Donald Trump's brief time as president has already been such a disaster that now political observers, including Republicans, are predicting he may not finish his first term.
Donald Trump’s presidency has been such a series of train wrecks that it now looks as if his he may not even be able to complete it.
Trump has been under a cloud of suspicion since before he even assumed the office of the presidency, despite losing the popular vote. He is under FBI investigation for his campaign’s work with Russia to undermine the election. His first policy agenda to undermine health care blew up in his face. And his efforts to ban Muslim access to the country have lost significant court challenges. What he has achieved are efforts to harm the environment, curtail women’s health, and minimize workers’ rights.
Axios reports that Trump “feels baffled and paralyzed” by how his chaotic management style has utterly failed in the White House. He is “often on the phone with billionaire, decades-long friends, commiserating and critiquing his own staff,” which has “created a toxic culture of intense suspicion and insecurity.”
NBC News explains that “after 10 weeks, Trump teeters on the brink,” and notes, after summarizing multiple self-inflicted administration scandals, “This is a presidency on the brink of a free-fall.”
Other notable figures — including conservatives — are raising alarm bells about Trump’s failures, and even suggesting he might not finish out his first term.
Wall Street Journal columnist and former Reagan speechwriter Peggy Noonan laments, “Crisis reveals the character, the essential nature of a White House. Seventy days in, that is my worry.” Former George W. Bush speechwriter Michael Gerson writes that Republicans “are seeing a downward spiral of incompetence and public contempt — a collapse that is yet to reach a floor. A presidency is failing. A party unable to govern is becoming unfit to govern.”
Former Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele told author Paul Brandus that he does not believe Trump will finish his term, and he is advising his clients to bolster their ties with Mike Pence.
Former chairman of RNC Steele told WWR at lunch that Trump will not finish his term; advises clients to bolster ties w/VP Pence
— West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) March 31, 2017
Harvard Law professor and constitutional law expert Laurence Tribe said Trump should be described as an “usurper” as more and more is learned about his “theft of the presidency.”
As more emerges re @realDonaldTrump‘s theft of the presidency it gets clearer that we mustn’t keep calling him POTUS. He’s a usurper.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) March 31, 2017
Signs are growing that the rejection of Trump will begin showing up at the ballot box, at the same time that his administration careens out of control. Trump’s presidency has not gotten off to a good start, and it is increasingly clear that it will not be getting any better.