Influential TV satirists such as Stephen Colbert, John Oliver or Samantha Bee take delight in picking over the shortcomings of an administration led by a former reality TV star who owes much of his success to “The Apprentice.”
The entertainment world in general, stuffed with vocal Hillary Clinton supporters, has seen myriad celebrities willing to attack Trump in public from Meryl Streep to Michael Moore, from Bruce Springsteen to Snoop Dogg.
Then there are thousands of anonymous people taking part in the resistance, those in the “Indivisible” movement who turn up at Congressional constituency meetings to heckle lawmakers and condemn the most controversial policies.
“Many were to be expected,” says Robert Shapiro, political science professor at Columbia University. “The country has been polarized for years.”
But Democrats are not automatically picking up the mantel as defenders of the common man. According to a Washington PostABC News poll, Americans think the Democrats are more out of touch than either Trump or the Republicans.
And if the Democrat-leaning opposition irritates the president, a bigger threat comes from dissonant voices within Trump’s own party, namely Senators John McCain and Lindsey Graham, particularly vocal on Russian interference in the election.
“That’s very significant,” said Shapiro. So too was the failure in late March to even table a vote on repealing the Obamacare health care law in the Republican majority House -- which risks eroding his support base.
“Supporters for the most part have not abandoned him, but their enthusiasm has tempered off,” said Shapiro.