Trump is tearing his own party apart, with House Republicans openly booing and hissing members of the administration.
Republicans are extremely upset at Donald Trump after he went into talks with Democrats over the debt limit and came out on the short end of the deal. And they’re not shy about it.
The Associated Press reports that House Republicans “hissed and booed” Trump administration officials as they tried to coax them to vote for the package.
Democratic leaders Sen. Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi secured a deal with Trump that would provide $15 billion in hurricane disaster relief in exchange for an increase in the debt limit.
On top of that announcement, Trump even handed over the keys to his highly-prized Twitter account to Pelosi, who noted in a press conference that after she asked Trump to tweet encouragement to DACA recipients, “Boom, boom, boom, the tweet appeared.”
The defeats and concessions have contributed to a growing sense of panic and worry among Republicans, who now see Trump throwing them under the bus as he tries — likely in vain — to rescue his unpopular presidency by following the lead of Democrats.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin pleaded with House Republicans in a closed-door session to “vote for the debt ceiling for me.” But despite the desperate request, the administration is in the dog house with their own party.
Rep. Ted Yoho (R-FL) derided Mnuchin in a comment to AP: “Ha. He’s not one of my constituents.”
Trump budget director Mick Mulvaney, a former tea party congressman, was even less successful. His past hardline position against debt increases were likely on the minds of Republican congressmen as, in the AP’s reporting, “He was booed when he stepped up to speak.”
Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) characterized the tone of the meeting, remarking, “Everyone’s moaning and groaning, like, ‘You’ve got to be kidding me’.”
Republicans nominated and voted for Trump, they have backed him even as he tried to take health insurance away from millions, instituted a Muslim ban, expressed sympathy for white supremacists, and on and on.
They will be tied to him forever. But now it appears, at long last, pangs of extreme buyer’s remorse are finally starting to have an impact.