Although Donald Trump is, to my estimation, the absolute worst President we have ever had, Democrats should not focus on him when it comes to their campaigns.
The Minnesota Republican Party who embraced Marco Rubio during the primaries, is now a full throated Trump megaphone. The candidates have left no distance. The Party is the MN Trump Party.
And there is a distinction. Trump and Republicanism have divided. Traditional Republican hardcore positions seem to have been thrown out the window. Let me give you the list:
1) Free trade
2) Reducing deficits
3) Russia as an adversary
4) NATO support
5) North American unity
6) World engagement
7) Never negotiate with dictators
Several conservative pundits (George Will, Steve Schmidt, Bill Kristol) have actually called for their readers to vote Democratic and take the opportunity to rebuild the Republican Party. The current party does not resemble what they remember as theirs.
But what will be the consequence? Here in Minnesota, that is an unknown. The Trump economic tariff policy is hurting Minnesota’s agricultural industry. His destruction of the ACA is putting pressure on the Minnesota Health Care Industry. Our Fortune 500 companies have too much uncertainty in their global efforts …and it is putting a damper on their growth. And his tax cut bill and policies have put MN conformity at risk as well as putting the nation into another deficit spiral.
And yet, Trump continues to gain followers. It is like the lemming death march – the cliff is looming on the horizon, but they dutifully embrace every tweet and misspelled word.
When will the wake up call occur? The mounting unforced errors of this administration has exceeded any rational examination of credibility. The scandals and the policy reversals, caging children for God’s sake….what will it take to realize the hole that we keep digging is swallowing us up.
Democrats have to stop trying to explain this. They need to focus on their core issues again. Let the Trump train go through the station and let’s concentrate about what we can do to minimize the damage going forward.
Get back to health care, the environment, education, and support for labor. These are the core values of Democrats. These are the things that need our attention.
The embrace of Trumpism is unexplainable. It is a very tenuous link to the Republican Party as a whole – but Democrats are not going to be able to sever that link; only Republicans themselves can fix that. And the first step which is realizing there is a problem still seems far away.