One year in, how can the GOP still possibly stand by Trump?

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What a difference a year makes. Or does it?

Against every prognosticator’s best estimate, reality show host/beauty pageant owner/failed casino owner/hotelier Donald Trump won the election to become the 45th president of the United States. He received fewer votes than his opponent, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and his Electoral College win almost seemed like divine intervention.

Then we learned that the “intervention” was far from “divine” and that Russia’s Vladimir Putin executed a vast, widespread, multi-faceted strategy to try to help get Trump elected. That, coupled with the magnanimous tsunami of free Trump coverage from ratings and click-hungry media, created what a significant majority of Americans now see as an unmitigated disaster.

In apparently every legitimate poll, Trump has earned the lowest approval rating of any president in the history of polling as this point in a presidency — and is still on a decline. A recent Associated Press poll logs him in at 32 percent. By comparison, by the end of his presidency and his role in the Watergate break-in and cover-up exposed, Richard Nixon’s approval rating was at 24 percent.

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