Scorched Earth: President Trump Must Call Out ALL The Snakes In The Republican Party
March 2, 2021 (5mo ago)

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Donald Trump isn’t going away.

That was the loud, clear, and definitive message of last weekend’s Conservative Political Action Conference in Orlando. President Trump’s first speech since leaving office was the only event of real importance, and it showed that he remains by far the most popular and most important figure in conservative, nationalist politics.

And that fact drives home an important reality: Whether he plans another presidential run or not, President Trump must shape the Republican Party in a positive direction. And that means wielding his massive popularity carefully.

Understandably, the chief target of President Trump’s speech was the brand-new Biden administration, and the unprecedented speed with which it is moving to put foreign countries and oligarchs first and the American people last.

But no less important was President Trump’s attack on the Republican leaders who turned against his presidency, and allied with Democrats who blamed him unjustly for the Capitol riot:

https://twitter.com/EconomicTimes/status/1366369559079391247

President Trump didn’t just ridicule his foes. He made it clear exactly what should happen to them going forward: They should be primaried out of office as soon as possible.

“The Republicans do not stick together. The RINOs that we’re surrounded with will destroy the Republican Party and the American worker and will destroy our country itself. The RINOs, Republican in name only. But the Republican Party is united. The only division is between a handful of Washington, DC, establishment, political hacks, and everybody else all over the country. … And that’s why I’m announcing that I will be actively working to elect strong, tough and smart Republican leaders.”

The President’s pledge is far from an empty one. As he made clear during his speech, “President Trump’s endorsement is the most powerful asset in politics.” It’s true. Even after leaving office, Donald Trump is by far the most popular Republican within the party, and he has far more power than anyone else (certainly far more than any of his enemies) to shape the party in the way he sees fit.

But this has been a double-edged sword. The president’s endorsement is powerful, but he has given it away too freely, to those who do not share his transformative vision for America. That applies both to his endorsements for elected office, and those he personally hired to implement his America-first agenda as president.

Too often, Donald Trump has mistaken external displays of loyalty for actual commitment to his agenda. And too often, he has failed to name his enemies until they have already planted their knives in him.

Sunday’s speech was a major example. The president named the Republicans who sought to impeach him and bar him from a future presidential run. Many of these turncoats had previously benefited from Trump’s support. Ben Sasse secured a Trump endorsement in 2019. Even with endless reasons to distrust him, the president had even handed an endorsement to Mitt Romney in 2018.

But well beyond Republicans who voted to impeach Donald Trump, there have been far more Republican opportunists who praised him publicly while waging war on his agenda. And Donald Trump has been far too slow to call them out as well.

Mitch McConnell

Perhaps no elected Republican has better mastered the art of pandering to Trump while doing nothing for his agenda than Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

During his CPAC speech, Trump briefly seemed to be setting up an attack on McConnell, but instead he backed off, saying he had no regrets about endorsing him in 2020:

https://youtu.be/g9ITyMTesmo?t=4797

The president shouldn’t have pulled his punch. More than any other lawmaker, Mitch McConnell stood in the way of Donald Trump accomplishing more as presidentTrump was swept into power with the largest mandate for a Republican president in nearly a century. Republicans had 52 seats in the Senate and more than 240 in the House. With enough will, they could absolutely have implemented everything Trump ran on.

But that didn’t happen. McConnell did what Senate Republicans have done for decades now. He hid behind the Senate filibuster, which effectively requires 60 votes for any legislation to pass. The filibuster is fake and can be removed at any time. McConnell did exactly that in order to confirm Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, but he kept the filibuster around for normal legislation. Why? Because the filibuster doesn’t protect the minority. It protects the majority from votes it doesn’t actually want to take. And McConnell didn’t actually want to pass Trump’s 2016 agenda. He didn’t want a rapidly built border wall, with real teeth to deportations and mandatory E-Verify for employers.

McConnell’s blocking tactics continued all the way through the 2020 election. Last summer and fall, he blocked the passage of new coronavirus stimulus, particularly a second round of cash payments to ordinary Americans. Had those payments passed, President Trump almost certainly would have been reelected. Instead, Trump lost narrowly…not that McConnell was likely to mind.

