Can We Get Some Republicans Who Are Actually Running for Reelection to Call Out Trump?

On Tuesday, Senator Jeff Flake did not mince his feelings about President Donald Trump at the Capitol:

“Reckless, outrageous, and undignified behavior has become excused and countenanced as ‘telling it like it is,’” said Flake. “And when such behavior emanates from the top of our government, it is something else: it is dangerous to a democracy. Such behavior does not project strength, because our strength comes from our values. It instead projects a corruption of the spirit, and weakness.”

It was the kind of speech a lot of Americans have been waiting to hear from more leading figures with the Republican Party, but it came with a major caveat: an announcement that Flake would not seek reelection next year.

That’s a detail that’s become an unfortunate trend: pretty much every conservative lawmaker who’s willing to call out the president’s nonsense is simultaneously on his way out of D.C.

Take Senator Bob Corker, another outspoken critic from within the GOP, as further proof. Corker has publicly sparred with Trump, calling him out for acting like he’s on a reality show and putting us on the path to World War III, but not without simultaneously saying he wouldn’t run for reelection next year. In an interview, Corker said:

“I don’t know why he lowers himself to such a low, low standard and debase our country in a way that he does, but he does.”

Then there’s John McCain. He hasn’t formally announced a retirement, but given his age, his brain cancer diagnosis and the fact that he’s five years away from having to go back on the ballot anyway, another election bid is hardly a concern for him right now. McCain said in a speech:

“To fear the world we have organized and led for three-quarters of a century, to abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe, to refuse the obligations of international leadership and our duty to remain ‘the last best hope of earth’ for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solve problems is as unpatriotic as an attachment to any other tired dogma of the past that Americans cosigned to the ash heap of history.”

While the country can use all of the notable Republicans it can muster to speak out against this travesty of a president, it’s discouraging to see no one who actually intends to run for reelection taking the stance. We need some of these voices of dissent to fight to take back their party, not concede power to the worst impulses.

If Republicans can plainly see what a mess Trump is when they don’t have to worry about appealing to conservative voters in a primary contest, surely many more can see the same problems but choose not to speak out for fear of alienating Trump’s base.

That’s not only cowardly, that’s unpatriotic. Republican members of Congress are putting party before country – and now that they’re giving away the party to the erratic fringe – they’re also putting self-preservation ahead of their party.

Until GOP lawmakers who aren’t planning on leaving the political arena decide to confront Trump, the entire party is very much complicit.

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55 comments

Jennifer H
Jennifer Habout a month ago

I don't see any GOPer having the gumption to stand up against rump and actually go against the party line. They talk but don't walk.

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Paul B
Paul B2 months ago

Brian F. He stayed because they paid him off. How is that for principled. He is a socialist with huge tax and spend policies that have ruined many a country. If Hillary would have been elected, she would taken us further down the growing STATE and enable d a potential for Bernie type in future years. But the PEOPLE woke up and soundly refuted that evolution. Maybe someday, but right now, Trump is PResident, popular to all except the corrupt media and establishment. The lies and lack of cooperation will cost most of them their jobs. The Dems are eating their own right now in hollywood and across the country, which spells good news for the conservative right and Trump.
Elaine, you do realize that the tax plan has no cuts for the rich in them, larger deductibles for the poor and nice rate cuts for middle class. It would behoove you to look at it before you comment.

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Brian F
Brian F2 months ago

Herbert C Bernie Sanders is the most popular politician in the country, and has bigger rallies than any other politician by far, but he made a mistake by staying with the corrupt Democratic party that cheated him out of his primary, and has no intention of ever allowing him to have any power, so they can continue their corruption. If Bernie Sanders runs as an independent, he will crush Trump. No Republican, especially one as bad as Trump, can defeat Bernie Sanders in an election.

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Herbert C
Herbert C2 months ago

Brian F
It's not a given that Bernie would have won the primary without interference though in my personal opinion he would have been a tougher opponent for Trump to in the general election. Clinton's supposed status as the-most-qualified-presidential-candidate-in-history didn't serve her well in an election year where both sides were fed up with the establishment politicians. Yes, both parties are corrupt to the core, but I didn't see Gary 'pass-the-bong' Johnson as a viable alternative. You should give the Bernie stuff a rest and focus on the future and not what could have been. Good luck with Stein.

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Herbert C
Herbert C2 months ago

Margaret G
Yes, there are plenty of articles critical of Trump policies, the majority of articles are critical. I was referring to comments here and elsewhere. Most of those are of the everything-Trump-does-is-terrible-he-is-ruining-the country-legacy-of-a-black-man variety. And so far what has he done? Rolled back some regulation that was only recently enacted by the former POTUS by executive action. What can be done with a pen is undone the same way and this is very much in keeping with Trump's campaign promises.

This article calls for Republicans to denounce Trump but they can't. The establishment Republicans don't have the guts to piss off Trump's base. They'll just keep doing what they've been doing, slow walking, slow talking and sabotaging everything they can.

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Brian F
Brian F2 months ago

Herbert C Trump wants to cut taxes for the rich, and lies about climate change, because he is in the pockets of the dirty fossil fuel industry. I agree that Hillary is also corrupt, and supported the TPP, natural gas fracking, Monsanto, was a war monger, refused to support Medicare for All, and took 21 million from Wall Street for speeches. However two wrongs don't make a right. Their is no defense of this fraud Trump, nor Hillary. Corporations own both corrupt parties, which is why I left the corrupt Democratic party that cheated Bernie Sanders out of his primary, and recently fired all the honest progressives, so they can continue their corruption, and I support the Green party, and will vote for Jill Stein.

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Brian F
Brian F2 months ago

"Brian F, while i actually mostly agree with you, can you for once, actually stick to the point of the article? Thank you.'

Wesley Streubing Well maybe if Care2 would publish more articles about the corruption in the Democratic party, that caused this fraud Trump to be elected, I could stay on topic. Tom Perez just fired all the honest progressive Bernie Sanders supports so the Democrats can continue their corruption, and make millions off Wall Street, banks, and corporations. The Democrats will never beat this fraud Trump in 2020, with those bad moves, because most of the Bernie Sanders supporters like Myself have left the party and will vote for Jill Stein.

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Margaret G
Margaret G2 months ago

Trump supporter Herbert C. mentioned Trump’s stands on the issues, and Herbert C. claims that there have been no substantial rebuttals to those stands. There are substantial rebuttals to Trump’s stands out there, but perhaps Herbert C. and other Trump supporters are not aware of and don’t read those articles.

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Elaine W
Elaine W2 months ago

Tax cuts for the rich and fewer benefits for the most dependent and vulnerable children and elders. No one should go hungry, have no shelter and no health care in a civilized society. The republican budget is barbaric.

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Winn A
Winn A2 months ago

Any republican that still stands with tRUMP has NO morals, values or ethics. I sincerely hope that none of them get reelected when their time comes. Karma is a bitch.

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