May 15, 2017
With the May 9 firing of F.B.I. Director James B. Comey by President Donald Trump, some Americans and analysts believe that his already contentious presidency is over. With the fact that he lost the popular vote to Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton despite winning 306 Electoral Votes of the U.S. Electoral College, his presidency has started with chaos since he was inaugurated on Jan. 20, 2017.
Ever since the post-election report that Russia had interfered in the 2016 U.S. presidential election to “undermine faith in the U.S. election and to help their preferred candidate, Trump, 70, who has had ties to pro-Kremlin leaders and groups, Trump has faced headwinds and a call of “illegitimacy” after these reports had been released to the public.
With Trump’s approval ratings a all-time low for a first-term president in his first few months in office and with the Democratic and liberal base strongly against anything that he does, the only group that he has strong support is his core base of white working class voters in upper Midwestern states and Southern conservatives, and Northern and Western white ethnics. Some core Trump voters include some white voters who have not cast a ballot for any political office in years due to the disillusionment of the American political system and American society.
Russian President Vladimir V. Putin has long despised former Secretary of State Clinton, blaming her interference in his political career in the early 2010s. It has been seen that Clinton and Putin has had a very frosty relationship and had Hillary Clinton won the presidency in 2016, that relationship would have worsen.
With the firing of Comey, some say that he is trying to erase any evidence that Russia had colluded with the Trump-Pence campaign to win the presidency. With his failures on some of his core campaign promises such as the terrorist ban, his Obamacare repeal confusion and failures, and a lack of a economic agenda, Trump’s chaotic presidency may be over already. Or is it?