“When have we ever had a presidency when the news cycle is dictated in the morning by what he tweets?” asked Rep. John Larson (D-Conn.). “You’re working overtime to make your case, and it’s like pushing the bean uphill, you realize what a difficult job it is in this environment.”
Since the start of their majority, House Democrats have largely struggled to push their message past the daily drumbeat of Trump tweets and scandals. But as House Republicans found out to their own detriment, the media now moves at the speed of Trump while Democrats are forced to legislate at the speed of Congress.
The result is a muddled message that has stoked anxiety among dozens of new members serving in red districts who are increasingly desperate to talk about their agenda. It’s also left senior Democrats worried about how they will steer the party as Trump moves into his reelection campaign.