McConnell deserves no credit for pushing through President Trump’s judicial nominees. McConnell would have done that for any president, because the nominees were the same people he’d have chosen. But any time Donald Trump’s political realignment called for McConnell to change, he preferred to evade and undermine.

Nevertheless, McConnell survived. He survived by praising the president publicly. Even now, he says he’d “absolutely” support Trump in 2024 if he wins the nomination. Does McConnell mean it? Obviously not at all. It’s a purely cynical ploy to stave off Trump’s anger and protect his own position. But so far, it has worked.

Trump shouldn’t be fooled by this. McConnell has always been a snake in the grass and should be honestly labeled as such. Republicans deserve a Senate leader for whom the America-first agenda is second-nature.

Nikki Haley

Nikki Haley never should have been a part of the Trump administration in the first place. The governor of South Carolina didn’t merely oppose Trump in 2016. That is standard politics, and forgivable. But Haley went several steps further and overtly compared President Trump to mass murderer Dylann Roof:

While Haley said she doesn’t think Trump’s supporters are racists, she told The Associated Press that the rhetoric he uses is dangerous. She invoked the Charleston shooting, in which Dylann Storm Roof is accused of killing nine black parishioners at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church there.
“I know what that rhetoric can do. I saw it happen,” Haley said. … Haley has repeatedly spoken out against Trump, including in February when she knocked the businessman for not forcefully disavowing support from white supremacists.

“I will not stop until we fight a man that chooses not to disavow the KKK,” Haley said. “That is not a part of our party, that is not who we want as president. We will allow not allow that in our country.” [The Hill]

It should have been clear from that moment that Haley would never understand or support the America First movement. Any support would simply be cynical and opportunistic. And that is exactly what happened. The president appointed Haley as UN Ambassador. She immediately began pushing the administration in a hawkish direction, away from the president’s 2016 platform. Eventually, deciding she could advance her career more easily away from Trump, Haley resigned, but continued to promote the over-the-top interventionism favored by the D.C. defense-contractor class.

After the Capitol riot and Trump’s second impeachment, Haley clearly thought both Trump and his movement were finished, giving an interview to Politico where she tried to frame the president as completely finished politically.

“I don’t think he’s going to be in the picture,” she said, matter-of-factly. “I don’t think he can. He’s fallen so far.”

This was the most certainty I’d heard from any Republican in the aftermath of January 6. And Haley wasn’t done.

“We need to acknowledge he let us down,” she said. “He went down a path he shouldn’t have, and we shouldn’t have followed him, and we shouldn’t have listened to him. And we can’t let that ever happen again.” [Politico]

But now, after the President’s CPAC showing demonstrated his continued political relevance, Haley backtracked yet again to emphasize her support for the president.

Nobody should be fooled. Haley deserves to be called out now for her duplicitous two-faced rhetoric, rather than when she inevitably turns on the President’s supporters yet again.

Kevin McCarthy

This may seem an odd choice. McCarthy has often been described as one of the Trump’s closest allies in Congress, and he notably kept a single Republican from breaking ranks during the first attempt at impeachment.

But just like Haley, McCarthy has tried to play political opportunist, denouncing Trump when he seems to be dead and then desperately tacking back into the president’s good graces when he discovers otherwise. After the Capitol riot, McCarthy claimed the president “bears responsibility” for the event, and stood by Liz Cheney as a senior GOP leader when she endorsed a full-blown impeachment effort.

Only two weeks later, McCarthy was trying to “mend fences” with Trump, requesting an in-person meeting to get back in the now-former president’s good graces:

The meeting was requested by the California congressman, who is trying to tamp down intraparty tensions as Republicans set their course in the post-Trump era. Mr. McCarthy for months stuck by Mr. Trump and declined to call President Biden the winner of the election, but later criticized Mr. Trump over the Jan. 6 attack at the Capitol.

