The slant towards nominations in 2020 additionally had the impact of driving up Republican senators’ assist for the president, as they nearly universally backed his picks. They backed Trump 90 % of the time general — variations between Trump and Republican senators over the president’s authority to assault Iran and the annual protection authorization invoice introduced that quantity down — and 93 % over his presidency, weighting every year equally. By comparability, Republican senators backed President George W. Bush 86 % of the time throughout his eight years as president.
Democratic senators’ votes exhibit the other impact. They backed Trump a median of 34 % of the time in 2020 and 36 % over his 4 years, counting every year equally. In contrast, their common assist rating for Bush’s eight years was 51 %.
Within the Senate, the minority get together’s willingness to cooperate with a president of the opposite get together has badly eroded in simply the final era. In 2000, the final yr of Invoice Clinton’s presidency, the hole within the presidential assist scores between the Republican senator most keen to again the president, Olympia J. Snowe of Maine at 72 %, and the least supportive GOP senator, John McCain of Arizona, was a mere 18 factors.
That hole grew in George W. Bush’s and Obama’s presidencies and have become a yawning canyon in Trump’s. The distinction between the Democratic senator most supportive of Trump in 2020, Joe Manchin III of West Virginia, and the least, Warren, was 48 factors, with Manchin backing Trump’s place 67 % of the time.
These variations, nonetheless, had been nearly fully symbolic with Republicans in control of the chamber and solely a easy majority required to verify Trump’s picks. Republicans didn’t want Democratic votes.