Posted September 23, 2018 11:03:52 A former Iowa state senator, a former governor, and two Iowa State presidents have come forward to share their thoughts on the 2016 election, describing the race as “toxic.”
“I don’t think it’s safe to predict the future, but I think it is safe to say that if there’s ever a chance that the United States of America has a president, there’s going to be a toxic atmosphere,” former Iowa Republican Party Chairman Greg Thielen told the Des Moines Register, according to the Deseret News.
“This was an election that was built on fear and a fear of other countries, that fear of our allies, that worry about what our friends are doing.
And it didn’t seem like they were doing anything to address that,” Thielen added.
A new poll from Public Policy Polling, released Monday, also found that the country is less likely to support the country’s new president, while Democrats are more likely to feel the nation’s problems are worse than the past president.
The poll found that 43 percent of Americans said they were likely to vote for a third-party candidate in 2020, compared to 31 percent who were not likely to do so.
Democrats, by a slim margin, are also more likely than Republicans to say they’d support a third party candidate if a third candidate won the election.
Despite a majority of Americans favoring the continuation of the nation, President Donald Trump and his allies have made it clear they are opposed to the country continuing as it is, and they have also accused Democrats of waging a war on minorities, immigrants, and Muslims.
Trump, in his first 100 days, has taken a number of measures that many Republicans oppose, including the rollback of ObamaCare, the roll back of protections for religious liberty, the repeal of protections from climate change, the gutting of environmental protections, and the rollbacks of federal programs that help the poor and the middle class.