“They are making sure they say kumbaya,” said a Trump adviser familiar with the meeting at Mr. Trump’s Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach. “I’m sure the president thought Kevin went too far. In fact, I’m certain he did. Kevin asked for the meeting to make sure he’s in good shape.” [WSJ]

This pattern will never end. McCarthy wants to hold together the Republican Party’s factions, with himself at the top of the heap. Whenever Trump’s realignment seems to be faltering, he will be ready to jump ship. Just like McConnell, there is no reason to grant him that freedom. President Trump should look for a new Republican house leader whose commitment to a Trumpian future for the GOP isn’t contingent on the latest news cycle.

James Mattis and John Bolton

President Trump has always had a soft spot for men in uniform, and it burned him during his White House tenure. James Mattis fundamentally disagreed with Trump’s goal of reducing America’s military adventurism abroad, and when he couldn’t convince the president to maintain or expand America’s commitment in Syria, he quit, leaving an angry resignation letter on the way out.

In Mattis’s case, the president was at least choosing a relatively unknown asset. Bolton, meanwhile, was the most predictable of Trump’s bad hires. Bolton labeled Trump’s 2016 campaign promises racist, saying they had “no place” in the party, and of course he was adamantly opposed to any foreign policy plans that didn’t involve fighting a half-dozen wars at once. But Trump, perhaps believing Bolton could be tamed, hired him as National Security Advisor anyway in 2018. A year later, Bolton was gone, and the year after that, he published a memoir trashing the president. Bolton’s entire tenure was a blunder that never needed to happen.

Obviously, Trump has ample attacked both Mattis and Bolton in the years since they left his administration. But it never would have come to that if the president had not brought people who didn’t agree with his program into his orbit in the first place.

Jared Kushner

Okay, obviously the president won’t ever disavow his son-in-law. But Jared’s perpetual presence as a member of the president’s inner circle is still the gold standard for flaws in the president’s hiring.  Instead of delivering on 2016 promises, and running entirely on that in 2020, Kushner tried to broker an immigration “compromise”, and abandoned law and order for criminal justice “reforms” that let dangerous criminals back on the streets.  Jared pushed for abandoning “law and order” for criminal justice “reform,” apparently thinking this would carry Trump to reelection on a tidal wave of minority support. Instead, President Trump’s minority support rose only marginally despite aggressive outreach (read: pandering) to the African-American community.

It was a devastating blunder for the President to sustain him in his position as long as he did.

It’s time for Donald Trump to go scorched earth. And that means using his endorsement power with the care that it deserves. True, Trump wants to be liked, and he wants to win. But there is no victory in elevating flatterers, traitors, and idiots who will betray what made Trump such a transformational president in the first place. The president must refuse to endorse candidates who are not fully aligned with the agenda for America he laid out in his CPAC speech: Not just low taxes, but a secure border with merit-based immigration, real law and order where communities are safe from antifa and rioters, a strong military that isn’t wasted on neverending petty wars, and an education system that teaches children to love America rather than hate it. There can be no half-measures, no promotion of careerists and grifters who want to exploit a political movement for their own ends.

For the next four years, there will be many enemies of Trumpism who will try to claim the president’s mantle rather than attack him. And there will be many more clueless supporters, who don’t understand the president’s realignment and will perpetually seek the comfort of the GOP’s old, losing ways. Donald Trump may no longer be president. But he can still play an integral role in making sure his revolution endures. And it will start by only endorsing people who support it.

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Guest
5 months ago

This is domestic terrorism/misinformation
Delete it
#FBI
#reported
#seesomethingsaysomething

Guest
5 months ago

Trump should also call out Senators like Cruz, Hawley and Cotton. Cotton has been the most obviously disloyal Decipticon but Cruz and Hawley are ones as well. Their last minute challenging of a single state’s electors prior to January 6 th was pure theater and had no chance of keeping Trump in office. They should have been outspokenly vocal about election fraud not saying how we need to investigate allegations of fraud. They should have been pressuring Pence to send all states with 2 sets of electors back to the state legislatures. Cruz’s election integrity commission proposal was laughable and only meant to make Cruz look good.
And don’t forget Cruz said Trump’s language was responsible for the Capital Reichstag Fire.

