Opinion | Republicans Are Social Distancing from Trump

  

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Opinion | Republicans Are Social Distancing from Trump

Republican candidates including incumbents must now run from Trump if they want to have a chance.  


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Republicans Are Social Distancing from Trump


He's got a bad case of bad polls numbers and they don't want to catch it.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell listens to U.S. President Donald Trump talk to reporters on July 20, 2020. | Doug Mills-Pool/Getty Images

Jack Shafer is Politico's senior media writer.

Donald Trump has proposed some pretty loopy stuff during his presidency. He pitched the idea of buying Greenland. He proposed the nullification of hurricanes with nukes. He discussed issuing an executive order to end birthright citizenship. He called himself the chosen one. The way to treat veteran depression, he said, was for the Department of Veteran Affairs to buy and distribute massive amounts of ketamine. He even claimed to be winning the war against Covid-19.

At each bonkers juncture, Trump could always depend on his Republican allies to look away, say they hadn't seen the president's crazed tweet, or concoct an elaborate defense of Trump's asininity, as Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas did on the Greenland purchase idea. Cotton published a New York Times op-ed praising the geopolitical brilliance of the suggested transaction.

But Trump's streak ended this week after he mused in a Thursday tweet about delaying the November election—which would require an act of Congress—and a tornadic waterspout of official Republican disapproval drenched him. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell flatly rejected the idea in a TV interview and Rep. Liz Cheney, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and Senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham shared his scorn. The closest any big deal Republicans came to backing the delay was Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who declined to give a thumbs up or down to the idea, and Trump campaign spokesman Hogan Gidley, who meekly offered that Trump was merely "raising a question." Sen. John Cornyn tried marginalizing it as a "joke." But after nobody rose to second Trump's idea, even he climbed down later in the day. "Do I want to see a date change? No," Trump said at a news conference. "But I don't want to see a crooked election."

From whence did this new Republican spine come? They never made of show of contradicting his banana republican ideas before, so why did they start making make a fuss about a postponed election now?

Institutional Republicans have always been obedient to Trump, but like hungry dogs, their obedience has been conditional. They have submitted to him or averted their eyes during his maximum moments of overreach, not out of direct fear of his wrath but because 1) they feared he might turn voters against him by "primarying" them and 2) they had no incentive to abandon him.

But in recent months, as Trump has botched the Covid-19 recovery and crashed the economy, and as he has descended in the polls, Trump's stranglehold on his fellow Republicans has weakened to a fingerhold. Practically every major news outlet—the Los Angeles Times; the Chicago Tribune; the Washington Post; the New York Times; the Atlantic; POLITICO; NPR, etc.—has foretold the disaster the impending Trump defeat will visit upon the Republican Senate, and that has bestowed on Republicans the sauve qui peut incentive they needed. If Trump is truly losing voters, he's also losing sway over Republican legislators. Trump-sympathetic lawmakers, such as Sen. Susan Collins and Graham are already suffering in the polls thanks to their association with the man. They know that prolonging the contact with Trump only increases the chances of infection. This is not to say that one tweet in July has caused Trump's Republican brothers to abandon him, but the calculated distancing by top GOP leaders signals their willingness to break up with the party boss.

Congressional Republicans stiffed Trump for another reason. Every Republican running this has a budget, a strategy to win their seat, and a calendar that stops on November 3, and while it might help Trump for them to postpone the election, it's too late in the process for a date change to help them. In fact, changing the date can only hurt Republicans who will have to defend their votes as a blatant attempt to throw the election to Trump. Because most incumbents, Republican or Democrat, win reelection—postponement will only introduce unhappy chaos into these cinched contests, and neither party wants that.

Finally, there's no way the Democratic-controlled House would ever oblige Trump by voting for a new Election Day, so the idea of changing the date—something that can't happen—doesn't even merit the status of hypothetical.

By combining stupid with impossible at a time when stupid plus impossible can no longer work for him, Trump has signaled his desperation. It's no accident that Federalist Society co-founder Steven Calabresi, a longtime defender of all things Trump, picked the delayed election moment to stab him in the back with a Thursday New York Times op-ed calling the Election Day delay unconstitutional and insisting on his impeachment and conviction if he doesn't repent.

If Trump fails to rebound in the polls, be on the lookout for more social distancing by his Republican colleagues and supporters, even the evangelicals, then informal articles of separation and, by November, divorce.

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Remember in April when, wiping his feet on the Constitution, Trump claimed dominion over state governors? "When somebody's president of United States, the authority is total," he said. Those were the good old days. His Republican colleagues would swallow any swill he served. 


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JBB
1  seeder  JBB    one week ago

To be safe republican candidates are now  keeping their distance from Trump. He is political virulence...

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
1.1  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  JBB @1    one week ago

Well the good news for Trump is that he still has the respect and love from Jim Jordan and Matt Gaetz.  It's the best of 3 worlds...an idiot, a bully, and a drunk.  

