According to NBC and the Wall Street Journal, only 45% of Americans are optimistic or hopeful about Trump taking office. That’s a lot lower than the 66% who felt that way when Obama took office eight years ago. Usually a President-elect rides in on a popular wave, but Trump lost the popular vote by 2%. Even George W. Bush, who lost the popular vote by .5% and needed the Supreme Court to stop the Florida recount in order to win in the Electoral College, took office with 59% of Americans feeling at least hopeful about his Presidency. The lack of confidence in Trump is “unpresidented.” I hope you, as a Republican leader, will proceed carefully. While the claim that the GOP has a voter mandate is common PR rhetoric, do not fall victim to it yourself. The majority of Americans are not behind you. If you push through a rightwing agenda, you will further ignite the opposition that will set back even your most moderate goals. But if you seek true bipartisanism, you will dampen opposition and gain much more yourself. Please choose wisely.