Prior to the 2016 presidential election, Jeb Bush, son and brother to two former U.S. presidents, was among the Republican Party (GOP) lawmakers pursuing the GOP’s presidential nomination. Name recognition may have been on his side had another man with TV notoriety not entered into the race.
Donald Trump would go on to secure the primary and ultimately the election, leading to a controversial administration with fervent support from some people and equally intense opposition from others. Even within the GOP, some supporters struggled to cope with Trump’s approach to national politics which can, at times, seem to lack overarching strategy or the usual fit and finish Americans have come to expect from their executive branch.
Trump’s policy decisions and public statements are often the subject of debate, even within his own party. For instance, a dozen Republican senators sided with Democrats last week to overturn the president’s declaration of a national security emergency along the U.S. southern border in order to secure funding for a wall.
The president’s remarks about the late senator and former prisoner of war John McCain also led to some conservatives breaking rank with their party. McCain and Trump publicly didn’t see eye-to-eye on a number of initiatives, prompting the president to attack the senator over his standing as a “war hero.”