Opposition to Donald Trump

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Since declaring his presidential campaign in 2015, strong opposition to Donald Trump has existed, primarily from RINOs and those on the Left.
See also: Trump Derangement Syndrome

Donald Trump has faced massive opposition from liberals and RINO Republicans alike.

Prior to the November 2016 election

Since announcing his presidential campaign on June 16, 2015, Donald Trump has faced massive opposition from liberals and RINO Republicans alike. According to one study, during the 2016 presidential election, 91% of the media coverage regarding Trump was negative and 96% of campaign contributions from the media went to his campaign opponent, leftist Democrat Hillary Clinton.[1] See also: American liberalism and 21st century political losses

When polling organizations measure public opinion of political figures, they ask questions to determine how many people have a favorable or an unfavorable opinion of the person. In general, politicians get elected because prospective voters' favorable ratings exceed the unfavorable ratings. A candidate's rating earns a boost from his nominating convention, and again during the transition between election day and taking office, as America tends to unite behind the winner. Every President experiences a decline in opinion polls as voters are turned off by unpopular decisions. Donald Trump is unusual because he was nationally well known before entering politics, and he has maintained a very high negative rating since his earliest opinion polls.[2] The leading explanation for how Trump became President was that the Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was even more unpopular with historically high negative ratings.[3]

Opposition as President

From the federal government bureaucracy

Due to his promotion and support of conservative, America First[4] policies, President Trump faced large opposition from the left and the establishment,[5][6] including from within the government bureaucracy.[7] (The fact that members of the deep state have grown visibly scared of reports stating such confirms this view,[8] as well as the fact that federal government employees overwhelmingly donated to Democrats leading up to the 2018 elections just like in previous elections;[9] in May 2017, it was reported that 60% of National Security Council employees were Obama-Administration holdovers[10]).

Obama holdovers worked to block President Trump's agenda and continue liberal policies.[11] Numerous government officials who resigned due to President Trump's actions subtly inserted anti-Trump messages into their resignation letters.[12] The Trump Administration was the victim of numerous leaks of information, many of which threatened U.S. national security – it was reported in July 2017 that leaks occurred once a day on average,[13] and Trump faced seven times more leaks than Obama or Bush II did.[14] The Russia probe headed by Independent Counsel and former FBI Director Robert Mueller was founded to have hired investigators extremely biased against President Trump.[15]

Left-wing federal courts also blocked some of President Trump's executive orders regarding sanctuary cities and immigration.[16][17] Former U.S. presidents, such as George W. Bush and Barack Obama, even broke with tradition to criticize President Trump.[18]

From radical left-wing activists

After his election, left-wingers labeled themselves as the "resistance" against Trump.[19] Even before being inaugurated, Democrats spoke about impeaching and removing Trump from the presidency.[20] Even some local communities passed resolutions calling for the impeachment of President Trump.[21] Some Democrats used profane language against Trump, such as the f-word[22] and s-word.[23] As a testament to the deep opposition and hatred towards him by the left-wing, at least 217 violent protestors were arrested in Washington D.C. on Inauguration Day.[24][25] Left-wingers committed or advocated for many other acts of violence against President Trump or his supporters.[26][27][28] It was reported in early February 2017 that 12,000 tweets already had called for Trump's assassination.[29] The mainstream media helped promote such violence.[30]

As an example of the hatred the Left had for President Trump, students at George Washington University voiced support for Trump's tax plan when told it was Bernie Sanders's plan.[31] In addition to domestic opposition, President Trump, and by extension, the United States, was strongly opposed by non-Americans compared to the Obama Administration, despite a majority of non-Americans believing Trump to be a strong leader.[32]

Democrat attorneys general sued the Trump Administration nearly 50 times in 2017 alone.[33]

