The biggest myth in politics in 2017 is that Donald Trump’s supporters won’t abandon him no matter what he’s does. Approval ratings polls show that he’s lost more than one-fifth of his supporters since January. But when it comes to Trump’s true inner core base, the 15% to 20% of the country who truly believe in his hateful garbage, their support has been unwavering – until Trump just went and blew it all up with one move.
Trump had dinner with Democratic leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday evening, and afterward the Democrats announced that they’d reached a deal with Trump: yes on DACA, yes on increased border security, no on the border wall. This immediately set Trump’s racist base on fire. We know this because one of the political leaders of Trump’s racist base said so, in even more inflammatory words.
The Associated Press tweeted “BREAKING: Schumer, Pelosi announce deal with Trump to protect young immigrants; will include border security, but no wall.” This prompted Republican Congressman Steve King of Iowa, who might be the most xenophobically racist white supremacist in Congress, to tweet “If AP is correct, Trump base is blown up, destroyed, irreparable, and disillusioned beyond repair. No promise is credible.” The backlash was apparently much larger than Trump had been expecting, because he swiftly launched into panic mode.
Twenty minutes later, Donald Trump had White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders tweet a denial, insisting that he hadn’t agreed to cave on the wall. But based on Trump’s track record of consistently lying, there is no reason to believe him on this. In any case, even Trump’s own base is taking Pelosi and Schumer at their word. Breitbart is slamming Trump for flip flopping, while Steve King has gone all-out apoplectic. Is this the moment his core base indeed shatters? Contribute to Palmer Report
Bill Palmer is the publisher of the political news outlet Palmer Report