As the border wall shutdown approaches the unenviable milestone of longest in American history, President Trump’s childish obstinacy is beginning to become a major problem for Senate Republicans.
Torn between the public pressure to end the standoff and their need to support the leader of their party, even the most ardent Trump bootlickers are beginning to show their exasperation with the toddler-in-chief.
On Thursday, Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) complained that “I think we’re stuck. I just don’t see a pathway forward. I don’t see a way forward. I have never been more depressed about moving forward than I am right now,” weakly throwing up his hands and pretending that there’s nothing that he and his fellow Republicans could do to end this impasse.
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All Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the rest of the Republicans have to do is do their jobs and bring the House’s reopening bill up for a vote. As conservative Jennifer Rubin scathingly writes in the Washington Post:
The answer to Graham’s dilemma is simple: Do your job. The Senate can take up the bills to open the government passed by the House…What Graham and the rest of his colleagues cannot do is simultaneously enable an unhinged, authoritarian president and uphold their oaths of office. And what they surely should not do is facilitate or encourage Trump to usurp the power of the purse.
But that’s exactly what they’re doing, and anyone expecting the mythical “real principled conservatives” in the GOP to magically grow a backbone and not meekly do whatever Trump tells them to clearly hasn’t been paying attention to American politics for the past decade.
Democratic rising star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter and gave some simple if rather biting advice for the President’s whiny lapdogs that perfectly encapsulates how much responsibility lies with the GOP and how easy it would be for them to fix this enormously stupid and entirely unnecessary crisis that is only hurting the people who don’t have anything to do with it:
Three easy ways for the GOP to stop feeling sorry for themselves:
✅ Give honest, working people their pay back
✅ Pass legislation that actually helps people
✅ Stop asking the Koch Brothers’ permission to go to the bathroom
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 11, 2019
The fact that the Republicans are willing to let nearly a million people struggle to make ends meet and put food on their tables as creditors and landlords come demanding their pound of flesh and have the gall to complain about how THEY — who are still drawing enormous salaries for the week or so of “work” they’ve done this year — are “depressed” about it shows just how removed they are from what being an actual American is like.