Could President Donald Trump’s aggressive campaign style and mocking of Democrats and their ideals actually hurt some of the candidates he stumping for in the midterms? Some Republicans think so.
“He’s enormously popular with Republicans, so they don’t care when he says those sorts of things,” one former White House official told The Washington Examiner, referring to the president’s tweaking of Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and the #MeToo movement.
But that popularity doesn’t extend “to independent voters, Democrats, or the media, so it almost always becomes a negative headline that can do damage in a competitive district.”
This week, an analysis by the Wesleyan Media Project revealed Trump was referenced positively in 14.8 percent of federal election ads in the past two months, whereas President Barack Obama was mentioned positively in less than 1 percent of federal election ads aired during the same time period in 2010 and 2014.
Even George W. Bush in 2002, whose approval ratings were sky high in the wake of the September 2001 terrorist attacks, was mentioned positively in a smaller share of federal ads (13.9 percent), the study concluded.
But a former Trump campaign adviser told The Examiner: “The problem is, once you align yourself with the president on one issue there’s no escaping the uglier things he sometimes says.”
Which means, the ex-adviser said, the president’s upcoming campaign schedule could potentially be “a gift to Democrats just before the election.”
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