Trump: Re­sist cam­paign has back­fired, vot­ers want more than ob­struc­tion­ism

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY VA­LERIE RICHARD­SON

Pres­i­dent Trump said Sun­day that the left’s “re­sist” cam­paign has back­fired on Democrats by sad­dling them with a “ter­ri­ble theme” that vot­ers are re­ject­ing.

“That’s a ter­ri­ble word. Think of it. Their theme is ‘re­sist.’ Their theme should be, ‘Let’s get to­gether. En­velop. Let’s get to­gether,’ ” Mr. Trump said in an in­ter­view that aired Sun­day on “Fox & Friends.” “But their theme is re­sist. It’s ob­struc­tion. And the prob­lem is they’ve be­come ob­struc­tion­ist.”

“And the vot­ers — I hap­pen to like it from the stand­point of run­ning for of­fice, but I think it’s a ter­ri­ble theme in terms of get­ting elected, and more im­por­tantly, I think it’s a ter­ri­ble theme for the peo­ple of this coun­try,” the Repub­li­can pres­i­dent said. “Re­sist. Ob­struc­tion. That’s not what [the peo­ple] want.”

The on­go­ing re­sis­tance ef­fort, man­i­fested in reg­u­lar anti-Trump protests and town-hall erup­tions, hasn’t re­sulted in Demo­cratic wins. Democrats have lost four con­tested House spe­cial elec­tions this year de­spite spend­ing heav­ily to link GOP can­di­dates to the Trump White House.

The only House spe­cial elec­tion won by Democrats this year was the June 7 race to suc­ceed for­mer Cal­i­for­nia Rep. Xavier Be­cerra, now the state’s at­tor­ney gen­eral, in a contest that fea­tured two Democrats.

Mr. Trump said the Democrats had only them­selves to blame by push­ing the “re­sist” theme and get­ting be­hind Sen. El­iz­a­beth War­ren of Mas­sachusetts, whom he de­scribed as a “hopeless case” and a “highly over­rated voice.”

“I ac­tu­ally think she’s a hopeless case. I call her Poc­a­hon­tas, and that’s an in­sult to Poc­a­hon­tas,” said Mr. Trump. “I ac­tu­ally think that she is just some­body that’s got a lot of ha­tred, a lot of anger.”

A pro­gres­sive icon and a vo­cal op­po­nent of the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion, Ms. War­ren is con­sid­ered a lead­ing con­tender for the 2020 Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion, but Mr. Trump said he thinks she ac­tu­ally hurt the Democrats in 2016.

“I watched her cam­paign­ing for Hil­lary [Clin­ton], and she was so an­gry,” Mr. Trump said. “Hil­lary would be sit­ting back, lis­ten­ing to her, try­ing to smile, but there were a lot of peo­ple in that au­di­ence that were go­ing, ‘Wow is this what we want? There’s a lot of anger there and hos­til­ity.’”

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Democrats have adopted a re­sist cam­paign against Pres­i­dent Trump. Mr. Trump says vot­ers are re­ject­ing this and don’t like ob­struc­tion­ists.

“That’s a ter­ri­ble word. Think of it. Their theme is ‘re­sist.’ There theme should be ‘Let’s get to­gether. En­velop. Let’s get to­gether,’” said Pres­i­dent Trump on Sun­day.

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