Even before the Battle of Charlottesville, Trump was angering Republicans with his hints that Mitch McConnell should resign if he couldn’t push through a repeal of Obamacare.
Republicans were frustrated with his angry morning rants on Twitter and inability to focus on at least pretending to be presidential. They are unable to predict or control his behavior. Steve Bannon is the face of white nationalism in the administration, and just about everyone is under investigation by Robert Mueller.
Trump’s antics are hurting Republicans in swing states, and it doesn’t help that Barack Obama is coming out of retirement this fall to help the Democratic Party.
Then Charlottesville happened. Even some of Trump’s staunchest allies were shocked at his response which was hailed by David Duke and Neo-Nazis.
Besides the fact that Trump needs a History lesson, I found it amusing that a President who will never have a statue was talking about them.
— PROUD RESISTER 👊 (@ProudResister) August 16, 2017
A spokesman for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell declined to comment on Trump’s comments at the press conference Tuesday, and the senator did not issue a statement until Wednesday morning in response to a planned white supremacist rally in Kentucky. “The white supremacist, KKK, and neo-nazi groups who brought hatred and violence to Charlottesville are not planning a rally in Lexington,” he said. “Their messages of hate and bigotry are not welcome in Kentucky and should not be welcome anywhere in America.”
While he didn’t directly address the president or his remarks, he added, “There are no good neo-nazis, and those who espouse their views are not supporters of American ideals and freedoms. We all have a responsibility to stand against hate and violence, wherever it raises its evil head.”
Josh Holmes, a former close aide to McConnell, meanwhile said on Twitter Tuesday that Trump’s latest comments are “unbelievable.”
“I think Congress is exhausted in terms of one step forward, two steps back,” said a House GOP aide.
“There’s things out there that could be real wins, but every time we kind of try to get there, something like this happens, an unforced error that everybody’s gotta spend a couple of weeks trying to make sense out of,” the aide added. (BuzzFeed News)
Republicans now have the choice of standing by an increasingly despised and erratic amateur president and alienating swathes of their own base. Moderate conservatives might be willing to vote for a Democratic challenger to an incumbent Republican who won’t disavow Trump and/or white supremacy, a threat the GOP has to consider.
They could also rebel against Trump, impeach him or force The Donald out, while facing anger from the far-right who might just show up at the White House armed to the teeth.
My son wants to know what we're supposed to do when "our President's the bad guy." There is only one answer to this: #ImpeachTrump
— Gloria Fallon (@GloriaFallon123) August 16, 2017
All of this could have been avoided, had the GOP disavowed Trump and his supporters in the very beginning. It’s a now a monster of their creation, and the fallout will rattle the GOP for years to come – if the country hasn’t already devolved into outright civil war.
Meanwhile, the Russia investigation keeps chugging right along.