But under Trump, the electorate seems more worried about presidential coarseness even as the economy is on the cusp of realizing its potential for the first time in years. Trump’s toxicity with college-educated suburban voters, especially women, threatens Republican congressional majorities next year, even as those majorities help him deliver tax cuts and deregulation that could make the economy grow faster still.
In between his fiercely loyal base and the equally rabid “Resistance,” Trump fatigue appears to be setting in. “I thought that Trump was actually driving people to want to end the chaos,” Democratic strategist Joe Trippi told Vox’s Ezra Klein, explaining Doug Jones’ upset victory in Alabama over Roy Moore. “Even if you liked him, you didn’t want more chaos in Washington than what he was already creating.”