Trump is alienating Republicans

_Robbie Joannou_, _Herald Contributor_

A question that has arisen within the Republican party is how beneficial Donald Trump is to the party. As an avid political party fan and a Libertarian-Republican, I’ve begun to wonder the same thing. With the most recent events in Washington D.C. over the few weeks, it seems the Republican party may find its hands tied among members.Personally, I believe a drift may be becoming more prominent between Trumpians and Republicans. Now, being pro-Trump does not mean you are pro-Republican party, as we have seen based on Trump’s actions.

One must stumble upon the idea that President Trump’s rhetoric against the “never trumper” Republicans is destructive to the party itself. First off, on Oct. 5,President Trump tweeted “Mitt Romney never knew how to win. He is a pompous “ass” who has been fighting me from the beginning, except when he begged me for my endorsement for his Senate run (I gave it to him), and when he begged me to be Secretary of State (I didn’t give it to him). He is so bad for R’s!”

This tweet was in response to Senator Romney saying it was appalling the President of the United States asked China to investigate his political opponent Joe Biden. Trump also went on to call for the impeachment of Mitt Romney, whom he believes is playing into the hands of the “do nothing Democrats.” President Trump has sent a clear message to Romney and other Republicans that stepping out of line will have consequences.

Flash forward to Oct. 23, President Trump sent another tweet out attacking specific members of the Republican party. “The Never Trumper Republicans, though on respirators with not many left, are in certain ways worse and more dangerous for our Country than the Do Nothing Democrats. Watch out for them, they are human scum!”

It is pretty extreme to refer to any member of government as human scum, let alone those of the same political party as you. As a person who believes in strong political parties, I have a difficult time understanding why President Trump would rather lose a Republican member of Congress to the Democratic party. Although these Republicans may disagree with President Trump on controversial issues within his Presidency, they do agree on most ideological issues.

Whether Republicans like it or not, Trump currently plays a big role within the party. He has proven to be effective with getting “never trumpers” out of office, as we’ve seen in the 2018 election cycle. He stated most of the Republicans who didn’t enlist his help during the campaign lost their seats to Democrats, as we witnessed in the case of Mia Love.

Depending on where you stand in the Republican party, you could argue he is helping the party by draining the swamp or hurting the party by feuding with fellow Republicans. Politics are unpredictable in this day and age, but one thing is certain: President Trump needs to appeal to all Republicans and more if he wants to win the upcoming presidential election in 2020.