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Charles Krauthammer: Trump's Short Honeymoon Officially Over

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By    |   Friday, 13 Jan 2017 12:50 PM

President-elect Donald Trump's honeymoon period has ended before his inauguration, according to columnist Charles Krauthammer.

"The shortest honeymoon on record is officially over," The Washington Post columnist wrote for the National Review. "Normally, newly elected presidents enjoy a wave of goodwill that allows them to fly high at least through their first 100 days. Donald Trump has not yet been sworn in, and the honeymoon has already come and gone."

Krauthammer cites several reasons for this, including the left's reaction to Trump victory and his outspoken personality, which separates him from previous presidents-elect.

"In the latest Quinnipiac poll, the numbers have essentially returned to Trump's (historically dismal) pre-election levels," he writes, citing a poll released Tuesday showing more voters disapprove than approve of Trump's handling the position of president-elect.

"For several reasons. First, the refusal of an unbending Left to accept the legitimacy of Trump's victory. It's not just the demonstrators chanting 'not my president'; it is leading Democrats pushing one line after another to delegitimize the election, as in: He lost the popular vote, it's James Comey's fault, the Russians did it."

"Second, Trump's own instincts and inclinations, a thirst for attention that leads to hyperactivity. His need to dominate every news cycle feeds an almost compulsive tweet habit. It has placed him just about continuously at the center of the national conversation, and not always to his benefit."

During an appearance on Fox News, Krauthammer argued that Democrats are attempting to sabotage Trump's presidency before they lose power.

"I don't want to impute a general conspiracy here, but it looks as if the Democrats, on their way out the door, are trying to leave behind as many landmines as they can to at least cast doubts on the legitimacy of the Trump victory," he said, referring to the continued talk of Russian interference in the election.

"Many Democrats think that's why they lost," he added. "Now, that would have faded into history. This is a way to say it's not going to, and it will remain there. I'm not sure this is the best way to ensure a good transition, one where you transfer not just the authority of office but the legitimacy. But that seems to be what the Democrats want to do as they get out of power."

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