[Marxism] How Trump Is Reshaping American Opinion - The Atlantic

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
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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