Congressional Republicans are worried about their political futures. Everything they see suggests they’re going to lose control of the House and possibly the Senate in the midterm election, depending on the size of the expected Democratic victory.
What will President Trump do in order to help avert massive election losses by his party? On Monday he unveiled a $1.5 trillion plan for infrastructure and released a budget which would cut trillions from Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. The budget is considered dead on arrival in Congress.
But the real strategy for the White House in the months ahead, according to Axios, involves attempts to divide Americans even further and pander to the far right wing that helped get Trump elected in the first place:
“A source close to the White House [says] that with an eye to getting Republicans excited about voting for Republicans in midterms, the president this year will be looking for ‘unexpected cultural flashpoints’ — like the NFL and kneeling — that he can latch onto in person and on Twitter.”
Yep, the good old GOP culture war is back, but this time the administration plans to put it on steroids, with created issues that are intended to divert attention from the Russia investigation and other scandals that have rocked the White House:
“Trump ‘is going to be looking for opportunities to stir up the base, more than focusing on any particular legislation or issue.'”
Even Democrats know that Trump only has one play if he wants to mitigate election losses the GOP is facing. Matt Bennett, co-founder of the centrist Democratic group Third Way, commented:
“His administration is cranking away on these Potemkin legislative efforts. But what he’s really interested in is storylines revolving around him — driving the conversation with whatever crosses his mind at that moment, and then comes out of his mouth or his fingers.”
So in the months leading up to November, expect more attacks from Trump on African-Americans, immigrants, those on public assistance, and anyone who dares to disagree with his warped view of what makes America great. It could wind up being the ugliest election in the nation’s history.
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