7 Republicans Condemning Trump on Russia Talk – Now DO Something About It!

Just how badly did President Donald Trump blow his summit with Vladimir Putin this week? Even his own party, which has gotten pretty used to looking the other way on his indiscretions, feels compelled to condemn Trump.

The language is getting stronger, but where is the follow through? Here are some examples of the tough talk that needs to elevate to actual action against the commander in chief:

1. BOB CORKER

Retiring Senator Bob Corker says Trump’s comments made the U.S. look like a “pushover” when it comes to Putin. Corker imagines that Putin is celebrating by eating caviar right now at how much he got Trump to concede.

2. JEFF FLAKE

Outgoing Arizona Senator Jeff Flake called Trump’s summit “shameful” and wished it never happened. “That was a big mistake to meet alone,” he said. “If the president is as confused as he seems to be in terms of our relationship and in terms with what the Russians are capable of, to meet privately with Vladimir Putin is just wrong.”

 

3. JOHN MCCAIN

Though John McCain has been largely MIA due to his health, the senator piped up to call Trump’s actions “one of the most disgraceful performances by an American president in memory.” He added that Trump had “abased himself” by being “not only unable but unwilling to stand up to Putin.”

 

4. BEN SASSE

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse said, “The problem that needed to be named today was Vladimir Putin. Instead, our president decided to advance fake moral equivalency that plays right into… Putin’s bloody hands. Everyone in this body should be disgusted.”

 

5. NEWT GINGRICH

Newt Gingrich, the former Speaker of the House, has been a rabid supporter of Trump, and even he couldn’t let this incident go unchallenged. “It is the most serious mistake of his presidency and must be corrected immediately,” Gingrich said of Trump’s acquiescence to Putin.

 

6. JOE WALSH

Former congressman and ongoing GOP mouthpiece Joe Walsh has finally had enough of having to defend Trump. On Twitter, Walsh wrote: “Today is the final straw for me. I will never support Trump again. If that makes me a NeverTrumper, so be it. I am a tea party conservative, that will never change. But Trump was a traitor to his country today. That must not be accepted.”

 

7. DAN COATS

Trump’s own Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats couldn’t stay silent in the face of his boss caving to Putin. Coats issued a statement affirming that the intelligence is extremely clear that Russia tried to meddle in the elections and intelligence agencies will continue to monitor and combat these efforts by Putin. No doubt, his comments are at odds with the message Trump is trying to propagate.

 

Again, all of these declarations are a great start, but this situation requires more than a verbal rebuke; these Republicans are in a unique position to actually do something to change this country’s trajectory.

The sitting legislatures – even those who are on their way out – can pass laws that keep Trump in line, or better yet, impeach him. Furthermore, the former legislatures and current cabinet members can use their influence to encourage the current decision makers to do the right thing. The power that they hold should not be downplayed – as representatives to people who cannot intervene so easily – they should feel especially obligated to act on our behalf.

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113 comments

Annabel Bedini
Annabel Bedini20 days ago

Paul B
I'm not going to argue with you any further as I am leaving for my summer holiday and won't be in internet range for a month. It's been interesting exchanging views! No doubt we will all still be at it when I get back.....

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Paul B
Paul B20 days ago

We do care about it,but are actually limited in our ability to control it. Russians can easily create fake identities to use for disinformation campaigns, and with the current political climate, it is difficult to distinguish between US and foreign sponsored content.
The media outlets will have to cooperate by doing a better job of providing suspicious activity to the authorities. Trump said he would attempt to do what he can to limit that activity, but nearly impossible to stop it all.
If what I have said and support by these articles is true, then we should expect to see the Russians attempt to discredit Trump or spread disinformation about him during the next election. I guess will have to see if that turns out to be true.
I believe everyone is aware of the Russian campaigns and I agree, with proper light on their efforts can only help to offset their effectiveness.

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Annabel Bedini
Annabel Bedini21 days ago

Paul B
An afterthought. You say it's the Democrats who are making all the fuss about Russian meddling. I ask, surely this should be a concern for ALL Americans so why aren't the Republicans equally up in arms? Could it just possibly be because the meddling has been in favour of your President????? Hmmm.......

