With His Back Against The Wall, Trump Again Turns To Grievance Politics
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Added 08-05-17 01:06:01pm EST - “After six months of no major legislative achievements, and amid sliding poll numbers, President Trump is working to keep his loyal supporters behind him with a return to the culture wars.” - Npr.org
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President Donald Trump, flanked by Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., left, and Sen. David Perdue, R-Ga., speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on Wednesday during the unveiling of legislation that would place new limits on legal immigration. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption
No single issue has been a greater animating force for the Republican base over the past decade than immigration — except maybe the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare).
And with the failure of GOP health care efforts in Congress and sliding poll numbers this summer, the Trump White House seems to be making a concerted effort to elevate cultural wedge issues, from immigration and a announcing a ban on transgender people in the military to affirmative action and police conduct.
"Trump has been under siege since he took office," said Brian Jones, a Republican political consultant and veteran of several presidential campaigns, "and the cumulative effect of his administration's missteps is an eroding approval rating, even among Republicans."
So Trump's team is rolling the dice, betting that if he can't get something done through the usual avenues in Washington, he can at least keep his base supporters fired up outside of it with a dose of the cultural grievance that helped get him elected.
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