to his views: report

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Watching clips from recent rallies in red states, it is obvious that President Donald Trump continues to be wildly popular among his hardcore far-right base. But that base is by no means representative of the United States on the whole. And journalist David A. Graham, in a report for The Atlantic, explains that not only is Trump failing to expand his base — he is, more and more, out of touch with public opinion.

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“Recent polling shows that Donald Trump has managed to reshape American attitudes to a remarkable extent on a trio of his key issues: race, immigration and trade,” Graham observes. “There’s just one catch: the public is turning against Trump’s views.”

Graham, in his article, goes on to prove his point. For example, Graham notes, Trump has “long sought to use racial tension to gain political leverage,” but a Reuters poll found that Americans “were more likely to empathize with African-Americans” — including “whites without a college degree,” who played an important role in Trump’s victory over Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in 2016.

Graham goes on to report that according to Reuters, the number of whites who believe that “America must protect and preserve its White European heritage” has decreased by 9% since August 2018.

Citing data from Duke University political scientist Ashley Jardina, Graham adds that the “number of Americans who espouse white identity politics” has decreased by 10% since Trump took office in January 2017.

At the same time, according to Graham, the Trump era has “radicalized Democrats” — especially white Democrats, who Graham describes as being “actually more liberal on race” than non-white Democrats.

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Immigration has been one of Trump’s main issues, and Graham notes that “white Americans are 19% more supportive of a path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants than they were four years ago, and slightly less supportive of increased deportations” (according to Reuters). Moreover, Graham observes, 75% of Americans — which he describes as a “record high” — said, in 2018, that they believed immigration is good for the U.S.

“One big problem for Trump is that voters have now gotten a chance to see him implement ideas that seemed novel or at least worth a shot during the campaign, and they don’t like what they’re seeing in practice,” Graham asserts. A trade war with China, Graham explains, “might have seemed worthwhile” in 2016, but a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll found released on August 18 found that 64% of Americans now view free trade as a positive thing — compared to 57% in 2017 or 55% in 2016.

Graham concludes his piece by stressing that if public opinion continues to move away from Trumpism, the president’s rally-the-base strategy could prove problematic for him in 2020.

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“With his focus on increasing racial divisions, stoking immigration fears and fighting a trade war, President Trump is poised to stake his reelection on turning out the same base that he did in 2016 — and hoping that those voters who elected Barack Obama but stayed home rather than cast a ballot for Hillary Clinton will take a pass once again,” Graham stresses. “But Trump’s margin of victory in 2016 was razor-thin, because he lost the popular vote and won key midwestern states by only a few tens of thousands of votes. If anti-racist voters remain more enthused than prejudiced ones, it’s difficult to see how he would repeat that feat.”


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Lev Parnas has Trump ‘unnerved’: ex-FBI official says the president doesn’t know what he ‘has up his sleeve’

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President Donald Trump is "very nervous" about what Lev Parnas may have on him, a former top FBI official suggested on MSNBC on Friday.

Former FBI Assistant Director for Counterintelligence was interviewed by MSNBC's Peter Alexander.

The host played clips of Trump denying any relationship with Parnas.

"Well, I don't know him, I don't know Lev Parnas, other than I guess I had pictures taken -- which I do with thousands of people," Trump argued. "I don't know him at all, don't know what he's about, don't where he comes from. I can tell you this -- I don't know him. I don't believe I've ever spoken to him. I don't believe I've ever spoken to him."

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Trump is now feuding with Iran’s Supreme Leader on Twitter: ‘Make Iran Great Again!’

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President Donald Trump is now replying directly to Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei on Twitter.

I Friday, Khamenei tweeted a screenshot of a Trump tweet, with a message of his own.

"The villainous US govt repeatedly says that they are standing by the Iranian ppl. They lie. If you are standing by the Iranian ppl, it is only to stab them in the heart with your venomous daggers," Khamenei posted.

"Of course, you have so far failed to do so, & you will certainly continue to fail," he added.

https://twitter.com/khamenei_ir/status/1218141834842660864

Trump retweeted the message, adding his own argument.

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‘Contempt of Congress is illegal’ declared one of Trump’s newest attorneys – just days before the House voted to impeach

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One of the lesser-known names on the new list of lawyers President Donald Trump approved to defend him during the Senate impeachment trial delivered a damning remark last month – damning for President Trump, that is.

"Contempt of Congress is illegal," said Robert Ray, who served as the final Whitewater independent counsel after Ken Starr.

The Washington Post's Paul Waldman and Greg Sargent report Ray made the stunning remark – one of the Articles of Impeachment essentially is contempt of Congress, or technically, obstruction of Congress – to The Daily Signal, a right wing website run by the conservative Heritage Foundation.

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