It’s official. The swamp creatures inside the beltway are completely out of touch with the people. They clearly still do not understand the wave of anti-establishment party politics that put Trump into office. And they really don’t understand that we don’t want to go back to business as usual.
What would ever make people think America would get behind these Republicans to oust Trump?
Any challenger to Trump would face enormous hurdles.
The president remains popular among Republican voters, even as he endures historically low approval numbers at large. In most polls, around 80 percent of GOP voters give Trump the thumbs-up. Still, Trump would become much more vulnerable if Republicans suffered major losses in the midterm elections set for November 2018.
Here they are:
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.)
In his “This Week” interview, Flake conspicuously left the door open to a White House run.
“I don’t rule anything out,” he said, even as he acknowledged a 2020 run was not currently in his plans.
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.)
Sasse has taken the fight to Trump on his own territory: Twitter.
Responding to a June tweet from the president that alleged that he had seen TV anchor Mika Brzezinski bleeding as a result of cosmetic surgery, Sasse tweeted, “Please just stop. This isn’t normal and it’s beneath the dignity of your office.”
New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez (R)
Martinez and Trump have a checkered history.
In May 2016 then-candidate Trump appeared at a rally in Martinez’s state, only to criticize her. “She’s got to do a better job, OK?” Trump told a crowd in Albuquerque.
At that point, Martinez had already been critical of Trump’s rhetoric on immigration.
Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R)
Kasich, one of the many Republicans Trump vanquished in the 2016 primary, has been less coy than most about the possibility of making another run for the White House.
An October New York magazine profile insisted he was “plotting his path” for another campaign.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas)
The conventional wisdom is that a challenger against Trump is likely to come from a more centrist position. But conventional wisdom has usually been wrong when it comes to this president.
A challenge from the right might have more of a chance of success, given the weak position of centrists within the GOP right now.
Yawn. Any one of these candidates could quite possibly be committing political suicide by challenging Trump.