Base to Trump: Start listening to experienced Republicans

When President Trump bashes the Senate Majority Leader, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and the Speaker of the House, he may be pleasing himself and Breitbart News, but there is no evidence that he is pleasing the majority of his base.

As numerous studies have shown, working-class whites gave Mr. Trump about two-thirds of their votes last November and were crucial to his victory in Pennsylvania and key Midwestern states. Because their reaction to the early months of his presidency is especially important, I asked the Pew Research Center staff to break out working-class whites’ responses from a broad survey they released on August 29. The results were startling. CONT.

William A. Galston, Brookings Institution