Saturday pop: where to go for Christmas lunch – audio

12.36pm GMT This year, Trump voters went by trends. They fed the white supremacist narrative over the multiple killings of white Americans. They demonized women and latinos for immigration. They sustained the wronged-woman-vs-superpredator narrative…

Saturday pop: where to go for Christmas lunch - audio

12.36pm GMT

This year, Trump voters went by trends. They fed the white supremacist narrative over the multiple killings of white Americans. They demonized women and latinos for immigration. They sustained the wronged-woman-vs-superpredator narrative that led to the mass incarceration of 1.5 million African Americans. And they voted for a leader who framed good white people as a scourge on society because he didn’t like the Mexicans.

But 2018 could be a hard year for Trump voters.

Scandals are coming for Trump and his team: Trump Jr, Rudy Giuliani, Peter Navarro, Corey Lewandowski and James Comey

First, there is the investigation into his family business and possible obstruction of justice. Second, there are the growing scandals around Michael Cohen, the personal lawyer, and the president’s son.

The third dimension of that crisis is immigration. The president has a personal interest in extending protections for undocumented immigrants under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (Daca) program – originally set to expire in March. If such protections are not renewed, more than 800,000 young people could face deportation.

“We feel Trump is making a concerted effort to pardon the guilty and his pardon authority is wide open,” said Dinah PoKempner, the attorney for Eliana Lopez, a 23-year-old DACA recipient at risk of losing her community.

Of course, Trump could fire Robert Mueller. That’s an obvious next step if the Russia investigation uncovers Trump’s ties to Russia, although his 2020 Republican opponent may be running against an independent.

And whether or not that happens, 2018 could be the year that the Republican Party plays defense against a Republican president in his second term. In other words, as Republicans “agree to disagree”, they may find themselves unable to compete in a midterm election.

The midterm elections are about who gets re-elected in 2018: The question is whether they can hold together, or whether one or more seats could be lost.

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