Republicans realize they can't count on Trump to sell the tax law to voters — and to keep their jobs

Source: Washington Examiner | April 18, 2018 | David M. Drucker

President Trump is undermining voter support for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act with erratic messaging after it was gaining popularity, alarming Republicans counting on the law to save the party’s vulnerable House majority.

Senior Republicans are declining to publicly finger Trump for the heralded tax overhaul’s sagging approval ratings. Views of the law steadily climbed during the first two months of the year on the strength of a unified push from the White House and Capitol Hill ahead of the midterm.

Privately, Republicans complain that the president’s sudden shift to tariffs, with threats of trade wars, distracted from the positive impacts of $1.3 trillion in tax cuts and allowed Democrats to regain the upper hand. Concluding that Trump is unreliable, Republicans say it’s their responsibility to turn public opinion around.

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  •  EVERYDAY #23158

    It’s a piece of [expletive] legislation that has benefitted few. It wasn’t the real reform we voters were promised. Trump and the loser Republicans in congress share the blame.

     ConservativeGranny #23163

    They knew what they were getting with Trump. They were warned. Now the rest of us have to suffer from the after effects of their populist folly.

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