A GOP congressman from Kentucky wonders: Is ‘this Trump thing’ sustainable?

A GOP congressman from Kentucky wonders: Is ‘this Trump thing’ sustainable?

Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) leaves the McLean County Courthouse in Calhoun, Ky., on May 12, 2017, after a town hall. (Michael Noble Jr./For The Washington Post)–Comer calms an argument between town hall attendees in Kentucky’s 1st Congressional District. As he prepared to host meetings during a congressional recess, Comer was eager to gauge his constituents’ views on President Trump. (Michael Noble Jr./For The Washington Post)
Comer pauses after a town hall meeting in his district, which is in the southern part of Kentucky. The district is 90 percent white, nearly 1 in 5 people live in poverty, more than 1 in 6 are disabled, and 72 percent voted for Trump. (Michael Noble, Jr./For The Washington Post)–The sheriff and other officers look on as Comer speaks at a town hall meeting May 12 at the Metcalfe County Judicial Center in Edmonton, Ky. It was one of four constituency meetings he held in three days. (Michael Noble, Jr./For The Washington Post)
 The congressman was home in Kentucky now, traveling through his district for the first time in a month and worried that, for Republicans, the “wheels were falling off.” Washington had been feeling like a city on fire. Every day brought a new crisis. Russia. The FBI. The vote to replace the Affordable Care Act, which he had cast just before leaving. “So much doom and gloom,” Rep. James Comer (R-Ky.) said. “It can play games with your mind.”

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