Guest
4 months ago

Hawley is the best we've got your criticism is totally unwarranted and makes one wonder what your true agenda is.

Guest
4 months ago

Hawley is a joke. She is corporate, establishment and not the new direction like many RINOS.

Guest
4 months ago

and this tearing each other apart is exactly what Trump talked about – Repubs stabbing each other in the back.
no one is as pure as you are, Frank.

Guest
5 months ago

He should not stop fighting the STOLEN election. He should be supportive of Sydney Powell. If a stolen election goes uncontested, then we have lost our democracy. The issue is far more important than Trump in particular.

Guest
4 months ago

He has no choice when the highest courts in the land thwarted him at every turn even the judges he put on the court.

Guest
4 months ago

What HIGH courts?

Guest
4 months ago

The State Supreme Courts and the Federal Supreme Court.

Guest
4 months ago

Elections are a JOKE

Guest
4 months ago

Shut up Chop.

Guest
5 months ago

The worst handicap the president had was a blondspot. Thank you for pointing it out.

Guest
5 months ago

The up/down vote ratio in these comments is not even slightly credible.

Guest
5 months ago

You are not credible. Stop your whining.

Guest
4 months ago

He's right, there are always strange vote totals, as if Dem trolls are voting multiple times under various names, or is targeted by a leftist group.

Guest
5 months ago

The last election WAS the last election. What is your plan for that?

Guest
4 months ago

It, the Last election, was the Rubicon.

Guest
5 months ago

I wish I would have written this myself ; we do think alike on these RINOS.

Guest
5 months ago

I don’t understand why no one has ever questioned Trump about this. I’ve never seen an explanation from him on any of these hires. They all get blamed on Jared, but I have a hard time believing an alpha like Trump is delegating all his decision making to his son-in-law.

Guest
4 months ago

The cognitive dissonance with his followers is breath-taking. I want someone to explain his pardons? Or the $500 billion Cadillac Plan? Or his support of Fauci?

Guest
4 months ago

he was blackmailed for the pardons

He stopped bringing Fauci out around June. Pence brought Fauci onboard. He should've been sidelined earlier

Adrian Finley
5 months ago

What is this democracy dies in darkness. Visitor logs deleted from . raheem in todays episode

Guest
5 months ago

One thing noticed in the CPAC speech, even though it was all off the glass, it was a measured, well-timed and delivered compare/contrast. He looked rested and healthy; neither harangued, nor haranguing. Term 1 incessant incoming; liken it to wartime. If he chooses to run, and beats the machines, Tech and MSM, one can envision a much more savvy President. We, MAGA, have seen Act 1: The Unveiling of the Swamp. (Recall holding your breath and trying to swim against the darkness, the anti-gravity pressure building, lungs aching to the bottom of the swimming hole; a nightmare of slithering creatures you can't see but sense sliding by…) Hope to see Term 2, with a wiser team effort and 80+ million pent up, action-oriented supporters.

Guest
5 months ago

I was with you until you mentioned Jared Kushner. I see that you suffer from JDS.

Guest
4 months ago

Jared is loyal but he's a moderate Democrat. He doesn't understand Trump's agenda.

Guest
4 months ago

Jared is a racist Chabad Lubavitch, Nazi jew supremacist. The filthy jew is israel first.

Guest
4 months ago

Get psychological help poor hellbound Chop.

Guest
4 months ago

All of you who downvoted my comment are guaranteed White Supremacist Neo-Nazis. Considering that all I received were downvotes I have to conclude that revolver news is a White Supremacist Neo-Nazi website. I gave the benefit of the doubt to Darren Beattie when he attended that infamous conference. But now I have no doubt.

bullfish
4 months ago

What PDJT needs is a down and dirty insider filth merchant, a couple of them, a Rahim Emmanuel and a James Carville both.

He was – still is – a Washington outsider. That’s both the beauty and the downfall. If he wasn’t an outsider he would never have done a fraction of the things he did.

But bc he wasn’t an outsider, he didn’t know how to play the corrupt game. He was on trainer wheels for 4 years and his many and powerful enemies took full advantage.

