Although there were 12 Republican U.S. Senators who voted against Donald Trump in the vote last week on his emergency declaration, this doesn’t mean there is a widespread revolt in his party. In fact, what’s more revealing is to look at the senators who did NOT vote against the president, and understand why. Because it shows that Donald Trump’s stranglehold on the Republican Party is as strong as ever.
The politics of Donald Trump’s shutdown are beginning to worry some big-time Republican operatives.
Opinion polls show that while Trump has increased his approval ratings with Republican voters during the shutdown, he has lost significant ground with many important voting groups, such as independents and non-college educated white voters. These are both crucial demographics for a Republican presidential victory in 2020.