Soltis Anderson: Trump’s Leadership Has Brought to Life Views in the GOP that Have Always Been There
SOLTIS ANDERSON: No, I think what’s very frustrating is that for Republicans who are here in Washington, it felt like very clear and very obvious that what the president said was wrong. There were not very fine people at this rally. And it was sort of unambiguous what you would want to say in that moment. And yet, as that poll just showed, that’s actually not where a majority of Republican voters are, that when the RNC puts out a statement saying that the president’s statement was absolutely in the right, when President Trump and his advisers defend what he had to say, that’s where most Republicans are. And I think over the last couple of months, the leadership of Donald Trump has really sort of brought to life some views in the Republican Party that may have always been there, but now we have a leader putting voice to them. And I think it’s creating a lot of tension for many of these Republicans in Washington, who feel the need to say this is wrong and yet their voters back home feel very differently."