President Trump has done little in his first four weeks in office to expand his appeal beyond the base of supporters who got him an Electoral College victory, and the unsurprising result is the continuation of his deeply polarized image.
A national survey released Thursday by the Pew Research Center found 56 percent of adults disapprove of the job he has done as president so far. Of the 39 percent who approved—which is 14 points worse than the next lowest first month of the past five presidents—84 percent were Republican or leaned Republican and just 8 percent were Democrats or leaned Democratic.
If Trump thinks he has no shot at winning over more Democrats after his performance during the 2016 campaign, then keeping that GOP base number high becomes more important than ever to get congressional Republicans to continue to support his agenda.
That explains why Trump is holding a rally Saturday. Further, Trump illustrated his focus on the Republican base Thursday during the extensive opening statement of his East Room news conference, seemingly ignoring the fact that even the reddest districts also have Democrats.
Regarding the volumes of people who have showed up recently to the town hall meetings of Republican congressmen to express their interest in keeping Obamacare, Trump said, “They’re not the Republican people that our representatives are representing.”
— Kyle Trygstad