President Trump will solve our nation’s biggest problem – entirely by accident. He’ll inherit one of the most divisive Congresses in U.S. history, and he’s the only candidate who can restore true bipartisanship.
Why does that matter? Because few of the big problems in this country can be solved without Congress. Just ask President Obama, who has resorted to executive orders – one of which has already been blocked by the courts.
Here’s how I see this working…
A unifying divisive force
There are only two ways to repair a fractured Congress: With a president equally liked by both parties, or one equally reviled by them. You can see where I’m going here.
Congressional Democrats will of course hate losing the White House, but establishment Republicans (who still dominate in the House and Senate) won’t exactly be dancing in the halls of power.
Already, mainstream Republican voices like George Will have called Trump a “national embarrassment,” while South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley used the Republican response to Obama’s last State of the Union address to admonish Trump to “turn down the volume.”
So Congressional Democrats and Republicans, who have had little common ground these past eight years, will suddenly share the same enemy.
Winners don’t hang out with losers
As a businessman, Donald Trump didn’t need anyone’s approval before closing a deal. It’s a fair guess he won’t consult Congress on many deals, either.
Why would he? Trump likes to divide the world cleanly between “winners” and “losers.” He isn’t the kind of guy to befriend “losers,” and Congress currently has an 86 percent disapproval rating. In the 41 years pollsters have tracked that stat, the most dismal numbers have come since 2011.
If Congressional Democrats thought George W. Bush strong-armed them, and if Congressional Republicans think President Obama is end-running them, neither president publicly called them “losers.” How long do you think it’ll take before Trump drops that insult on Congress? Probably the first time it doesn’t support an initiative he wants.
Liberals and conservatives have one thing in common: Neither likes being called a loser. They’ll team up to win.
Constant pressure to be pals
Trump’s political views both encompass and offend Democratic and Republican principles.
Most obviously, his stance on immigration horrifies Democrats but also business-minded Republicans. But his praise for Russian president Vladimir Putin offends hawkish conservatives, while social conservatives are none to happy about his resignation on gay marriage (“well, it’s the way it is”) and his support for affirmative action (he’s “fine” with it).
President Trump will certainly make decisions that will insult deeply held beliefs on both sides of the aisle, compelling Congress to join forces to restore order.
After President Trump irks nearly all 435 House reps and 100 senators, they’ll meet, dine, and scheme together. They won’t budge philosophically, but it’s harder to demonize people you see every day, and who you toil with towards a common cause.
Even if President Trump serves one term, that means four years of Congress working side by side. Hopefully, when a traditional Democrat or Republican defeats Trump, some of those relationships will linger. And that’s how bipartisanship will return to Congress for a long time.