Republican infighting is nothing new, but President Donald Trump’s administration has kicked things into overdrive. Trump may like his employees fighting each other for his favor, but it seems some Republicans are growing tired of the shenanigans and are ready to jump ship.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell could be the catalyst of the Republican Party’s exodus from Trump’s madhouse. McConnell recently threw Trump under the bus when he said perhaps the president should learn a bit about how the government works before making ridiculous demands.
McConnell’s harsh words came while speaking Monday at the Florence Rotary Club in Kentucky, where he complained about Trump’s “excessive expectations” regarding the lawmaking process, adding that he found the president’s constant grumbling about Congress’ productivity “extremely irritating.”
McConnell was quick to point out Trump’s obvious lack of experience in the way of governing during the speech.
“Our new president,” he said, “has not been in this line of work before. I think he had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process.”
Congress advised his listeners to see how things play out on Capitol Hill before passing judgment – as the president is often so hasty to do.
McConnell said that “people think we’re under performing” because there have been “too many artificial deadlines unrelated to the reality of the legislature which may not have been understood.”
President Trump, for one, has been a constant nag on the Senate, loudly and publicly setting random deadlines for major legislation, as happened with the Republicans’ latest failure to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
In his speech McConnell is clearly blaming Trump’s ignorance of the democratic process for his party’s poor reputation. Good thing the Republican president is receptive to criticism, right?
Trump will likely not take such comments from a powerful party leader kindly, and his ignorance still doesn’t account for the numerous reasons why the Republican Party has become so vastly unpopular.
McConnell failed to mention the many extremely unpopular pieces of legislation the Republicans have put forward (and failed to pass) over the previous months.