Trump is the biggest loser in American politics since Ronald Reagan.
But that doesn’t mean he’s been able to shake off the stain of his 2016 defeat, which has left him reeling from an investigation into whether he and his campaign colluded with Russian officials to undermine the election.
“I think there’s been a certain amount of shame,” said former Sen. Joe Lieberman, R-Conn., who served as Trump’s running mate in the 2016 election.
“The public’s been so consumed by the scandal, the Russians’ hacking of our election and all the negative things that have happened that they’ve forgotten what was going on and the issues that they care about.”
The Democrats, who lost a historic majority in the House of Representatives and a presidential election to Trump, have long struggled to build a unified response to his presidency.
Democrats, in particular, have struggled to rally the country to their side as they look to take back control of the House and Senate, which Trump won handily with a 52-46 margin.
“It’s not just the Democrats that have had to contend with the fallout from Trump’s election loss, but also the Republicans,” said Peter Fritsch, a Democratic strategist and former senior adviser to Vice President Joe Biden.
“They’ve got to deal with the fact that they have lost control of both chambers of Congress.
“So, it’s a really difficult environment to be in right now.””
Former President Barack Obama, who won the White Senate and the House in 2016, is expected to face questions about the Russia investigation this week when he delivers a State of the Union address to Congress. “
So, it’s a really difficult environment to be in right now.”
Former President Barack Obama, who won the White Senate and the House in 2016, is expected to face questions about the Russia investigation this week when he delivers a State of the Union address to Congress.
But Democrats are looking ahead to 2020, when they hope to recapture control of statehouses and governorships in the Rust Belt.
“We’ve got a real good opportunity to recaptures a lot of the control that Democrats had in the statehouses,” Fritch said.
“It’s the states that are going to have to do a better job of making it clear that they don’t trust Donald Trump and he’s not their guy, that they want him in charge of the country.”
Republicans, meanwhile, are hoping to make a comeback after a string of failed congressional bids.
Sen. Luther Strange, R of Alabama, was the first Republican to win the Senate seat vacated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions in 2020.
But after Trump won the presidency, Republicans in the Senate took a step back in 2019.
Sen. John McCain, R -Ariz., said Democrats have a long way to go before regaining the majority.
“I think in 2020, we have to take a hard look at ourselves and say, ‘We have a path to victory,'” he said.
Trump’s inability to rally his party has also hurt his approval ratings.
Gallup recently found that nearly half of Americans said they were dissatisfied with the way Trump handled his transition team.
A majority of Democrats said the same, according to Gallup.
Democrats were also hurt by the resignation of Trump ally and longtime Republican strategist Steve Bannon, who was ousted in a July announcement.
That could be one of the reasons why some of his former staffers are leaving the party.
Former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski is now with the far-right Breitbart News Network, and Bannon was also ousted in the aftermath of Trump’s inauguration.
Former Trump strategist and longtime Trump adviser Roger Stone, who has previously said that Trump’s presidency was “a catastrophe,” is now working on a new book, “The People’s History of the United State of America,” which he says is a “historic and provocative work.”
Stone has also called Trump a “braggart” and an “elitist” and said he has “serious doubts about the president’s legitimacy” after being fired from Trump Tower in early 2017.
The president has also been dealing with fallout from the Russia probe, with Trump’s former national security adviser Michael Flynn, his son-in-law Jared Kushner and other White House aides facing charges for their alleged involvement in the probe.
“Trump’s been the biggest victim of this entire thing,” said Republican strategist Katie Packer.
“Trump has been the president of the republic.
He’s going to need a lot more help than he has at the moment. “
There’s a lot to do about.
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He’s got to do what he can to make sure he can get back to being a successful president.”
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