pThe Democratic Party is already setting the dates for their primaries to find a challenger for President Donald Trump. So far, the usual suspects are taking the lead — Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Beto O’Rourke. While America might want to Feel the Bern, his popularity among registered democrats might not last long, due to his flipping from Independent to Donkey, creating anxiety if he’ll be able to work with a party that he only acknowledges when running for president. Warren and O’Rourke are true believers but are limited in cross-over appeal.
As of right now, Trump is running against himself. The biggest enemy he has is 2016 Trump, who promised to build a wall and change health care. So far zero for two in that narrative. I would argue that his real road to re-election is keeping his favorite news station, Fox News, happy, and right now they are beginning to turn. If he loses Fox, then he loses re-election; it’s just that simple.
Recently, his biggest supporters are turning and turning quite vocally. Staunch conservative pundit Ann Coulter called out Trump’s lack of promised accomplishments, and she received the harshest punishment of all. She was unfollowed by him on Twitter. Like a junior high boy mad at an ex-girlfriend, Trump used the power of the thumb to show his frustration with her critique.
“RealDonaldTrump appears to no longer follow @AnnCoulter,” the Twitter handle @Trumpsalert tweeted. @Trumpsalert describes itself as a bot tracking who Trump and his family follows and unfollows. One point to make is that this bot isn’t able to tell if this was an unfollow, suspension or block.
Here’s the story: Coulter was on the podcast The Daily Caller and called Trump’s presidency “a joke” that will leave “no legacy whatsoever.” This is the same woman who wrote the book In Trump We Trust. She was the biggest fan of his wall and his biggest health care reform.
“Why would you [vote for him again]?” she asked. “To make sure, I don’t know, Ivanka [Trump] and Jared [Kushner] can make money? That seems to be the main point of the presidency at this point.”
Coulter went on to ironically contradict herself by laying out the legacy that Trump will leave behind. “They’re about to have a country where no Republican will ever be elected president again,” she added. “Trump will just have been a joke presidency who scammed the American people, amused the populists for a while, but he’ll have no legacy whatsoever.”
That will be his legacy. He will be the man that destroyed the Republican Party. There are beautiful Republican candidates like Mitt Romney, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, and pundits like Bill Kristol and George Will. The classical GOP models. These are men who have real philosophies and understand that government is the safety net and not the primary way to take care of a country. They have been kicked aside.
Trump still follows Fox News hosts Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham — for now. But if they turn on him, he’ll have nothing left to go to for validation.
Concerning his deal making skills with the DNC, and compromising on the wall, Fox & Friends turned as well. “What a stunning turn of events,” host Steve Doocy said. “If he agrees to the [continuing resolution] which would continue funding the government at the current levels […] he loses and the Democrats will win everything they want.”
“People who voted for him and want the wall and went to the polls to vote for that wall, they want to know how he’s going to do this, and they want to know why he seems to be softening his stance this morning,” co-host Ainsley Earhardt added.
No president has ever had a full news station behind him the way Donald Trump has had. Sure, MSNBC worshipped Barack Obama, but Obama wasn’t using their talking points to create policy and then in turn, the network was praising the president for those policies.
The greatest antagonist to Trump is the man who ran as the GOP candidate in the last election. While Trump has some notches to brag about like the tax cut and getting two conservative judges on the Supreme Court, if he loses Fox News, he will lose everything.