Even As More Republican Senators Head For the Exit, Trump Tightens His Grip On the Soul of the Party

Retiring Senators Are The Only Ones Who Can Criticize Their Leader

CNN: “Any other President would be facing an existential crisis after being accused by two pillars of his own party of debasing the nation.”

After stunning public rebukes from two Republican Senators, “Donald Trump, however, was in ‘high spirits,’ an aide said, celebrating a big political victory and another step toward transforming the GOP in his own image.”

Senator Jeff Flake (R-AZ) “who announced his retirement while salving his conscience in a Senate floor speech, conceded on Tuesday that for a free trade, pro-immigration, limited government, conservative like him, there was no place in Trump’s modern populist, nationalist Republican Party.”

Said Flake, “We must never meekly accept the daily sundering of our country — the personal attacks, the threats against principles, freedoms, and institutions, the flagrant disregard for truth or decency, the reckless provocations, most often for the pettiest and most personal reasons.”

Senator Bob Corker (R-TN) “who had previously warned that Trump was leading the country on a path towards World War III, told CNN’s Manu Raju in an interview Tuesday that the President would be remembered for ‘the debasing of our nation.'”

“But few others are ready to break cover in a party where those who oppose the Trump revolution get consumed by it and as polls show that around 80% of Republicans back the President.”

 

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