Trump voters disappointed by his presidency threaten the GOP

Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Political News

She wholeheartedly backs Trump's agenda. "Shut the borders," she said. "Please build the wall. Build it 50 feet tall."

Pfrogner does not believe the women who have accused Trump of sexual assault. "All those women coming out, it just made me think, I'm voting for him anyway, you idiots -- I'm not a feminist," she said.

For now, Trump's detractors are not just more numerous than his supporters, but also more fervent -- an alarming sign for Republicans as the 2018 election approaches. The Post-ABC poll found 95 percent of Clinton voters disapprove of Trump's job performance, including 88 percent who strongly disapproved.

"It's the strongest, most virulent, most potentially damaging counter-reaction to an incumbent president that we've ever seen," said Paul Maslin, a Democratic pollster.

Stephanie Caballero, a Democrat who lives in San Marcos in northern San Diego County, said Trump's election "gave men more freedom to be verbally abusive or physically abusive, not only to women, but to ethnic minorities."

Trump's volatility, she said, frightens her family.


"When North Korea was testing their nuclear warheads, my children felt like we're going to be bombed," said Caballero, a 56-year-old lawyer.

If Trump is to recover, he must regain strength with independents. In last year's election, they tilted toward him over Clinton, exit polls found.

Some have stuck with him. Honky-tonk musician Kim Carson of New Orleans knows that Trump's taunting of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un scares some Americans. But to her, it's more like a big brother who shows up in the schoolyard to punch a bully in the nose.

"He's viewed as a loose cannon, which I think is a good thing," she said.


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