One of the main reasons why Democrats are so unwilling to work with Republicans and Trump is because they’re terrified that their base will desert them. They’re hoping for wins in 2018 and they can’t do that without their core supporters.
The Washington Examiner reports:
Democrats warned of voter backlash if work with Trump, GOP
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s former chief of staff is warning Democrats against engaging in too much bipartisanship with Republicans and President Trump.
Nadeam Elshami fears that it could result in a voter backlash from the liberal Democratic base and jeopardize the jobs of lawmakers in the 2018 midterm elections.
“By sticking together in the face of at times a fractured majority, a truly bipartisan agreement can be reached. But if Democrats venture too far into the bipartisan realm, they risk pushback from the hyper-engaged base voters who would be critical in the 2018 election in every district, whether it’s safe or toss-up,” he blogged for the Signal Group, the public affairs firm he now works for.
He describes a situation that Republicans faced under former President Obama when Republicans faced retaliation if they backed the Democrat.
So basically, Democrats are putting their election chances ahead of working to make the country better for the American people. Cowards.