Well-known New York Times columnist David Brooks admitted in an honest assessment Tuesday that the movement against President Donald Trump has been “a failure.”
Despite his — and his colleagues’ — efforts, Brooks contended in his latest column that the anti-Trump faction has not succeeded in its effort to undermine the White House or turn public opinion against the president:
Over the past year, those of us in the anti-Trump camp have churned out billions of words critiquing the president. The point of this work is to expose the harm President Donald Trump is doing, weaken his support and prevent him from doing worse. And by that standard, the anti-Trump movement is a failure.
Brooks went on to argue that his work at the Times has “persuaded no one” to abandon Trump.
“Trump’s approval rating is around 40 percent, which is basically unchanged from where it’s been all along,” he wrote. “We have not hindered him. Trump has more power than he did a year ago, not less.”
The Times columnist’s transparent review of the anti-Trump movement comes as the president is facing controversies centered on special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia and legal proceedings regarding his alleged affair with former porn star Stormy Daniels.Kris Connor/Getty Images
In his piece, Brooks noted Trump gave a voice to the millions of Americans who “rightly feel that their local economies are under attack, their communities are dissolving and their religious liberties are under threat.”
Trump, Brooks claimed, has been successful in large part because he is governing the way he campaigned.
“Until somebody comes up with a better defense strategy, Trump and Trumpism will dominate,” Brooks wrote. “Voters are willing to put up with a lot of nonsense for a president they think is basically on their side.”
As it stands now, Trump’s approval rating is hovering just above 40 percent, with nearly 55 percent of voters disapproving of his handling of the presidency.