As each day progresses forward in Donald Trump’s presidency, GOP Senators and Representatives are letting Trump know he’s creating turmoil. Plus, the 219 Republicans up for re-election recognize being associated with Trump might backfire on Election Day, 2020. But … a lifetime registered Republican can save the GOP in 2020.

Conservative research polling notes astute Republican voters are not comfortable with our 45th president. More than 90 percent of Trump’s not-well-thought-out policies have been overruled by the court systems, his trade war is harming GOP-backed states, his tax-reform law has failed (7.6 percent reduction in revenue) and the economy will most likely fall into a recession ahead of the 2020 election. But … a U.S. Marine and Vietnam platoon commander can save the GOP in 2020.

Republican senators Chuck Grassley (Iowa), Lamar Alexander (Tenn.), Johnny Isakson (Georgia), Pat Toomey (Penn.), Tim Scott (S. Car.), Rand Paul (Ken.), Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.) and John Thune (S. Dak.) have met with Trump but to no avail. Their concerns center around Trump’s withdrawal from the Trans-Pacific Partnership, tinkering with the successful 25-year old NAFTA agreement, economy-wrecking trade war (“Volkswagen is not a national security threat,” Pat Toomey), surprise foreign and domestic policy edicts, security clearance abuse, current year’s deficit is up 40 percent from last year, the federal debt will be $23 trillion by October and praise of dictators Kim Jong-un, Mohammad bin Salman and Vladimir Putin. But … a person who worked for presidents George H.W. Bush (R), Bill Clinton (D), George W. Bush (R) and Barack Obama (D) can save the GOP in 2020.

Trump’s recent 2020 fiscal year budget proposal (Oct. 2019-Sept., 2020) is disheartening to street-smart Republicans with troubling issues like: 1) 15 percent increased budget that will grow the federal deficit by $1.1 trillion, 2) 15 percent cut of agriculture budget, 3) repealing the Affordable Care Act (insures 21 million people) with no replacement plan and 4) reducing Social Security by $26 billion and Medicare by $575 billion (Trump vowed in 2016 not to cut either program). But … a Purple Heart and Bronze Star recipient can save the GOP in 2020.

Most of America’s savvy Republicans admit Trump lacks intellectual curiosity and a basic understanding of internal affairs, diplomacy and foreign relations. Peggy Noonan, revered conservative columnist for the pro-business Wall Street Journal writes about Trump’s presidency, “our country is stressed to the point of fracture culturally, economically, politically, socially. The nation longs for examples of constructiveness and capability.” But … a former FBI Director can save the GOP in 2020.

Republicans need to ask Robert S. Mueller III to be their 2020 Presidential candidate and rescue the GOP and United States from further despair. No Democrat would have a chance against GOP loyalist Mueller.

How could any voter, regardless of their political preference, not embrace Mueller? After all, Mueller is GOP’s hero. Mueller was the DOJ’s Special Counsel that allegedly cleared Trump of collusion.

Additionally, Mueller has netted 199 criminal charges, 37 indictments or guilty pleas, five prison sentences and ongoing investigations including Trump Organization, Russia Federation’s Trump Hotel, Trump Foundation, Trump Inaugural Committee, insurance fraud, Deutsche Bank loans, employment of illegal immigrant workers, violation of Constitution’s anti-corruption provisions and emoluments clause violation. Mueller’s proven to be a trusted, disciplined mature Republican.

Mueller would be the GOP’s slam-dunk 46th President. Add Colin Powell (R) to the ticket and ka-ching, the election is over — domestic and foreign respect for our country would return to America by having once again an honest national leader, commander-in-chief, manager of the economy, chief executive and chief diplomat.

Steve Corbin is Professor Emeritus of Marketing, University of Northern Iowa, and a 1966 graduate of Nevada High School.