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  Posted 12 August 2017 - 06:09 PM

Base Approves As Trump Escalates Criticism Of McConnell

After string of Twitter hits, president calls out Senate majority leader over legislative failure

PoliZette
by Brendan Kirby
Updated 11 Aug 2017 at 8:20 AM

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President Donald Trump’s escalation of his rhetorical assault on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Thursday did not go over well with GOP senators, but it appears to have the approval of the conservative activist base.

After sending three separate tweets tweaking McConnell over the failure to repeal Obamacare last month, Trump hit the senator during a pair of separate news conferences in Bedminster, New Jersey. He came close to calling for McConnell to step down as Senate Republican leader.

“Well, I’ll tell you what, if he doesn’t get repeal and replace done, and if he doesn’t get taxes done — meaning cuts and reform — and if he doesn’t get a very easy one to get done, infrastructure, if he doesn’t get them done, then you can ask me that question,” he said.

Trump made clear he remains upset over the way McConnell handled the health care debate.

"But I said, 'Mitch, get to work and let's get it done,'" he said. "They should have had this last one done. They lost by one vote. For a thing like that to happen is a disgrace. And frankly, it shouldn't happen. That I can tell you."

After receiving a security briefing, Trump took another shot at McConnell, praising the senator's wife — Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao — but reiterating his disapproval over the health care failure and urging him to pass the rest of the White House legislative agenda.

"I'm very disappointed in Mitch. But if he gets these bills passed, I'll be very happy with him," he said. "I'll be the first to admit it. But honestly, repeal and replace of Obamacare should have taken place and it should have been on my desk virtually the first week that I was there or the first day that I was there."

McConnell's office declined to comment. But some of his GOP colleagues came to the leader's defense. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) tweeted that McConnell "has been the best leader we've had in my time in the Senate, through very tough challenges. I fully support him." Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) — a vocal critic of the president — tweeted that McConnell "does a tough job well. He has my support."

But Trump appears to be on safe ground with the public in criticizing congressional leaders. A Gallup poll released Wednesday shows public approval of Congress stands at 16 percent. That is the same approval rating among Republican voters. A roundup of recent surveys by HuffPost indicates that an average of 21.3 percent of voters approve of McConnell's performance, while 44.1 percent have an unfavorable opinion.

Those views align with conservative activists. David Bozell, president of ForAmerica, cheered Trump's forceful tone with congressional leaders.

"The president is absolutely right. It's something ForAmerica has been calling for since the very beginning of the administration," he said. "He's about to cross the rubicon there and start calling for their resignations if they can't get this done."

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Posted 13 August 2017 - 11:19 PM

I approve of the criticism upon Mitch MCommie.

I'm embarrassed that McCommie is from my state and had turned on us right after his last re-election.

And I had voted against that rat bastard too in the primary?
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