While Donald Trump gets most of the attention lately, many folks, myself included, have made sure to remind everyone that he’s only been empowered to act the way he does because of the spineless cowardice of the Republican Party and their refusal to hold him accountable for anything.
However, as most Republicans turn a blind eye to behavior that I can guarantee you they’d never allow a Democrat to get away with, there are plenty of signs that prove even they know Trump’s incompetent and corrupt.
1. The embarrassing failure of Trumpcare: If the GOP actually respected Trump, that disastrous bill would have been passed. However, despite Trump’s public hissy fits, threats, and Twitter meltdowns, Republicans still failed to “repeal and replace Obamacare.” With their “president” desperately needing a win (and a distraction), Republicans did their own thing, kept him almost completely out of the loop, and ultimately didn’t give in to his threats or attacks. The Republican Party’s inability to pass Trumpcare was a clear sign that they have absolutely no respect for their own “president.”
2. The party, itself, rarely defends him: I feel it’s important to point out that there’s a difference between not condemning Trump and actually defending him. When party leaders are asked to defend the “president,” they’ve often avoided doing so, typically trying to downplay something he’s said as opposed to standing up for him. Most within the party have tried to keep as much distance as they can from this “president” in what I think is their attempt to appease him enough as to not anger his supporters, but to also not tie themselves too close to someone who could implode at any moment. Does that make their behavior any better? Absolutely not — they’re still pathetic. I just felt it was important to point out the distinction between a strong defense of Trump and their avoidance of condemning something he’s said or done.
3. They don’t seem eager to tackle passing any of the major legislation he wants to sign: We’re looking at the very real possibility of a “president” serving his first year in office, with both houses of Congress controlled by his party, without signing any major legislation. Following the failure of Trumpcare, many felt Republicans would tackle tax reform upon returning from recess — something they may very well do. However, considering most people feel passing tax reform will be much more difficult than trying to “repeal and replace” Obamacare, the outlook doesn’t look good for Trump being able to accomplish that, either. I think the real story here is how less-than-enthusiastic Republicans have been to even tackle any of Trump’s biggest promises. Minus a few comments to placate Trump and his supporters, I’ve seen no sign from GOP leadership that tells me they’re eager to get back to Washington and start “making America great again.” That tells me that they’re dreading having to work on legislation backed by a “president” who’s becoming so toxic he could very well sink the entire party come next year’s midterms. I could be wrong, but that’s the gut feeling I get when I see Republicans talk about their future legislative plans.
4. They’re trying to limit Trump’s power over our military and national security: While Congress always acts uneasy giving a president too much power as it relates to using our military, a House panel acted rather quickly last month in passing an amendment aimed at repealing the 2001 Authorization of Military Force. Though it’s unlikely to be signed into law, the Appropriations Committee voting to remove some power Trump has to use our military is a strong rebuke of the trust they have in his competence, mental stability, or ability to make the right decisions on matters of national security. It’s telling that lawmakers from both sides of the aisle are acting to pass measures that limit Trump’s power to use our military — even if it’s unlikely that he’ll ever sign them if they ever make it to his desk. Things get even more embarrassing for the “president” when some reports have indicated Secretary of Defense James Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John Kelly have apparently worked on making sure that at least one of them is in the United States to avoid leaving Trump here alone.
That’s just embarrassing.
5. They overwhelmingly passed harsh sanctions on Russia despite Trump’s objections: As I wrote about recently, while Trump signed these new sanctions against Russia, he really didn’t have a choice. Despite his obvious objections to the U.S. levying new sanctions against someone he clearly idolizes and admires, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Congress overwhelmingly passed them. Sure, Trump could have vetoed them — and he did publicly whine about them after signing them — but Congress had more than enough votes to override any potential veto, rendering Trump all but powerless to stop them. It’s a testament to the GOP’s real feelings about Trump that even Republican lawmakers are taking action against Russia despite Trump’s continued insistence that he doesn’t believe Putin ordered the cyber attack against our election last year. Another key point is that lawmakers acted to limit Trump’s ability to try to undermine these sanctions. Now why would Republicans support undercutting Trump’s control over something unless they didn’t trust him to act in the best interests of the United States?