From Congress

In addition to the above, Senate Democrats unduly delayed Trump's cabinet nominees at historic and unprecedented proportions[34] – by February 8, 2017, only George Washington had fewer cabinet nominees confirmed by this length of time into his presidency.[35] Trump's last cabinet secretary was confirmed on April 27, 2017,[36] and Trump's last cabinet-level member assumed office on May 15, 2017.[37] It was reported in July 2017 that Senate Democrats had filibustered most of Trump's nominees – every filibuster ultimately failed, but they slowed down the confirmation process.[38] The result of this was that by July 2017, the Senate had confirmed 23% of Trump's appointments compared to 69% for Obama at the same duration.[39] Even after one year in office, only 58% of President Trump's government nominees had been confirmed (compared with 69% for Obama and 76% for Bush II),[40] and Democrats had forced 47 cloture votes on Trump's nominees compared to six cloture votes for the four previous administrations combined by that point.[41] In December 2017, the U.S. Senate, in a clear break from precedent, returned about 100 of Trump's nominations – rather than choosing to continue with those nominations for the following year – while it only did the same for eight of Obama's nominees and two of Bush's after their first years in office.[42] The establishment GOP also blocked President Trump's conservative agenda.[43]

By the first 100 days of his presidency, congressional Democrats had already (unsuccessfully) filibustered Trump's supreme court nomination, instituted one of the longest and most extreme delays in cabinet confirmations in U.S. history, and initiated an investigation into alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.[44]

From the media

See also: Mainstream media and Donald Trump

As in the 2016 presidential election, the mainstream media strongly opposed Trump and wrote him off as a failure early in his presidency, despite his numerous accomplishments by that time.[45][46] They consistently misrepresented him and his accomplishments,[47] As evidence of this intense MSM opposition, a study published close to the 100th-day mark of Trump's presidency found that 89% of media coverage regarding Trump was negative.[46] A similar study conducted by the Harvard Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy released in May 2017 found that 80% of the mainstream media coverage over Trump (including outlets such as Fox News Channel and The Wall Street Journal) was negative.[48] According to the Pew Research Center, in October 2017, the media was three times more negative and eight times less positive toward Trump than it was to Obama, and the media was also significantly more biased against Trump compared to presidents Clinton and Bush II.[49] The Media Research Center found that 90% of coverage on President Trump on the evening news of ABC, CBS, and NBC in 2017 was negative and biased against him.[50] Additionally, Trump was on track to become the most mocked president on late-night comedy TV in at least 25 years.[51]

The American public had the same perception of media bias against the president – a June 2017 Rasmussen poll found that 50% of Americans believed the media was biased against President Trump and that 4% believed the opposite.[52] According to a 2017 Poynter Media Trust Survey, 44% of Americans believe the media creates "fake news" stories against Trump to make him look bad.[53] According to a Pew Research Center poll released in January 2018, the U.S. mainstream media was perceived by Americans as significantly more biased against President Trump than the media in other countries is against their own leaders.[54] Even former president Jimmy Carter, a liberal Democrat, stated that the media was more biased against Trump than any other president he knew about.[55]

The mainstream media promoted fake news against President Trump,[56] with notable examples including an unverified dossier by BuzzFeed,[57] two stories by the The New York Times[58] and CNN,[59] respectively, debunked by former FBI Director James Comey, and an eventually-retracted CNN article that attacked Trump and his allies over a Russia fund[60] that was motivated by ratings[61] and caused three CNN employees to resign.[62] President Trump and his policies caused the health of many members of the mainstream media to decline.[63]

Setbacks for the Left

See also: Donald Trump achievements

According to a poll taken around the 100th day of Trump's presidency, only 11% of Democrats believed that their party's opposition to Trump had yielded successful results for them.[64] A July 2017 poll found that 52% of Americans thought the Democrats only stood against Trump, rather than something more, with 37% thinking the latter.[65] The Democrats' poor performance in the special congressional elections held in the first half of 2017 illustrated their weakness and unsuccess in challenging President Trump.[66]

See also

References

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