Donald Trump Escalates His Feud with McConnell with a Month to Go Before the Midterm Elections
President Donald Trump escalated his feud with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Tuesday, launching a direct attack on the leader of his own party in the middle of an election campaign as he battles to keep control of Congress.
In an early morning tweet, Trump ripped into McConnell and blamed him for Republicans’ struggles to achieve legislative victories this year, writing that the only problem I have with Mitch McConnell is that, after hearing Repeal & Replace for 7 years, he failed! That should NEVER have happened!
Who else is unhappy with Mitch McConnell
President Donald Trump’s tweet is the latest in an ongoing feud between the two men. Earlier this month, McConnell said Trump had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process. The Senate leader also said Trump doesn’t understand how Congress works and that his legislative style has been very disruptive.
Not surprisingly, Donald Trump hit back on Twitter at that time, saying that McConnell should stop blocking things like healthcare and tax reform. He tweeted:
How will this affect Donald Trump’s approval rating?
This is the latest in a long line of attacks from Donald Trump on his own party leaders, but it’s unclear how this latest attack will affect Trump’s approval ratings. Trump has repeatedly demonstrated that he doesn’t care about polls and statistics, instead focusing on his own ego and how he views himself as president.
It’s very likely that many Republicans will feel like they’re backing an unpopular leader who is making their jobs more difficult, which could lead to Republicans in Congress not wanting to back him or help him pass his agenda. This situation could make it even harder for Republicans in Congress since they’ll be dealing with an unpredictable President while also trying to get people elected during these midterm elections.
Could more Republicans lose their seats in 2018?
This escalation in tensions is not good news for Republicans in general, and it could be especially bad news for Republicans in tight reelection races. This week, Trump went on the offensive against Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) when he blamed him for not delivering enough votes on health care.
Donald Trump also endorsed one of McConnell’s potential primary challengers and criticized his wife’s electoral record. Senator Mitch McConnell said I had ‘excessive expectations,’ but I don’t think so, Donald Trump tweeted early Wednesday morning. After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?
Does this damage his chances for re-election in 2020?
This is yet another distraction for Trump that is guaranteed to stir up passion among his base. A new Quinnipiac poll found Trump’s approval rating at 36% and disapproval rating at 58%. In addition, 56% of voters polled said they want Democrats in control of Congress. However, it’s unclear how this will affect his 2020 re-election chances as early as November of this year.
Trump said during an event in Kentucky on Monday that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell needs to get back to work and stop allowing Democrats have more say than Republicans. The latest shots fired at McConnell come after Trump publicly criticized him last week for failing to repeal Obamacare, despite having Republican majorities in both chambers. Trump’s comments also come as Republicans prepare for what is widely expected to be a difficult election cycle given historical trends against incumbents in their first terms.
After Trump made his original comments about McConnell last week, the two attempted to reconcile their differences over golf, but it’s unclear if there have been any lasting effects. It’s not uncommon for politicians who are from different parties or branches of government to criticize each other through public statements that are likely crafted by their respective staff.
The stats behind what makes a politician unpopular
A September poll of registered voters by ABC News and The Washington Post found that just 29 percent of Americans believe Republicans are doing an excellent or good job handling the economy. Just 25 percent say they think Republicans do an excellent or good time on taxes and 20 percent approve of how they’re doing on immigration.
Additionally, an August Gallup poll found that Donald Trump’s approval rating is at its lowest point in his term so far. Only 37 percent of respondents approve of how Trump is doing as president, down from 39 percent in July. And a recent CNN poll found that only 38 percent of Americans would vote for Republicans in their district.
The Democrats have always held at least some advantage going into 2018 based on historical trends, but their lead has been cut in half since February, according to an August analysis by FiveThirtyEight’s Nate Silver.
Will it hurt Republicans’ chances in November?
Republicans in Congress have been struggling for most of 2018, and Trump’s attacks on top Republicans just make things more difficult for them. With November’s midterm elections less than a month away, it’s not surprising that Mitch McConnell is lashing out at Trump.
The GOP needs to be united in their efforts to turn out Republican voters – but instead, Trump has made his personal beef with Mitch McConnell into a national story that will likely only serve to further divide the party. However, it is unlikely this will hurt Republicans’ chances in November because Democrats are divided and unpopular.
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