Forbes (and other news sources) are reporting that the GOP is starting to desert Trump in droves in the wake of his response to the coronavirus and nationwide protests over police brutality.
Trump famously repeats heresay to back up whatever HE wants to believe and spew out, with the catchphrase,
“People are saying…”
With that in mind, here are some actual things Republicans are saying about the president, cited by Forbes‘ Jack Brewster,
- Few Republicans supported Trump’s highly controversial photo-op in front of St. John’s Church (which was made possible only after protesters were cleared with tear gas and flash bangs) and several GOP senators “cringed” at Trump’s tweet Tuesday morning suggesting a 75-year old protester in Buffalo — who was shoved by the police and bled from his head after falling — might be a member of Antifa.
- Trump’s ability to divide the country by discovering wedge issues also appears to have lessened, as some Republican leaders and large swaths of the business community are openly supporting the Black Lives Matter movement, and the White House instead focuses its efforts on the economy, and promoting “law and order,” as the president often tweets.
- Hours after Trump declared that his administration “will not even consider the renaming” of army bases named after confederate generals, the GOP-led Senate Armed Services Committee privately adopted an amendment Wednesday for the Pentagon to remove the names of Confederate generals from military assets within three years, CNN reported.
- Several high profile Republicans have recently said they will not support the president’s reelection bid, including former President George W. Bush, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), and former Secretary of State Colin Powell, the New York Times reports; Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska) told reporters last week she’s “struggling” with whether to vote for the president in November.
- The dissent from inside the GOP also comes on the heels of plummeting poll numbers for Trump: Trump’s approval rating has dropped 10 points since May and has fallen below the 40% mark, according to the latest Gallup poll and polling analysts say the president is in deep trouble come November.
- He’s also facing dissent from the military: Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Mark A. Milley said Thursday he “should not” have been at the church photo-op; Defense Secretary Mark Esper said last week he was opposed to sending active-duty soldiers into American cities; and in a statement published in The Atlantic on June 3, former Defense Secretary James Mattis slammed the photo-op and added he was “angry and appalled” that he has seen police officers “violate the constitutional rights of their fellow citizens.”