March 17, 2020 | Reading Time: < 1 minute

Why is Trump so weak?

Everyone agrees the president is weak, but few people understand why. Sure, Donald Trump is a lying, thieving, philandering sadist. That’s never helped his popularity. But I don’t think that alone explains his weakness. I have another theory you might like. You can’t really be a popular president when you’re leading a party that a…

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Everyone agrees the president is weak, but few people understand why. Sure, Donald Trump is a lying, thieving, philandering sadist. That’s never helped his popularity. But I don’t think that alone explains his weakness. I have another theory you might like.

You can’t really be a popular president when you’re leading a party that a dozen years ago turned its back on majoritarian politics. Once you’ve done that—once you’ve voted for a president willing to call other Americans “human scum”—there’s no going back.

If you start as a president of the GOP, you can’t later be president of the United States.

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John Stoehr is the editor of the Editorial Board. He writes the daily edition open and available to all. Find him @johnastoehr.

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