Things stink for the GOP
Two moderate House Republicans announced surprise retirements this week, quickening the pulse of Republicans waiting to see if a wave of retirements will jeopardize the party’s path to holding the House majority in 2018.
As President Trump fuels uncertainty in Washington and his low approval rating raises question about whether the GOP can hold the House, there’s concern among Republicans that lawmakers facing tough reelection campaigns might begin to take the road of least resistance and retire.
GOP turning on itself because of Trump
Freedom Caucus Blames GOP Leadership For Trump’s Deal With Dems
Far-right radio host Mark Levin said Trump wanted to get back at the “RINOs” (Republicans In Name Only) so he decided to “lurch left and work with Schumer and Pelosi.”
Levin slammed Trump for a lack of leadership and said, “he sold us out on DACA.”
“That’s not what a leader does,” Levin said. “He doesn’t throw in with leftists because the clowns who lead the Republican party are clowns. How does that work?”
‘Trump sold us out’ say conservatives after deal with ‘Chuck and Nancy’
The effort threatens to drain millions from party coffers that could be used against Democrats.
The next six months are full of hazards for Republicans — largely created by Trump.
Trump’s flirtations with Democrats and fixation on divisive campaign promises have paved the way for hazardous, rolling deadlines over the next six months on spending, the debt ceiling and immigration.
The debt and spending bill approved by Capitol Hill on Friday averted imminent fiscal disaster, but it’s added more misery for a Republican Party whose agenda has floundered even with unified control of Washington for the first time in a decade. It’s also given Democrats significant leverage to imperil tax reform, the GOP’s best hope at a major legislative victory.
Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) got an earful from some of the crowd during a town hall over the weekend at Robinson Theatre at Colorado Mesa University. While the audience was supportive of the senator’s proposal to protect the Dreamers from deportation now that Donald Trump has rescinded DACA, they were not so thrilled with his ideas on health care or on cutting the corporate tax rates
Trump’s former chief of staff Reince Priebus and White House counsel Don McGahn have reportedly both hired a lawyer amid the investigation into Russian election meddling.
White House communications director Hope Hicks recently retained a personal attorney, Politico reported late Friday, amid reports that special counsel Robert Mueller will probably seek to interview her as part of the investigation he is leading into Russian interference in the 2016 election.