Since members of the GOP establishment haven’t told us enough how much they despise former President Donald Trump, they decided to tell us once again that they really, really, really, don’t like him. In an effort to further showcase their utter tone-deafness, they took to the Sunday morning talk show circuit to complain about how awful the former president is.
First up we have Rep. Adam Kinzinger, who had some words for those on the right criticizing people who continue holding on to Trump’s comments about the 2020 election like Linus clings to his blanket. In an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press” with host Chuck Todd, he said:
“Well, it’s two things. Number one, Trump set the table. He’s the one that continually brings up a stolen election narrative. He’s the one that has convinced members of Congress, including what we saw a few days ago, to have a hearing on January 6th and claimed that this was nothing but a tourist group, or that it was hugs and kisses.”
Kinzinger continued, lamenting the fact that Trump is the leader of the GOP.
“You cannot on the one hand say that Donald Trump is a leader or the leader of the Republican Party — which I believe he is the leader of the Republican Party right now because Kevin McCarthy gave him his leadership card. You can’t say he’s the leader and then say we have to move on. I would love to move on, Chuck.”
Then, Kinzinger decided to go full Maddow and compare this situation to North Korea, because of course, he did.
“Well, I think what it means to say to any Republican that’s maybe kind of confused by the moment we’re in is policy doesn’t matter anymore. It literally is all your loyalty to Donald Trump. As I’ve said before, this is something that, like, echoes a little bit out of North Korea where no matter what policy comes out, you’re loyal to the guy.”
Never go full Maddow, folks.
Next, we have Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, who said Trump is “toxic” for the GOP. During an interview with CNN’s Dana Bash, he was asked if he agreed with Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) when she said the former president is a threat to democracy.
“We’ve got to find a way to get the Republican Party back to the party of Lincoln and Reagan, get back to the more traditional big-tent party that can appeal to a majority of people. Otherwise we simply aren’t going to have control, we’re not going to get the White House back and we won’t have control of the House and the Senate.”
Hogan also chimed in on the House GOP’s decision to remove Cheney from her position as conference chair last Wednesday, calling it a “mistake” and arguing that the party is “doubling down on failure.” He said:
“We’ve lost the White House, the House, and the Senate over the past four years, and to continue to, you know, do the exact same thing and expect a different result is the definition of insanity.”
Later in the conversation, Hogan noted that, “this is a four-year battle for the soul of the Republican Party. We’ve got another election coming up next year in 2022.”
The governor might be right about the need for the GOP to build a bigger tent, but the fact that he seems to believe the Cheneys of the party can make this happen demonstrates how out of touch he is with the electorate.
Last, but most certainly not least, we have Rep. Cheney herself, who appeared on “Fox News Sunday” with host Chris Wallace. Wallace asked her why she can’t just ignore Trump, which is akin to asking a dog why he can’t ignore a steak placed right in front of him. She answered: “Well, you know, I wish we could do that Chris but unfortunately, as I said over the course of the last several weeks, former President Trump continues to be a real danger.”
Cheney continued, repeating her usual line on Trump’s claims about the presidential election.
“What he’s doing and what he’s saying — his claims, his refusal to accept decisions by the courts. His claims continued as recently as yesterday that somehow this election was stolen. You know what he’s doing is he’s causing people to believe that they can’t count on our electoral process to actually convey the will of the people.”
“Those millions of people that you mentioned, who supported the President, have been misled. They’ve been betrayed.”
Sunday morning provided even more proof that the establishment elites are completely out of touch with the base. They seem to believe that rank-and-file conservatives and Republicans are rejecting them only because they are obsessed with Trump. What they don’t realize is that the anti-establishment sentiment we are seeing today was brewing long before the former president ever arrived on the political scene.
People like Hogan, Kinzinger, Cheney, and the rest of the Republican elites have failed to understand that regardless of whether they agree with Trump’s claims about the election, they want him to be an important part of the conservative movement. Conservative Americans want to see the Republican Party transformed into a political machine that is actually worth supporting instead of being led by feckless individuals who refuse to fight for their constituents.
Here’s the bottom line: The Republican establishment does not understand the people it seeks to lead and never has. For this reason, they are being replaced, and like jilted lovers, they can’t stop whining about it. But, as the saying goes, they made this bed, didn’t they?