President Donald Trump is not known to be humble when it comes to how much support he has within the Republican Party.
The commander-in-chief frequently tweets how high his Republican support is on social media. Just this past weekend, Trump posted numbers he suggested demonstrated he had a 95 percent approval rating.
Oftentimes, these tweets are exaggerations of his popularity within the GOP. As reporting from Vox has pointed out, Trump does have high approval ratings — just not that high. Indeed, recent polling from Quinnipiac University found that Trump’s approval rating among Republican voters stood at 75 percent — 20 points lower than what he brags about.
The Quinnipiac Poll offers a better picture of where things stand for Trump among the “party faithful,” and indicates there are a sizable number who aren’t happy with him. Some even want him to lose in 2020.
On Tuesday morning, four prominent anti-Trump Republicans announced that they’re starting a new effort to defeat Trump in the near future. The survival of our nation as we know it depends on getting Trump out of office, they suggested in a New York Times op-ed announcing their plans.
The op-ed was written jointly by: George Conway, conservative lawyer (and notably, husband to Trump aide Kellyanne Conway); Steve Schmidt, a political strategist who worked under former President George W. Bush; Rick Wilson, a Republican media consultant; and John Weaver, who worked under former President George H.W. Bush, as well as for Sen. John McCain and many others.
Good read from 4 men who fought in GOP trenches, long before Trump, his children and other lesser supporting dramatic actors, mercenaries & pretenders, self-appointed themselves Conservative standard- bearers: We Are Republicans, and We Want Trump Defeated https://t.co/geqHkpAa4X
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) December 17, 2019
“Patriotism and the survival of our nation in the face of the crimes, corruption and corrosive nature of Donald Trump are a higher calling than mere politics,” the four wrote in their op-ed. “As Americans, we must stem the damage he and his followers are doing to the rule of law, the Constitution and the American character.”
The group announced the formation of The Lincoln Project, a mission to “defeat President Trump and Trumpism at the ballot box,” according to its website.
The op-ed expressed hope that impeachment of Trump could be successful, but it was realistic as well, noting that the chances of an indictment within the Senate were very slim.
The four noted that their opposition with Trump didn’t inherently align them with Democratic policymakers — they still hold “many policy differences with national Democrats,” they wrote. But they also observed they held a “shared fidelity to the Constitution” with their political opposites, and that, if the defeat of Trump required them to back Democratic candidates, then so be it.
“Our efforts are aimed at persuading enough disaffected conservatives, Republicans and Republican-leaning independents in swing states and districts to help ensure a victory in the Electoral College, and congressional majorities that don’t enable or abet Mr. Trump’s violations of the Constitution, even if that means Democratic control of the Senate and an expanded Democratic majority in the House,” they wrote.
The name of the organization they announced is an obvious homage to President Abraham Lincoln, whom the four say they look to as their “guide and inspiration” for keeping the nation together during Civil War.
Lincoln was capable of keeping the nation held together, not just by borders but “spiritually as well as politically,” they wrote.
“So, too, will our country have to knit itself back together after the scourge of Trumpism has been overcome,” the four concluded in their opinion piece.