Trump’s Ethnic Attacks Could Sink the Republican Party

State of a political union.

Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

What will be the long-term electoral effect of a president who acts as a bigot?

JUST IN: Sen. Dick Durbin, who was in Thursday's Oval Office meeting: "He said these hate-filled things, and he said them repeatedly."

— Axios (@axios) January 12, 2018

We can't definitively explain why Trump had the worst approval numbers of any first-year president, but it seems like that this is at least one major factor. It obviously wasn't enough to prevent his election — but then again, it was almost certainly part of why Trump underperformed fundamentals models and received only 46 percent of the vote and almost three million fewer votes than the unpopular Democratic nominee, Hillary Clinton. 

Almost certainly, Trump's support from the groups he's attacked since beginning his presidential campaign in 2015 has been capped at very low levels. It's also presumably responsible for permanently alienating people from groups he didn't attack who simply reject prejudice.


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