“We’re the first generation that didn’t vote,” said Mark Clements, 42, a retired firefighter and Trump supporter from West Virginia.
“I don’t think we have to take this as a given.
I think we can all work together to make sure that that doesn’t happen again.”
The group that Clements leads, the Citizens for Responsible Leadership, has more than doubled in size in the past year, growing from 5,000 members to 15,000 since Trump was elected in November.
Clements and his wife, Karen, a nurse who has worked for several years at the University of Pittsburgh, are not alone.
About 60 percent of the Republican party’s congressional delegation is comprised of Trump supporters, according to a new report from the left-leaning Public Policy Polling.
The poll shows that about three-quarters of Republicans who participated said they felt the economy has been improving under President Trump, and that a majority of Republicans say the economy is getting better under Trump.
In 2018, the president was the only Republican to garner the most votes, winning more than 100,000 votes, according the report.
Trump has also become an increasingly popular figure among Republicans, especially in his home state of New York, where Democrats hold a majority in the legislature and hold power over key policies.
“Trump has always been a magnet for white supremacists and people who are angry,” said Steve Gennaro, a former president of the American Spectator magazine who has written books about the Trump era.
“But now he’s gotten his own political party.
And it’s a lot more of a big tent.”
“If you look at his record, the Republicans are not doing a good job of addressing this issue,” Gennary said.
“They’ve been doing a poor job of listening to the white working class, the middle class, working people, and they’re not doing the job of standing up to him and saying, ‘We need to take back the country.'”
The problem, Gennarian said, is that “there is no clear path to get a Republican majority in Congress.”
“It’s like a two-step process,” he said.
He said Republicans are “in denial” that they’re in the minority, because they haven’t made the kind of gains that would be needed to take over the House.
“This has to change,” he added.
A number of other conservative Republicans have said the party has to address the issue.
“If the GOP wants to be a majority, it has to take the hard look at the voters who are supporting Donald Trump,” former Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., who is the only openly gay Republican on the House GOP leadership, said in a statement.
“It needs to do a better job of recognizing that people who support Donald Trump are a group that has been disenfranchised, abandoned, and marginalized.
There is no longer any excuse for Republican leaders to ignore this group of voters.”
“The majority of Americans feel that their voices are being heard by politicians that have no interest in working for the people they represent,” DeSantis added.
“That’s why I’m running for Congress in 2018, and the only way we can be sure that our voices are heard is by doing our best to elect Republicans who will champion our values and our dreams.”
And some Republicans have been quick to blame the election on Trump’s election victory.
“The problem is not that Trump won,” Sen. Jeff Flake, R of Arizona, said on CNN on Sunday.
“He lost the popular vote.
But we don’t have to accept that outcome.”
Flake, who was elected to the Senate in 2020 and serves as the Senate majority leader, said Trump’s win in the Electoral College would have been a major blow to the party.
He added that it would be “an incredible shame” if Trump were to win the presidency again.
“We will never forget him.
We will never forgive him.
And we will never give up.
And I think that we will see an outpouring of love for him in the months ahead,” Flake said.