The Republican party’s complicity in the agenda of their out-of-control leader President Trump is fairly universal.
Despite the occasional appearance of a “never-Trump,” formerly GOP talking head on a cable news program, among the Republicans who matter, the ones in Congress who could act as a check on the president’s increasingly bizarre behaviors, Trump opponents are limited to a few legislators who have already announced that they will not be running for reelection and those who have terminal illnesses.
Even among this limited subset of Republicans, you can rest assured that the opposition to the Trump agenda is usually limited to pithy sound bites while their voting records track the president’s wishes the vast majority of the time.
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With that in mind, make what you will of the response that retiring Arizona Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) made to the comments that White House National Trade Council Director Peter Navarro made about Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau earlier today.
Navarro appeared on Fox News Sunday, where he told host Chris Wallace that:
“There’s a special place in hell for any foreign leader that engages in bad-faith diplomacy with President Donald J. Trump and then tries to stab him in the back on the way out the door. And that’s what bad-faith Justin Trudeau did with that stunt press conference.”
Senator Flake saw an account of the Trade Council Director’s comments on Politico and immediately took to Twitter in an act of self-preserving distancing, demonstrating his deep denial of the reality of a Republican party now transformed by Trump into a cesspool of corruption, stupidity, and immorality.
Fellow Republicans, this is not who we are. This cannot be our party. https://t.co/xkGMYfoR9w
— Jeff Flake (@JeffFlake) June 10, 2018
While Senator Flake’s wishful thinking requires a seriously heavy set of blinders to become believable, even then his party’s stances on healthcare, immigration, income inequality, law enforcement, and equal rights for all citizens regardless of race, color, creed, national origin, or sexual orientation tell American citizens exactly who the Republicans are and why the reigns of control must be wrested from their hands in the November midterm elections.
Lament away for the GOP of old, Senator Flake, but it wasn’t any better in terms of its policy objectives, even if it was politely smiling as it bashed the working classes squarely on the noggin. The one thing you can say on Trump’s behalf is that he’s dispensed with the pretense and wears his evil right on his sleeve for all to see.
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