Even Trump’s most loyal advocates can’t continue to live with blinders on. They see the trouble ahead and they are signaling to the president to change course… or else.
Speaking on Friday morning with Fox News’ Bill Hemmer, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich points out that bringing in John Kelly to be chief of staff was a good first move, but the health of the entire administration can’t be balanced on his shoulders.
“You don’t get down to 35 percent approval and have people in your own party shooting at you and conclude that everything’s going fine,” he said.
No. You seriously don’t, nor should you, but Trump has been operating as if he has no sense of his own peril. He wants to go it alone and act as if he doesn’t need backing from Congress, but that’s not reality-based thinking.
“If he wants to get his agenda enacted, if he wants get things done and have a presidency that is stable, he is going to have to have a couple of serious changes.”
Gingrich brought up Trump’s 1997 book “The Art of the Comeback,” adding that he needs to take his own advice and start thinking about “what hasn’t been working” with his presidency.
“I think he’s in a position right now where he’s much more isolated than he realizes,” Gingrich said.
And for a president only 7 months into his first term, already experiencing record lows in his approval ratings and with a nation at war with itself, his troubles cannot be overstated.
He’s quickly becoming toxic to the party, and no matter what any of the politicians on Capitol Hill say, they’re going to be watching their own backs before they have his, especially when he becomes the equivalent of a political leper.