Former President Donald Trump isn’t known for mincing words. Not with Democrats, not with Republicans, and certainly not for the people who sit on the fence. The stunning lack of integrity of a person who runs for office within the party they think they can win with, rather than the party that they actually agree with and whose constituents they can represent, is a slap in the face to every person who votes for them.
As for the former president, his ire was turned toward the Republicans on Capitol Hill who appear to be banking favors with Democrats by playing nice and agreeing with an infrastructure deal that will likely cripple future budgetary and economic options.
Trump pushed Republicans to walk away from the current, bipartisan supported infrastructure bill with a price tag of a whopping $1.2 billion.
“Very important that Senate Republicans not allow our hard-earned tax reductions to be terminated or amended in an upward trajectory in any way, shape, or form,” he said in a statement according to the Independent Journal Review.
“They should not be making deals on increasing taxes for the fake infrastructure proposals being put forward by Democrats, almost all of which goes to the ridiculous Green New Deal Marxist agenda. Keep the Trump Administration’s tax cuts just where they are. Do not allow tax increases,” Trump went on saying that “RINO Republicans should stop negotiating the infrastructure deal — you are just being played by the Radical Left Democrats — they will give you nothing!” Trump said, using the acronym for “Republican in name only.”
Sadly for those who are familiar with how bank accounts are balanced, it appears that the deal might get passed, at least according to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell who said Tuesday, “If that’s credibly paid for, as opposed to adding it to the debt, I think there’s a way forward on that portion of it.”
McConnell, who has sometimes been far too centric for the more conservative in the Republican party has promised a “hell of a fight” against the larger package.
“The era of bipartisanship on this stuff is over. … This is not going to be done on a bipartisan basis. This is going to be a hell of a fight over what this country ought to look like in the future, and it’s going to unfold here in the next few weeks. I don’t think we’ve had a bigger difference of opinion between the two parties,” McConnell said.
Unfortunately, the upcoming vote on infrastructure will likely have more to do with politicians looking to save their own careers than those looking to do what’s best for America. With the next election looming like a hill yet to be climbed, not only is the support of the people at stake, those with key seats are facing the possibility of their entire party depending on them to keep (or gain) control of the House and Senate in 2022.
What does that mean? It means that representatives who are up against tough opponents in their home districts might be tempted to do whatever will solidify their seats, if their district leans a bit purple, rather than voting their conscience and rejecting the massive, unnecessary, and pork-filled budget.
The career Republicans might do well to listen to a politician with one of the sharpest meteoritic rises in the history of politics and cool their bipartisan jets, take a cue from the former president and stand up for something other than making “peace” when they should have gone to war for the American people. Those with one foot onshore and one on a boat are destined to end not with the best of both worlds, but wet and sore.