Should Democrats Cooperate with Donald Trump?

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Democrats should not cooperate with Donald Trump’s presidency.

  • Allowing Trump to claim to be a bipartisan President strengthens his political stature.

  • Cooperation with Trump is bound to fail; Democrats should focus on forming a policy platform which they can run on in 2018 and 2020.

  • Cooperation with Trump will require trading away key Democratic priorities; this should be avoided at all costs.

  • Cooperating with Trump normalises his Presidency and everything he stands for, something which Democrats should be opposed to.

  • Trump is not a Democrat vs Republican problem. Framing as such makes it harder for Republicans to voice their own disgust with POTUS.

  • Democrats can weigh the costs and benefits of cooperation on a case-by-case basis. It is highly unlikely that cooperation will always turn out to be a bad idea, so rather than adopting a blanket policy, Democrats should reserve cooperation for the few cases where it is rational.

  • Refusing to cooperate with or obstructing the other party when they are in government violates democratic norms and principles.

  • Democrats must cooperate with Trump in order to forward their legislative agenda, an agenda that stands in opposition to the ideals Trump espouses.

  • Refusal to cooperate with Trump will polarise the American public even more.