In a scathing op-ed for The Hill, journalist Juan Williams slammed President Trump, calling him a “failed president” for his lack of understanding of domestic issues and for creating a “civil war” in the Republican party.
Williams starts his piece citing an old proverb that says “a leader with no followers is only taking a walk.” If that’s the case, then the strutting President Trump has turned his presidency into a very lonely walk.
The Fox News contributor pointed out that Trump is rapidly losing support in states he easily carried last year.
Citing a Morning Consult poll released last week, Williams wrote: “He is down 23 points in Tennessee since his inauguration in January; down 21 points in Mississippi; down 20 in Kentucky; down 19 in Kansas; and down 17 in Indiana.”
According to the most recent Real Clear Politics average, 55 percent of the country disapproves of the job he is doing as president. At the three-quarter mark of his first year in office, Trump is the least popular new president in history.
“On Capitol Hill, House and Senate Republicans are walking away from Trump,” Williams continues, noting that Trump’s bombastic behavior has turned away even conservative commentators.
“People who are open to Trump are starting to walk away from his parade as well,” Williams said.
“Last time I checked, you are the president of the United States, so tweeting out these tacky insults just seems beneath you,” Neil Cavuto of Fox News said on his show last week. “You are running out of friends faster than you are running out of time. You might not like Bob Corker, but a lot of senators do, and you need those senators, sir.”
Williams concluded by slamming the president for his lack of understanding:
“Trump has failed to deliver on his campaign promise to build a border wall and have Mexico pay for it. He continues to say it will get done. But, again, polls show voters don’t want a wall.
Similarly, Trump seems unaware that a majority of Americans now approve of the Affordable Care Act, also known as ObamaCare, and want its problems fixed so it can continue.
Instead, having failed to win a full repeal of the healthcare law from the Republican majority in Congress, he signed an executive order allowing low-cost insurance to be sold across state lines.
That has been tried before and has a sad history of consumer fraud and regulatory confusion.
So it’s no wonder Trump now walks alone. He remains a celebrity figure for his hardcore base. But ten months into his presidency, Republicans are starting to drift away as he fails to deliver on nearly every major campaign promise he made.
That’s not my opinion. That’s a demonstrable fact.
The only way not to see Trump as a failure is to close your eyes to what all of us can see.
You can read Williams’ Op-Ed in The Hill.