The 2016 election was more than a rebuke of Hillary Clinton. The country is also shifting away from Obama’s policies. This has apparently been building over time and it’s still going.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Political shift: Nation wants ‘to move away from’ Obama policies
President Trump is starting to emphasize more that he is upsetting policies set by former President Obama, and polling shows that is what the country favors.
At NATO headquarters on Thursday, he emphasized that he was changing Obama-era policies of not pushing for a fairer balance of spending by the alliance on defending Europe.
For example when asked about Russia’s annexation of Crimea, part of the Ukraine, Trump said, “President Obama allowed that to happen. That was on his watch, not on my watch. You know, people like to say, ‘Oh, Crimea.’ But the fact is, they built bridges to Crimea. They just opened a big bridge that was started years ago. They built, I think, a submarine port; substantially added billions of dollars. So that was on Barack Obama’s watch. That was not on Trump’s watch. Would I have allowed it to happen? No, I would not have allowed it to happen. But he did allow it to happen, so that was his determination.”
The latest McLaughlin & Associates poll suggests that Trump has support for distancing himself and policies from Obama.
As recently as January, the country was split on pulling away from or continuing with Obama’s policies.
It will be fascinating to see if this has any bearing on the 2018 midterms.