Town Hall -- Lawmakers are sticking up for Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after President Trump publicly criticized him for allowing Congress to go on recess without checking important legislative items off their to do list.
McConnell defended himself with an indefensible line about the president having too many expectations.
Trump had a simple, yet effective response, reminding McConnell about his and his colleagues' seven year failed promise to the American people.
Donald J. Trump tweeted: Senator Mitch McConnell said I had "excessive expectations," but I don't think so. After 7 years of hearing Repeal and Replace why not done?"It's a good point. Yet, GOP senators are rushing to their leader's defense. Sen. Orrin Hatch (UT) let McConnell know on Twitter that he has his "full support."
2:14 PM - Aug 9, 2017
Sen. Orin Hatch tweeted: Senate Majority Leader has been the best leader we've had in my time in the Senate, through very tough challenges. I fully support him.Other senators followed Hatch's Twitter lead. Sen. Jeff Flake (AZ) wrote that McConnell "does a tough job well and he "has his support."
3:31 PM - Aug 10, 2017
Sen. John Cornyn (TX) said more of the same.
John Cornyn tweeted: Passing POTUS's legislative agenda requires a team effort. No one is more qualified than Mitch McConnell to lead Senate in that effort.He may be "qualified," but many conservatives would argue he has little to show this year for his political resume.
9:58 AM - Aug 11, 2017
Blog Author's Comments: We must always remember that these are career politicians. This is all most of them have known and want to do for the salary and lifetime benefits they will receive when they are either voted out of office or decide to retire. The senators are voted to office for a six year term. And can continually be reelected as long as they are able. President Trump was elected for a four year term. He has been put through hell by the Democrats, the majority of the media, attempting to deal with the 'fake news concerning 'Russian collusion' for as long as he has been president, when there has been zero proof that this ever happened or had any impact on the election. Now, he is trying to do his job and pass an agenda that will help the majority of the American people and is fighting his own party in an attempt to get something of substance done.
Trump had a very successful and good life, prior to running for the presidency. Now, special counsel Robert Mueller and his army of never-Trumper lawyers, who are supposed to be investigating Russian collusion, are allegedly now digging into his personal finances, many of the business dealing he has had over the years, his life and that of his family. And the only reason for all of this is an attempt to remove our duly elected president from office.
Senator Orin Hatch said - the Senate Majority Leader has been the best leader we’ve had in my time in the Senate. Well sir that may be the problem. If Republican Senators don't understand why McConnell's comments were politically inept then they should seek employment elsewhere. After seven years of promising to repeal and replace Obamacare on day one, the failure to do so after seven months should not be defended with talk of "excessive expectations" and pleas for more time.
Trump is calling them out and McConnell is a typical politician. He and the rest of the GOP and Democrats need to understand that they indeed do and should be working for all of us. I will give McConnell a bit of a break over the Obamacare repeal and replace 'skinny version' bill, they recently tried to pass. Three of the RINO’s changed their minds and wouldn't support it this time when they knew Trump would sign it. The version that was passed in 2015 was because they all knew Obama would veto it. Though I still believe McConnell could have been much more vocal, forceful, persuasive and do some serious 'arm twisting' of the Republican senators who failed to fall in line and help both their party the president and the country.
Quote Of The Day: Democrat Jon Ossoff, who lost a recent special election in Georgia, will be on a panel this Saturday explaining how to win elections in 2018. -- Amber Athey