While there are still many people defending Donald Trump’s inexcusable tweets Thursday morning directed at MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” co-host Mika Brzezinski, much to my surprise, there were quite a few Republicans who took to Twitter to publicly slam the “president” over his remarks.
Granted, I’m sure these comments, which are really just part of a lifetime of disgusting behavior displayed by Trump, won’t deter most from supporting him, but it’s nice to see some elected Republicans calling him out publicly. Though it’s hard to give these folks too much credit after they’ve defended and supported someone who was caught on video bragging about sexual assault.
Still, any sign of a backbone from members of the GOP is something slightly positive that we’re not used to seeing.
Here are a few of those tweets.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC):
Mr. President, your tweet was beneath the office and represents what is wrong with American politics, not the greatness of America.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) June 29, 2017
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE):
Please just stop. This isn't normal and it's beneath the dignity of your office.
— Ben Sasse (@BenSasse) June 29, 2017
Rep. Lynn Jenkins (R-KS):
This is not okay. As a female in politics I am often criticized for my looks. We should be working to empower women. https://t.co/sV6WDE0EUD
— Lynn Jenkins (@RepLynnJenkins) June 29, 2017
Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME):
This has to stop – we all have a job – 3 branches of gov’t and media. We don’t have to get along, but we must show respect and civility.
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) June 29, 2017
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-FL):
Personal attacks & character assassination yield a culture of social & political violence in which people can become radicalized & dangerous
— Carlos Curbelo (@carloslcurbelo) June 29, 2017
Sen. James Lankford (R-OK):
On the President's tweets this morning → pic.twitter.com/tJJqsV8KCb
— Sen. James Lankford (@SenatorLankford) June 29, 2017
Rep. Kevin Yoder (R-KS):
We need more civility in our rhetoric. These kinds of mean-spirited attacks don't help us come together as Americans.
— Rep. Kevin Yoder (@RepKevinYoder) June 29, 2017
Rep. Mike Coffman (R-CO):
The President’s tweets are beneath the dignity of his office. It needs to stop. #StopTheTwitterTantrums
— Rep. Mike Coffman (@RepMikeCoffman) June 29, 2017
Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK):
Stop it! The Presidential platform should be used for more than bringing people down.
— Sen. Lisa Murkowski (@lisamurkowski) June 29, 2017
I appreciate Republicans speaking out against Trump’s tweets, I really do — but this is what they signed up for.
To be honest, I find it insulting when Trump does something terrible, which is fairly often, then Republicans act as if they’re “shocked” by that behavior. Donald Trump is someone with a long history of making sexist and derogatory comments about women and their appearance. So even though what he said on Thursday is reprehensible, it’s not-at-all shocking.
As I wrote just after last year’s election, Republicans wanted Trump — now they got him.
They don’t get to play dumb, or disavow any connection to him, once his antics became bigger political liabilities than they’re worth. The Republicans who helped elect a national embarrassment and a disgrace to this country don’t get to wash their hands of him once they’ve grown tired of defending him for being exactly who he’s always been.
When Republicans decided to put party over country, that’s when they tied themselves to Trump and I’ll be damned if I let these folks act as if they shouldn’t be held accountable for helping bring this disaster upon the entire country.
Again, don’t get me wrong, it’s great that so many have spoken out against him — but it’s a little too late for them to “take the high road” now. When you help elect, defend, and support a deranged narcissist who attacked Gold Star parents, bragged about sexual assault, belittled a war veteran, and tried to slander a former Miss Universe by telling his supporters to look up her non-existent sex tape, you don’t get to talk about the need for more “civility in politics.”
If Republicans wanted that, then they shouldn’t have embraced a birther who spent years pushing conspiracies against Barack Obama as their candidate and eventual “president.” They shouldn’t pander to people who view hateful, fear-mongering conspiracy theorists like Sean Hannity, Rush Limbaugh, and Alex Jones as “credible” sources of information. They shouldn’t embrace media outlets that seek to divide people with bigotry, racism, and paranoia like Fox News, Breitbart, Drudge, and InfoWars.
Let me repeat, I’m glad to see so many Republicans speaking out publicly against Trump’s horrible comments. But it’s too late for these folks to claim that the office of the presidency deserves someone who treats it with more respect. When they decided to put partisan politics over what was best for the country by helping elect a vile, self-admitted sexual predator like Donald Trump, that’s when they showed how little respect they had for the office he now currently holds.
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