President Trump seems to have walled himself into a corner in the fight over border wall funding, initially acquiescing to the deal brokered in the Senate to fund the government without $5.7 billion for the wall, then flip-flopping and shutting down the government until he gets his way.
For many loyal Trump supporters, the wall is a symbol of everything Trump promised on the campaign trail and his promise to protect America from immigrants and preserve a way of life.
While some supporters are cheering the President on his wall stance, support is precipitously eroding, a worrying sign when the Democratic field of contenders to take him on in 2020 looks stronger by the day.
The Washington Post
quoted a retired Navy reservist who supported Trump but sees this shutdown as an indication that he might have gotten it wrong. He told the Post: “What the [expletive] were we thinking?”
An NPR/PBS NewsHour/Marist survey, conducted Jan. 10 to Jan. 13, found that his net approval rating has dropped seven points since December. Perhaps even more concerning for the Trump administration is the declines in support among men: suburban men’s approval of Trump has slipped a significant 18 percentage points and for men without a college degree, support is down seven points.
One Trump voter in Michigan, frustrated by the shutdown, put it this way: “Something miraculous has to happen for me to vote for him again.”