 
 
 
JBB
1.1.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1.1    one week ago

The "Charm Free" Trio...

 
 
 
Krishna
1.1.2  Krishna  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1.1    one week ago
Well the good news for Trump is that he still has the respect and love from Jim Jordan and Matt Gaetz.  It's the best of 3 worlds...an idiot, a bully, and a drunk.  

Well, a lot of people still feel that sort of love and respect for Dear Leader--- and not just a few nut-case Republican politicians! But also many who are "jus' plain folks"...ordinary Americans citizens . .

The media's been saying some pretty negative things about Donald Trump-- but what are REAL AMERICANS saying? .

(Warning: Some people may find parts of the following video to be offensive..heheheh)

Voters for Trump Ad - SNL (Humor)

 
 
 
Adam_Selene
1.1.3  Adam_Selene  replied to  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom @1.1    one week ago

OK -  An idiot, a bully, and a drunk walked into a bar.

Tell us the rest of the it.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
1.1.4  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Adam_Selene @1.1.3    one week ago

The bartender says "What will you have Mr. President?"

 
 
 
Gsquared
1.1.5  Gsquared  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @1.1.4    one week ago

That is so funny!

 
 
 
Release The Kraken
1.1.6  Release The Kraken  replied to  Gsquared @1.1.5    one week ago

Paula is working on her stand up routine. I'm planning to see her at the Chuckle Hut next week.

 
 
 
Gsquared
1.1.7  Gsquared  replied to  Release The Kraken @1.1.6    one week ago

I've been reading some of your seeds and comments.  You didn't pass the audition, did you? 

(Joke [?]  Not taunting, not bullying OK)

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
1.1.8  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Gsquared @1.1.5    5 days ago

I can't take the credit.  I heard that joke somewhere.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
1.1.9  Trout Giggles  replied to  Paula Bartholomew @1.1.8    5 days ago

But you tell it well

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
1.1.10  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  Trout Giggles @1.1.9    5 days ago

Awww, ty.

 
 
 
Gsquared
2  Gsquared    one week ago

The stench coming from the Trump administration will cause anyone with functioning olfactory senses to keep as much distance as possible...

 
 
 
JBB
2.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  Gsquared @2    one week ago

Proximity to the gop may cause vomiting, low birth weight, tooth decay, mental illnesses, anal bleeding, heart attack, stroke and sever sexual malady...

 
 
 
Gsquared
2.1.1  Gsquared  replied to  JBB @2.1    one week ago

... apoplexy, shingles and mad cow disease.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
2.1.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  JBB @2.1    one week ago

"New Testament type stuff...dogs and cats living together...mass hysteria!" (Ghostbusters)

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
2.1.3  Trout Giggles  replied to  Gsquared @2.1.1    5 days ago

and excessive farting

 
 
 
Raven Wing
2.2  Raven Wing  replied to  Gsquared @2    one week ago
The stench coming from the Trump administration will cause anyone with functioning olfactory senses to keep as much distance as possible...

That may also be whey more of them are wearing masks while around him. Trump seems to be the only one who thinks his rancid smell don't stink.

 
 
 
Kavika
3  Kavika     one week ago

It may turn into a track meet soon.

 
 
 
JBB
3.1  seeder  JBB  replied to  Kavika @3    one week ago

I want to see Lindsey Graham and Mitch McConnell pick up the pace and start laying down tracks...

 
 
 
Gsquared
3.2  Gsquared  replied to  Kavika @3    one week ago

It may turn into a track meet soon.

Yes, but in their case it will be the proverbial race to the bottom.

 
 
 
bbl-1
4  bbl-1    one week ago

To many on the GOP, for their own political interests, may wish to 'distance' themselves from the Trump, but they can't distance themselves from dirty Russian and Saudi money.

Notice how the NRA has become almost invisible lately?  Dirty money.

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
5  Buzz of the Orient    one week ago
"Republican candidates including incumbents must now run from Trump if they want to have a chance."

Trump and his associates will still get a few votes - from some of the die-hard "Trump can do no wrong" members here.  After the vote has been counted they will post articles/comments to say Trump lost because the CCP printed the ballots and they automatically and electronically on a signal from Huawei switched the check marks.  In fact, in their paranoia they probably believe it will end up with Xi Jinping being elected as POTUS. 

 
 
 
Adam_Selene
5.1  Adam_Selene  replied to  Buzz of the Orient @5    one week ago
In fact, in their paranoia they probably believe it will end up with Xi Jinping being elected as POTUS

No - it would not be legal.

Xi was of course born in Kenya.

I have a copy of his birth certificate right here - I think - well it's in Chinese so ...

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
6  sandy-2021492    one week ago

Article image has been updated.  Folks, please post the image that accompanies a seeded article.

 
 
 
Tessylo
7  Tessylo    one week ago

I know it's a different 'social distancing' you're talking about here but in regards to Co-Vid, none of the turds wear a mask around the turd in chief and they're dropping like flies.

 
 
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