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Annabel Bedini
Annabel Bedini21 days ago

Paul B
I would suggest it's a good thing if the Russian meddling is brought to light loud and clear (mixed metaphor). The more people are aware of attempts to influence their thinking, the less vulnerable they are to subliminal suggestion. This has to be healthy.

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Paul B
Paul B21 days ago

Annabel,
Most of the people who participated had no idea it was Russian backed, as with most of the disinformation they spread during the campaign. Most of what they spread could have easily come from any number of opposition groups, which is why I felt that the Russian influence in general was negligible. Both candidates spent roughly 2.5-3 billion in total, the Russians spent a few hundred thousand and mostly focused in CA and other Dem states, with the clear intention of rattling some cages. My main point was that the Dem's hysteria over meddling, has sown greater discord (thx) than anything the Russians could have hoped for or accomplished on their own.
I appreciate the apology, as I try to do the same when I am shown to have been mistaken about something I questioned. That does show good will.

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Annabel Bedini
Annabel Bedini22 days ago

Paul B
Thinking about it I might probably owe you an apology for scoffing at your claim of Russian interference in events, if your quoted sites are not Fake News (and who can tell in the present climate?). I was basing my opinion on the experience of my cousin and her friends. They were certainly not influenced by anyone or anything except their disgust that Trump had become President. It did not need any outside influence to sway them as Trump has condemned himself by his own actions and out of his own mouth. Certainly in this case I would end up agreeing with you that Russian influence was negligible to nothing. As for the election, who knows......

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Annabel Bedini
Annabel Bedini22 days ago

Paul B
Just to start off with I am NOT a Democrat so stop blaming me please. I am a European outsider but with friends and relatives in the U.S.

Then, try convincing the women (one of them my cousin) who marched against Trump immediately after the election that they were being manipulated by the Russians and see what answer you get. They were marching principally because of his disgusting record as a mysogenist sexual predator. And that has nothing to do with the Russians.

Then, if you say the 'impact was negligible' that has to go for organising events too, wouldn't you say? Either The Russians ARE being successful in their dissent-provoking activities or they are NOT. Can't be both.

By the way, I think you meant 'discord' not 'discourse'.

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Paul B
Paul B22 days ago

Annabel, here are two more that prove the point I am making.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/russian-backed-facebook-accounts-organized-events-on-all-sides-of-polarizing-issues-1509355801

https://www.businessinsider.com/russians-organized-pro-anti-trump-rallies-to-sow-discord-2018-2

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Paul B
Paul B22 days ago

Annabel, The Russsians have been running their disinformation campaigns forever. that is what all countries who can... do. The impact of their efforts were negligible. You are playing right into Putin's trap. All he wanted was to sow discourse and Dems like you took the bait hook line and sinker, like always the gullible ones. HE could have never dreamed of having the impact that Dems are playing out for him. You really don't get it, the whole purpose of his meddling. It wasn't to help Trump, it was to create dissension in public opinion. You are only helping him by continuing to push this narrative. I hope you and all your collegues are happy. You've done MORE damage than Putin ever could have.
As for the anti-Trump rally... here is the link.
http://thehill.com/policy/technology/358025-thousands-attended-protest-organized-by-russians-on-facebook
or
http://fortune.com/2018/02/17/russian-organized-rallies-election-meddling/

Remember the P-hat rally... I believe that was Russian backed as part of this sowing discord.

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Annabel Bedini
Annabel Bedini23 days ago

Brian F
Well now Brian, I seem to have heard this somewhere before...... (irony). What I can't understand is how you don't seem to have a problem with the proven fact that a hostile foreign power attempted subliminarily to influence the minds of American citizens. It makes not one scrap of difference that the U.S. has done the same in other countries over the years. As I've said before, two wrongs don't make a right. This is not a Democrat conspiracy, backed by a lying CIA, it is PROVEN FACT testified by non-Democrats and non CIA operatives around the world.

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