President Donald Trump’s job approval among Republicans stands at a whopping 80 percent.
In Montana, Republican Greg Gianforte assaulted a reporter ahead of a special congressional election—but he triumphed anyway, with Trump hailing his “great win.”
And in Alabama, failed Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore was accused of child molestation—but 91 percent of Republican voters still backed him, as did Trump himself.
A Republican base unshakably committed to the President is freaking out the elite media. The Sacramento Bee reports that even the Republican elites are worried that President Trump is making them irrelevant.
“It’s not about ideology anymore. It’s about loyalty to the president,” said Rep. Charlie Dent, a retiring Pennsylvania Republican, in an interview that aired Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “Now the litmus test has changed. The issue is loyalty to the man, to the president.”
Dent, clearly uninformed, has obviously never been exposed to presidential leadership before.
Activists on both sides of the ideological spectrum in 2017 settled into the habit of assessing nearly every policy and political issue through the charged, often emotional lens of whether it would help or hurt Trump, and everything he represents.
Which is why voters tend to like the President and dislike the elite media and the establishment Republicans and Democrats.