Analyst says Trump’s base will support him if he backs off wall funding demand

Public opinion analyst Karlyn Bowman predicted Friday that President Trump’s base would continue to support him if he struck a deal with Democrats to reopen the federal government that did not include his requested $5 billion in funding for a border wall.

“The White House is interpreting it as a very important thing for its base, and you certainly see that in terms of the commentators, supporters of the base [who] have been talking about these things for a long time,” Bowman, a senior fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, told Hill.TV’s Jamal Simmons on “What America’s Thinking.” 

“But I think they will support him even if he doesn’t get the wall,” she continued. “Your base is people who are with you when you’re wrong, when you’re right – they’re with you all of the time.”

The government shutdown entered its 21st day on Friday, which marked the first paycheck missed by federal employees impacted by the shutdown. 

Trump and Democratic lawmakers remain far apart on any deal for border security that would allow various federal agencies to reopen.

Trump has dug in on his request for more than $5 billion in funding for a barrier on the border while Democrats have offered $1.3 billion in border security funding but no money for a wall.

Conservative media figures, including Ann Coulter and Rush Limbaugh, pushed back on Trump last month when the White House announced it would find another way to pay for the wall. 

— Julia Manchester

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