President Trump’s political isolation mounted on Wednesday, with business CEOs abandoning his economic advisory panels and GOP lawmakers ducking for cover.
Military leaders denounced racism a day after their commander in chief backtracked to say both sides were to blame for violence at a white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.
Critics of the president even extended in part to the airwaves of Fox News.
“Our president has literally betrayed the conscience of our country,” said Republican analyst Gianno Caldwell, an African-American who wiped tears from his eyes during a morning broadcast that quickly went viral. “He has failed us.”
The last two Republican presidents, George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush, implicitly condemned Trump’s reaction to the violence, urging the nation to “reject hatred in all forms.”
Republicans reached by The Hill said Trump’s hold on his party had reached a new low. Some pundits wondered whether a staff exodus was in the works, although sources close to the White House said that dealing with crises has become routine for Trump’s aides and that speculation about significant departures was overblown.
Several Republicans likened the controversy to the Hollywood Access crisis from the campaign, when a video surfaced of Trump making obscene and disparaging remarks about women.