You know your presidency is in trouble when the best you can do on Memorial Day weekend is send tweets about your TV viewing, your golf game, and how you and a murderous dictator agree in your negative assessment of your leading political opponent.
You know just how deep that trouble is when your normally obsequious Republican minions in Congress start to criticize your dubious judgment in their own Twitter posts.
As an Air Force veteran who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan and still serves in the National Gaurd, Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) was particularly disturbed by President Trump’s inexplicable decision to attack former Vice President Joe Biden — while simultaneously kowtowing to North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong Un — on a sacred American patriotic holiday, all while traveling overseas.
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It’s Memorial Day Weekend and you’re taking a shot at Biden while praising a dictator. This is just plain wrong. https://t.co/2ONOGEmy39
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) May 26, 2019
Despite the obviousness of Representative Kinzinger’s moral judgment of the clueless president’s behavior, he was one of the only Republicans willing to call out the viciousness, the traitorousness, and the pettiness of Trump’s tweeted attack on Biden.
With few Republicans left behind in Washington over the holiday weekend as Congress is in recess, only a handful of Trump surrogates were available to appear on Sunday morning political talk shows today to defend the president’s offensive tweet.
Congresswoman Liz Cheney, the number three ranked Republican in the House of Representatives, went on ABC‘s This Week and sidestepped the issue by focusing her remarks solely on Trump’s North Korea policy rather than the propriety of his social media posts.
“I think that what we have seen so far with this president with respect to North Korea is that he’s doing the right thing in terms of the policy,” Rep. Cheney said.
“I would say you’ve got to judge based on actions, you’ve got to look where we are today and where we are today is the president walked away, he was not willing to accept a phony deal, which too many of his predecessors have been,” Cheney continued, still avoiding Trump’s attack on Biden.
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, on the other hand, was forced into a defense of the president during her appearance on NBC‘s Meet The Press when host Chuck Todd asked her directly whether Trump was “essentially siding with a murderous authoritarian dictator over a former vice president in the United States?”
Sanders refused to acknowledge that the president was taking Kim’s side.
“Chuck, the president’s not siding with that. But I think they agree in their assessment of former Vice President Joe Biden,” Sanders answered. “Again, the president’s focus in this process is the relationship he has and making sure we continue on the path towards denuclearization.”
While most other GOP leaders took advantage of their holiday weekend to remain silent on the issue, kudos to Congressman Kinzinger for bravely proclaiming his outrage at the president’s unprecedented politicization of foreign diplomacy.
While the Illinois representative did not go as far as his Michigan Republican colleague Congressman Justin Amash in calling for Trump’s impeachment, Kinzinger’s tweet demonstrates that the formerly solid wall of support by the congressional members of his party that the president enjoyed is beginning to crumble.
Perhaps the GOP is beginning to see the writing on the wall, or, perhaps like Representative Amash, they’ve finally read version of the Mueller report available to them and realized what’s coming down the pike.
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Original reporting by Emily Goodin at The Daily Mail.