Depending on what you’re reading or who you’re talking to these days, you’ll probably very different perspectives on whether President Trump’s core supporters are still in his corner or starting to feel, as some voters often do after their candidate wins a presidential election, that he isn’t following through on promises made during the campaign.
Two recent articles, one by POLITICO and the other by the New York Times, paint very different pictures of how the president’s main supporters are feeling about Trump now, as president, versus Trump as a candidate.
Since being elected, President Trump has gotten a Supreme Court nominee confirmed, has begun the process of getting bids for his highly-touted border wall, and has got many people pointing to his immigration crackdown as a cause for the decrease in illegal border crossings.
However, some supporters see the missile strike he called for on Syria as a walk-back of previous rhetoric cautioning against action in Syria while others point to his change of tune on NATO and China being a currency manipulator as signal that the president may be abandoning the populist, anti-establishment message from his campaign that captivated his core voter base as he grapples with the pressures of governing and the realities of mainstream Washington politics.
Tevi Troy, president of the American Health Policy Institute and author of the book, "Shall We Wake the President? Two Centuries of Disaster Management from the Oval Office"
Sean T. Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh Consulting in San Francisco; he is a former adviser to California Governors Pete Wilson and Arnold Schwarzenegger and a former White House staffer for Presidents Reagan and H.W. Bush