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As a result, millions of Americans, and billions of people around the world, have developed a warped, even demoniacal, impression of the current President of the United States.

Trump's populist nationalism was always a part of the Republican coalition. "It's the president's responsibility to sign legislation or reject it". Flake and others need to be the skunks at the garden party; with just 52 Republicans in the Senate, they hold enormous leverage.

First, we must ask: why the downward trend?

The Trump scion asserted that Republicans were reluctant to embrace the new administration and wondered aloud why they would not want to tie themselves to his father's popularity. In another instance, he said he is not "a servile puppy" to Donald Trump. The votes made it clear that with unified Democratic opposition to repeal, and divisions among Republicans, the campaign to overturn the law has stalled out, at least for now. As a result, it is unclear whether consistent Republican promises to abolish Obamacare and replace it with something better will be kept. David A. Hopkins is associate professor of political science at Boston College and blogs about USA politics at Honest Graft. This instability in the administration, combined with rumors of further dissension within the ranks, have fed a narrative of "chaos" at the highest levels of our government. Or better yet, you're going to be fired and nothing is going to be able to stop that. During the presidential race, when Cruz addressed the Republican National Convention in July in Cleveland, where Trump accepted the nomination, he declined to endorse the billionaire real estate mogul and was essentially booed off stage by Trump supporters.

One Republican senator up for reelection next year is wasting no time distancing himself from the deeply unpopular and incompetent president, writing in an op-ed that his party is "in denial" about Donald Trump.

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Now one year away from the primary for his re-election bid, Flake has just one Republican challenger in the race to date: Kelli Ward, a former state senator who unsuccessfully tried to unseat McCain last year. He's right about how Republicans need to distance themselves forcefully from the president's more obnoxious and spiteful statements and policies.

Flake tells NPR that his discontent "is a long time in coming".

How to fix these problems? He frets that Trump is sullying an already virulent political strain. He has appointed General Kelly, formerly the Secretary of Homeland Security, to be the White House Chief of Staff. This honest, and risky, condemnation of his own party members and the Executive Branch could potentially play into effect come 2018. Sasse has been outspoken in condemning some of Trump's more crude comments - about, for example, MSNBC host Mika Brzezinski - and has written a book about the shrinking moral fabric of the country and what it means for young people.

Disputes among Republicans over how much electoral risk the party should take in order to remain true to conservative principles can be just as hard to resolve as typical Democratic disagreements over which party constituency should receive the most attention from officeholders. "We have quite enough volatile actors to deal with internationally as it is without becoming one of them". By standing together, unapologetically, in defense of their principles, however, they cannot only achieve their goals but also maintain the support and confidence of the American people.

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