Why do Republicans continue to stand for Trump attacking them, disrespecting them, disgracing their party and helping them lose elections?
Just one day after Americans rebuked Trump, handing a House majority to the Democratic Party at a time when the unemployment rate is below 4 percent, Trump celebrated the defeat of Republicans on his enemies list.
“Mia Love gave me no love. And she lost. Too bad. Sorry about that, Mia.”
You had some that decided to, ‘Let’s stay away. Let’s stay away.’ They did very poorly. I’m not sure that I should be happy or sad, but I feel just fine about it. But Mia Love gave me no love. And she lost. Too bad. Sorry about that, Mia. I think she could have won that race, but she didn’t want to have any embrace. Peter Roskam didn’t want the embrace. Erik Paulsen didn’t want the embrace.
These Republicans lost their seats because they were too close to Trump; they were in the same party as him! Trump is a cancer to the educated, affluent, cultured suburban districts they represent.
Barbara Comstock represented Virginia’s 10th district, outside of Washington, DC, the district with the second-highest median income in the country. Hillary Clinton won Comstock’s district by 10 points.
Trump actually did decide to embrace Erik Paulsen, who represented suburbs of Minneapolis. As Politico reported,
He tried repeatedly to distance himself from Trump—whose approval rating in the 3rd District tumbled into the 30s this fall—but it was little use: Phillips branded him as a rubber-stamp for the White House, while the president himself was so irritated by Paulsen’s lack of loyalty that he insisted on sending not one but two tweets endorsing him.
So the guy Trump endorsed lost. And Trump seemingly sent endorsements his way just to make his reelection harder for him. Trump is such an egomaniac that he would rather hand over control of the mechanisms of House investigations of the president to Democrats than to see a Republican who doesn’t kiss his ass at every turn win election.
Ultimately, Mia Love, et al, would never try to get Trump’s taxes released or vote to impeach him. They might release statements every so often rhetorically criticizing him. Barbara Comstock might vote against a poorly-written Republican healthcare bill that would have never passed Senate, anyway.
But climate scientist Michael Mann is right: What are they actually going to do to keep Trump in line?
Rep. Ryan Costello, who retired rather than fight against a blue wave, said he was “disgusted” by Trump’s attacks on his own party.
But is Mr. Costello really surprised? Didn’t he know what he was signing up for when he supported Trump’s nomination to be the Republican nominee at the Republican National Convention? When Costello voted for Trump to become president?
Was he not “disgusted” by anything Trump said before the GOP convention started, before Trump even dropped his hat in the race, even? He wasn’t “disgusted” by Trump’s attacks on POWs, Trump’s birtherism, Trump’s ad calling for the execution of 5 black children in a case in which they were found innocent, Trump’s mockery of women and disabled people, or the manifold more disgusting things Trump said and did?
From the first Republican debate, they knew Trump wasn’t even loyal to the party when Trump refused to say he would support the eventual Republican nominee. Instead of blocking him from participation in future debates or even taking him off the ballot, both actions which would have been morally and legally justified, they rewarded him–set up a photo-op at Trump’s home base to make Trump look like he was both strong and Republican, when pathetic Reince Priebus had him sign that worthless piece of paper.
Republicans knew what they were getting, and they happily signed up for it. So they should save their tears until they learn something. Trump is disloyal to the Republican Party–not to mention the U.S. Constitution and democratic principles–but the Republican Party remains loyal to him.
MORE: The Democratic candidate is also leading in the race for the Arizona Senate seat, the one incumbent Jeff Flake retired from after facing criticism from Trump and fearing a primary. So there’s another that Trump’s ego might have cost the GOP.
Politico reported before the election that Trump ignored calls from House Republicans to focus on the economy rather than fear-mongering over the ‘caravan’:
House Speaker Paul Ryan got President Donald Trump on the phone Sunday for one final plea on behalf of anxious Republicans: Please, please talk up the booming economy in the final hours before Election Day.
But Trump, unsurprisingly, had another issue on his mind. He boasted to Ryan that his focus on immigration has fired up the base, according to a source familiar with the call.