Leaked Recording Reveals Republican Panic Over Trump’s Unhinged Behavior

While most Republicans are putting up a positive, pro-Trump front for the public, you don’t need to be a political expert to know that, in private, most of them are aware he had no business being “president” and his incompetence is not only a threat to the entire GOP, but the nation as a whole.



Unfortunately for all of us, most Republicans decided to put party over country by defending and supporting one of the biggest political mistakes in United States history.

Well, some light has been shed on some of the full-on panic many Republicans are privately experiencing right now after the Tucson Weekly obtained a leaked recording of Rep. Martha McSally (R-AZ) venting to a group of bankers that Trump’s erratic and unhinged behavior is threatening to sink the entire party:

Any Republican member of Congress, you are going down with the ship. And we’re going to hand the gavel to Pelosi in 2018, they only need 28 seats and the path to that gavel being handed over is through my seat. And right now, it doesn’t matter that it’s me, it doesn’t matter what I’ve done. I have an ‘R’ next to my name and right now, this environment would have me not prevail.

The environment has changed and some of it changed on January 20th. There’s just an element out there that’s just, like, so against the president. Like they just can’t see straight. And all of a sudden on January 20, I’m like his twin sister to them. And I’m, like, responsible for everything he does, and tweets and says. And they want me to be spending my time as a pundit. ‘I disagree with that. I agree with this.’ I have a job in the legislature!

She also told the crowd that Trump’s tweets are “distractions” that are causing voters to turn on Republican candidates and that her job has become far more difficult since he took office.

Understandably, McSally is rather flustered right now with polls showing over half the people in her district disapprove of her job performance, her approval rating is in the mid-30’s (much like Trump’s), and she’s losing to a hypothetical Democratic opponent by 7 points.



I’m sorry, but I don’t feel the least bit sorry for any Republican right now. During last year’s election they had a choice between embracing and defending one of the most vile and disgusting presidential candidates in U.S. history, or rejecting someone they knew was completely unfit, unqualified, and dangerous if he were to be elected “president.”

They chose to embrace and defend the reprehensible person who mocked POWs, defrauded Americans out of tens of thousands of dollars by setting up a fake university, belittled Gold Star parents, and was caught on video bragging about sexually assaulting women.

I don’t want to hear any whining about the repercussions that come along with that. They don’t get to distance themselves from the nightmare they helped bestow upon this country. They don’t get to complain because some voters want them to answer for the actions of the unqualified buffoon they helped get elected. They don’t get to say they’re willing to help pass Trump’s awful legislation, but don’t want voters to hold them accountable for doing so.

As I wrote just after last year’s election, Republicans defended, supported, and wanted Trump to be “president” — now they got him.




Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • Addie Moe

    Better yet, try growing a damn backbone

  • Steve Temke

    She can whine and cry all she wants about being painted with the same brush as Trump. I don’t really care. Republicans have been doing that to Democrats forever. How many times didn’t we hear Republican House candidates claiming their Democratic opponents would rubber-stamp the Obama agenda? Hell, that was the gist of their campaign against Hillary. That she would continue Obama’s legacy. Screw her and the whole party she represents.

    • steve

      trump a joke on the USA and on his party thanks

      • Gwen Martin Morris

        Hardly a joke, it’s a nightmare !

    • NOMOBO ✓Deplorable Curmudgeon

      How many times didn’t we hear Republican House candidates claiming their Democratic opponents would rubber-stamp the Obama agenda?

      And how many times did the Democrats rubber stamp the Obama agenda? If you can’t remember see 2008-2010.

      • noah vail

        and from 2009 until 2017 the republicans were in lock step with Mcconnel to stop thing that PRESIDENT OBAMA tried to do to better this country and help the average citizen…their party is more important to them than the country…in their efforts to destroy America and the Constitution I look at most of them as traitors to this country…

      • NOMOBO ✓Deplorable Curmudgeon

        And I look at them as heroes (of sorts) for every effort they made to prevent Obama from completely destroying America. In reality, they should have, and could have, done much more.

        And that is really a laugh that you reference the Constitution, a document that most people on the left have only a fleeting acquaintance with. Even your Obama said that the Constitution got in the way of “progress”.

        Tell me another one of your fantasy facts.

  • NOMOBO ✓Deplorable Curmudgeon

    It’s so nice to see all of you progtards get so unhinged on a beautiful Sunday morning.
    #MAGA

    • noah vail

      at least it shows that we can think…unlike our republican counterparts who rubberstamp 45*’s lies and imaginary facts then try to get us to believe that they know what he’s doing….lololol

      • NOMOBO ✓Deplorable Curmudgeon

        Sorry it took me six hours to reply to you, but I just stopped laughing.
        And I know you can “think”. It’s just that what you think is just so hilarious now that you’re on the sidelines. Before “45” what you called thinking was cause for concern for the health of our country and the world.

      • noah vail

        the REAL president (44) left this country in a hell of a lot better condition than he inherited ….now the rest of the world is laughung at our “president” and very concerned for their safety…all the while he’s selling us out to the Communists…yeah, you’re right….hahahaha

      • NOMOBO ✓Deplorable Curmudgeon

        ” the REAL president (44)”? Even you can’t be that stupid. How is President Trump any less “REAL” than Obama? He was duly elected, despite your unhinged rantings. He did not “collude with the Russians” to steal the election. ( that is a made up story without a scintilla of evidence to support it. I’m sure you’re sorely disappointed that Comey didn’t or couldn’t nail him).

        I don’t know who you’re referring to when you say the rest of the world is “laughung” (sic) at President Trump. I think they are more shaking in their boots now that someone who actually has the best interests of the U.S. at heart is in charge. Unlike 44 who did his best to degrade this nation.
        And “…selling us out to the Communists…”? You previously said that you think. Now I’m not so sure.

        So, I will continue to laugh at you while you continue to throw your childish temper tantrums. It must really rankle you now that there are grownups in charge of this country.

      • noah vail

        where are these grownups you are so eager to tout ? certainly not on the repukelican side of the aisle…
        .” He did not “collude with the Russians” to steal the election. ( that is a made up story without a scintilla of evidence to support it”)…another situation on which you have an opinion without a scintilla of evidence to support you position but you keep sucking up to the draconian assholes that call themselves Americans… it will be amusing to see how many of them will be “thrown under the bus” when the shit comes down…