Repub­li­can rebels

Mizzima Business Weekly - - US WATCH -

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.

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