Will Republicans excuse anything Trump says?

Dear Senator McConnell,

I couldn’t vote for you because I don’t live in Kentucky, and in truth I wouldn’t vote for you if I could, but you are the majority leader of the Senate, so I’m writing on Martin Luther King Day to ask you to show moral leadership for the good of the country and not just your party.

I am disheartened that you still haven’t said anything about the president’s racist comments about Africans and Haitians nearly four days later. At least Representative Ryan managed an “it’s unfortunate” and spoke about his Irish ancestors. He noted the prejudice they encountered when they came to America and their unskilled work on the railroad. I imagine you could tell a similar story about your own ancestors.

Maybe you’re still feeling relieved that the tax bill passed and you were able to get back on Trump’s good side. We know that you and he haven’t always been on the best of terms, especially after you failed to rescind Obamacare.

But where are you drawing the line on Trump’s bad behavior, or aren’t you drawing a line? Will you continue to support him as long as you can pass bills you want? Are you afraid that Trump will call you a nasty name, or afraid of offending his base?

During the primaries, Republicans called out Trump for what he is. “It has been an accumulation of his words and actions that many have been warning about,” John Kasich said. “I will not vote for a nominee who has behaved in a manner that reflects so poorly on our country.” Lisa Murkowski said Trump “has forfeited the right to be our party’s nominee.” Lindsey Graham, who once called Trump a “jackass,” said Trump’s attack on a Mexican judge was “the most un-American thing from a politician since Joe McCarthy.”

But now that your party has power, you’ve put on blinders. Senator Graham is Trump’s golf buddy.

I once thought (it seems naive now) that Republicans were honorable but just saw things differently from us Democrats. It’s been shocking to see how few Republican leaders have condemned Trump’s latest racist comments. Some are from Florida, where there are hundreds of thousands of Haitians. It was reported that some are from districts Hillary Clinton carried.

Some of your colleagues even cover for him, contending he didn’t say “shithole countries.” Even if he didn’t use the word shithole — and I don’t doubt for a minute that he did — no one’s disputing that he said he prefers white immigrants to black and brown ones.

I wish that you would stick your neck out and say enough is enough. You — the Republican majority in Congress, along with the Cabinet’s Republicans — are the defensive line.

Instead of confronting, those Republicans who are troubled are giving up. So far dozens of your party in the House and three in the Senate have announced they won’t run for reelection.

The way things look now, there’s nothing Trump can say or do that will make you condemn him. Seems the only way change can come is at the ballot box. Don’t be confident that you’ll be the majority leader after the November elections.

An American citizen


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  • Put together what he did to Merrick Garland and a Washington Post story in the Tribune today that the Republicans huddled because they fear a Dem takeover of Congress in Nov. 2018, and that tells you exactly where McConnell stands. Somehow, they think standing with Trump is going to save them.

    It's only about power, and, as you note, you don't vote in Kentucky.

  • "Somehow, they think standing with Trump is going to save them."

    Let's hope they're in for a big surprise.


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