Is Trump's support crumbling?
Following Trump's remarks on the right-wing extremist riots in Charlottesville more and more public figures are standing up against him. Prominent Republicans have harshly criticised his actions, business leaders have resigned from advisory boards and representatives of the military have distanced themselves from Trump's stance and condemned the neo-Nazis. The media discuss whether Trump can still count on broad-based support.
Liberal outrage leaves Trump's voters cold
Large numbers of US citizens continue to support the president, The Irish Times observes:
“Trump thrives on liberal hostility, as was amply demonstrated in his comments on the white supremacists in Charlottesville last week. ... Large numbers of people resent the cosmopolitan values of majority Democratic states and remain willing to give Trump a chance. ... He has yet to deliver on positive plans for renewal, concentrating more on deconstructing Obama's legacy and offending US allies internationally. But he retains his core support after a turbulent seven months in power.”
Trump says what people on the street feel
The Daily Telegraph also believes there is little Trump's critics can achieve right now:
“By getting into a visceral fight with Trump, the Left only confirms the prejudices of those who voted for him last year. Most of that constituency hates white supremacists, yes. But they don't much like violent Left-wing protestors either - or rewriting history, identity politics, open borders, gender-neutral loos or any of the rest of the stuff that the Left is happy to go to the wall for. ... There is an America beyond the university campus or the TV studio that appreciates a statesman who doesn't recite a script that became tired and unconvincing years ago.”
Entrepreneurs' confidence is destroyed
The business paper Naftemporiki, by contrast, sees Trump as increasingly isolated:
“Right after his election victory Trump made overtures to the US business world. The new government's proposals on tax reform and deregulation were met with open arms. But things have changed. The alliance between the business world and the White House no longer exists. ... The entrepreneurs are now putting their faith in the institutions that didn't follow Trump's lead, like Congress, for example, which blocked the plans for the abolition of Obamacare, as well as the US courts that repeatedly blocked Trump's travel bansfor citizens of certain Muslim countries.”