Paul Krugman argues in the New York Times that Trump is failing the US on trade and failing our allies in the Western democratic alliance with his destructive, erratic behavior.
Trump obviously dislikes anything that smacks of rule of law applying equally to the weak and the strong. At home, he pardons criminal bigots while ripping children away from their parents. In international relations, he consistently praises brutal strongmen while heaping scorn on democratic leaders... He doesn’t want to fix these institutions. He wants to destroy them.
But the more Trump is pilloried by European protesters and late-night talk show hosts, the more the GOP rank-and-file rally around him. Obama didn't have anything close to this level of support from Democrats 18 months into his first term.
Republican voters repeatedly described an instinctive, protective response to the president, and their support has grown in recent months: Mr. Trump’s approval rating among Republicans is now about 90 percent.
Others refer to the maxim "everything Trump touches dies." He failed as a businessman. He failed to win the popular vote. When he's done with America, we will likely look like one of his casinos. Unless you're Vladimir Putin or a member of the one percent, he and his presidency are a giant failure.
Trump was born with money. He’s a failed businessman. He has spent his entire life going into new business ventures, speculating, failing, blaming, litigating, pushing responsibility elsewhere, and repeat. He’s applying the same tactic to his politics
But those who dislike the president and his policies have to acknowledge his many victories, and say he continues on this track he'll be a shoo-in for 2020.
Consider Trump’s record as president. He actually has something to run on. He’s cut taxes. He’s rolled back regulations. He’s put ISIS on its heels. The economy and the stock market are humming along again, despite recent turmoil. Any other Republican incumbent running on that record of relative peace and prosperity—just as Eisenhower and Reagan did—would be in pretty good shape for reelection.