[Marxism] How Trump Is Reshaping American Opinion - The Atlantic
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Mon Aug 19 12:09:43 MDT 2019
One of the most enduring descriptions of presidential power comes from
Teddy Roosevelt, whose description of the office as a “bully pulpit”
reflected his conclusion that its true worth was not its constitutional
powers, but the ability to speak with and persuade voters. A century
later, political scientists had largely debunked Roosevelt. It turns
out, Ezra Klein wrote in The New Yorker in 2012, that presidents don’t
actually possess much power to sway public opinion.
But maybe Roosevelt was right after all. Recent polling shows that
Donald Trump has managed to reshape American attitudes to a remarkable
extent on a trio of his key issues—race, immigration, and trade.
There’s just one catch: The public is turning against Trump’s views.
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