Throughout the last six months, the Republican party has stuck behind their President at some of the toughest times. Whether it was a tweet storm, or another shoe dropping in the Russian collusion investigation, Republican after Republican have come to President Trump’s defense time and time again. While Trump can’t quite get the entire party on board in the Senate for the repeal and replacement of Obamacare, overall, the party has been almost too supportive of the President, at least if you ask those on the left. This could all be about to change, however, as moments ago President Trump lashed out at the Republican party in a scathing tweet.
“It’s very sad that Republicans, even some that were carried over the line on my back, do very little to protect their President,” he tweeted.
Not only does President Trump criticize his own party for failing to ‘protect’ him, whatever that means, but he also has clearly indicated that he expects loyalty from those who may have been helped in their candidacy because of his name being on the ticket. What spawned this attack is anyone’s guess, however, the GOP did vote this weekend to strengthen sanctions against Russia.
A politician’s job is not to ‘protect’ the president from criticism, it’s to represent the individuals within the state in which they were elected to the best of their abilities. This seems like very dangerous territory for Trump to be venturing out into. The Republican party is already fractured in that they have not been able to agree on a comprehensive replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act after several tries. Trump seems to need the party more than the party needs Trump right now. His approval ratings are at all-time lows, and he has yet to pass any major legislation to date.
It will be interesting to see if any key Republicans begin to speak out now that the President seems to have thrown his own party under the bus.