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The Republican Insurgency Grows Bolder against Trump

Written by Joe Scudder

But the Republican insurgency in Congress is really an assault on the deplorable clingers.

Donald Trump was elected by a coalition of working-class and middle-class voters and the Republican insurgency is a counterattack on their vote.

Donald Trump promised to try to end hostilities with Russia and instead put America first.

This coalition included a large group of people who are tired of the government caring more about identity politics and giving special privilege to various sexual “minorities” to coerce their acceptance into all institutions in society.

Obviously, a lot of big-name Republicans despise this coalition and want the government to keep up a manufacture of “rights” for minorities to force society to conform. They also want to tie Trump’s hands to keep him from making peace with Russia. And, finally, they want to prevent him from stopping what they hope will end his Presidency and put Pence in his place.

The Washington Post reports, “GOP lawmakers openly defy president as frustration mounts.

They passed legislation to stop him from lifting sanctions on Russia. They recoiled at his snap decision to ban transgender Americans from the military. And they warned him in no uncertain terms not to fire the attorney general or the special counsel investigating the president and his aides.

Republican lawmakers have openly defied President Trump in meaningful ways this week amid growing frustration on Capitol Hill with his surprise tweets, erratic behavior and willingness to trample on governing norms. But at the same time, they’ve worked to advance legislation they want him to sign.

In the latest signs of a backlash, Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday he would not hold hearings on a replacement if Trump dismissed Attorney General Jeff Sessions, and Sen. Lindsey O. Graham (R-S.C.) said Thursday he would pursue legislation that would prevent Trump from summarily firing special counsel Robert S. Mueller III.

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Some of the defiance came from already outspoken Trump critics such as Graham and Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.), who rebuked the president from the Senate floor Thursday.

“If you’re thinking of making a recess appointment to push out the attorney general, forget about it,” Sasse said. “The presidency isn’t a bull, and this country isn’t a china shop.”

But some generally pro-Trump lawmakers emerged Wednesday as critics of the unexpected transgender ban, which the president announced in a series of morning tweets with no notice to key figures on Capitol Hill who might normally be called upon to defend his actions.

Sens. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) and Orrin G. Hatch (R-Utah) issued statements Wednesday saying Trump went too far in banning all transgender service members. On Thursday, House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.) refused to back the ban, saying he would await a Defense Department review of the issue despite Trump’s clear wishes.

“I look forward to seeing what they actually produce,” Ryan said.

Read the full Washington Post story.

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About the author

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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