President Donald Trump's response to the global pandemic that's halted daily life in the United States has been widely criticized.
Trump's refusal to heed numerous warnings, his dismissal of the virus's threat, and reluctance to use federal powers led to a nationwide shortage of medical equipment and allowed the virus to spread unimpeded for weeks, ultimately leading to millions of lost jobs and thousands of lost lives.
Trump finally acknowledges that the virus is more serious than the flu, but according to The Lincoln Project—an anti-Trump Republican Political Action Committee—it may be too late.
The PAC's Twitter account claimed that Trump's base is turning on him after his bungled virus response.
Trump’s worst nightmare is Republican voters turning against him. It’s happening. https://t.co/WMUQlv9fcG— The Lincoln Project (@The Lincoln Project)1586297274.0
The claim is stunning because—despite every gaffe, scandal, outburst, and tantrum—Trump has maintained an ideologically unwavering group of supporters that make up about 38 percent of Americans.
A Navigator poll evaluating voter approval of Trump's early response to the virus found that a growing number of people who voted for him in 2016 think the President didn't take the threat seriously enough.
The most recent rise—from 33 percent to 40 percent—was the highest yet, and threatens to grow even more as the apex of the virus looms.
People are hoping that the Lincoln Project's speculation is true.
I want to believe this, and I hope it's happening at least with some of the people who took a chance in 2016 and no… https://t.co/P3nJfp7zbH— Tom Nichols (@Tom Nichols)1586301111.0
I really believe this crisis will finally lead to the beginning of the end of the ridiculous Trump cult that has br… https://t.co/5sgkkUSoLP— Richard Signorelli (@Richard Signorelli)1586297695.0
I don't get excited by anything Trump voters think since they were foolish enough to vote for him once. Still, this… https://t.co/xUEGRyWJfH— ResistanceRules (@ResistanceRules)1586339104.0
Hope Republicans will continue this trend. It is coming down to a choice: Vote Biden for integrity or Trump for c… https://t.co/brhf1fs5I7— Annie Knox (@Annie Knox)1586360729.0
Others say that the Republicans who still support Trump won't be changing course.
@ProjectLincoln Unfortunately it won’t last. It’s going to take a record turnout to beat him 🤬— scotty (@scotty)1586300566.0
@ProjectLincoln @datagoodies They will still all vote for him as long as he's mean to immigrants.— Mike Shor (@Mike Shor)1586297519.0
@ProjectLincoln still not enough, the Republicult would get a big boost from new voters— Avi Friedman (@Avi Friedman)1586297968.0
@ProjectLincoln This doesn’t mean they won’t vote for him— Common Endeavors (@Common Endeavors)1586319658.0
A massive voter turnout in 2020 is a much safer bet than waiting on Trump's supporters to turn on the President.