They even used him to advance their efforts to bring down the USA.

JohnoftheNorth
4 months ago

But he had such "dirty insider filth merchants" in the persons of Roger Stone and Paul Manafort and look at what the Deep State did to them. Even an honest patriot like General Mike Flynn got blindsided by the FBI. Pretty much anybody PJT trusted to play that kind of role would be spied upon, set up and destroyed with manufactured and false evidence, or used to undermine Trump.

Guest
4 months ago

Why does he feel the need to endorse a candidate in every race? He has already committed to doing just that for every house seat in 2022.

I see no reason to have faith there will be an America First candidate option available for President Trump to choose to endorse in every seat in 2022. Don't let Kevin McCarthy and Ronna McDaniel wield your endorsement like a tool rather than a personal choice.

UnityBadge
4 months ago

Lindsey Graham didn't make the list?!

Guest
4 months ago

For all his faults he did transfer 500k from his campaign once he won re-election to Trump's legal team to fight election fraud. He didn't have to do that. He can be wobbly but he can also surprise us in various ways. Did you give the Trump campaign a buck?

Guest
4 months ago

Only Trump can preserve capitalism and grow our middle class. It is a balancing act. McCarthy is no Newt Gingrich.

Guest
4 months ago

As long as Trump continues to work within the GOP framework and support the two party sham….. he’s part of the problem and not part of the solution.

Guest
4 months ago

No he's practical. Third parties never win presidential elections.

Guest
4 months ago

Some people are quick to forget Ross Perot. He siphoned off votes from the Republican and caused Democrat Bill Clinton to get in.

Guest
4 months ago

So we should all be cowards, hold our noses and keep voting for the same party that had continually stabbed us in the back for a half a century? Good plan. Future generations will thank you.

Guest
4 months ago

Then he’s just your run of the mill establishment republican. The lesser of two evils nonsense has run its course. Conservatives seem to have a battered wife relationship with the GOP.

Guest
4 months ago

Not gop framework but the Constitutional framework. He has to use it or lose it would be the simple version. Those whose task it is to Legislate, Interpret or Enact the laws and don't follow the law…then there ain't no law ONLY TYRANNY.

Guest
4 months ago

Can't we just forget about this fraud?

Guest
4 months ago

I like the scorched earth policy. I for one will never again hold my nose and vote for a republican that does not and has not support my views.

Guest
4 months ago

The folks claiming Trump should do this or that: what have YOU personally done to keep the Democrat communists from taking over our government completely? Being a computer armchair warrior will do virtually nothing to stop them. They'll just silence you completely eventually. They're almost there now. Get involved in your State and local elections first. The more individual states stick to conservatism and don't kowtow to the communist Feds the more hope we will have in riding this communist takeover out and even overriding it. Virtually no one ever mentions it but we wouldn't be in this trouble now if the majority of conservatives hadn't lazily thought one man in his seventies could handle it all and they stayed home for the 2018 midterms and that made the power hungry Feds step in and take the House back for the Dems. Until conservatives get more active in ALL elections, even those without Trump's name on the ticket, then conservatives ARE doomed to lose their country.

Guest
4 months ago

I’m working on it and so are many others. We won’t allow this country to go down.

RMS
4 months ago

Now and forever!

Guest
4 months ago

You forgot Tim Scott. Not to mention anyone who did not fight for election fraud and confirmed Biden is a traitor.

ClairePotter
4 months ago

Trump got elected because he took polls and adopted positions that the majority of Americans support. Trump is who he is because of us. Trump needs to explain and defend his supporters, who are a large majority of voters, and their positions on issues and he needs to do that every time he talks. He talks about himself and the press and the bad swamp, while positions taken by the majority of American voters are demonized. We are being marginalized. He did not do that well his first term. Trump was willing to compromise with the DC swamp, but the swamp don't want to do ANYTHING the American people want. We need to hold Trump's feet to the fire.

Guest
4 months ago

troll

ClairePotter
4 months ago

I voted for him twice and would again.

Guest
4 months ago

Unfortunately as you can see from this comment section, it’s more of a cult of personality than anything else.

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