WASHINGTON—One day after protesters denouncing President Donald Trump flooded city streets around the U.S., Democrats faced the prospect of turning the freewheeling day of protest into sustained popular opposition to the new president’s agenda.
Democrats, out of power and in the midst of an internal debate about the party’s future direction, said they were cheered by the depths of the opposition to Mr. Trump shown by large turnouts for Women’s March events in dozens of cities.
But party veterans said the key to any Democratic reversal of fortunes would be capitalizing on opposition to Mr. Trump, who enters office as the least popular president in the history of modern polling. That effort will take sustained organizing and outreach to people who haven’t necessarily been previously engaged in politics, strategists said.
“You’ve got a whole bunch of people who are leaving D.C. and elsewhere with a great, positive buzz and no real direction,” said David Axelrod, who was former President Barack Obama’s top political strategist and attended the Washington, D.C., march.
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