One respected official on the Senate floor is warning his colleagues that they need to fall in line with the President, not fight against him.
Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), called out his fellow GOP Senators that were working against President Trump. “It’s like you’re back in junior high…We’ve got a job to do, damn it, and so all of this nonsense, I got nothing to say on it. Everyone shut up and do your job, is my view,” he said to radio host Mark Davis, according to The Hill.
During an interview with conservative radio host Mark Davis on Wednesday, Ted Cruz was asked about Republican Senators Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Bob Corker (R-TN), who have been vocal in their criticism of the President recently.
Cruz mentioned that Americans are “frustrated” by Republicans inability to come through on the campaign promises they have made for many years, with many establishment Republican’s facing looming threats in the 2018 election.
“Well I think it’s unfortunate the nastiness that pervades Washington now and political battles of personality that consume seemingly every minute of the media attention and an awful lot of time and energy here in this town,” he said.
Sen. Jeff Flake recently announced that he was planning to retire from the US Senate at the end of his term, deciding it was unlikely that he would be re-elected in the face of competition. However, his impromptu speech took a jab at Mr. Trump, saying, “We must never allow ourselves to lapse into thinking that this is just the way things are now. If we simply become used to this condition, thinking that it is just politics as usual, then heaven help us,” as reported by The Washington Post.
The Senator even published a book criticism Mr. Trumps character and ideology, called Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle.
As for Sen. Corker, he has accused the President of “debasing” this country with his “untruths” and told CNN that he isn’t a role model for children and he regrets supporting him. “You would think he would aspire to be the president and the United States and act like a president of the United States. But that’s not going to be the case, apparently,” he said.
Although the interviewer didn’t name him personally, Sens. Corker and Flake are not the only GOP Senators to have begun attacking the President. Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), not only criticized Mr. Trump himself but was vocal in his support of Sen. Flake, saying that he was a man of integrity and honor.
On the topic of the failed health care bills, Cruz said that it wasn’t conservatives who had shelved the proposal, but the moderates such as Sens. Flake, Corker, and McCain. “Alright big boys, we got a majority and you know who it is who is screwing up governing? It’s the so-called elder statesman moderates,” he said.
Many on the Right in elected office are overtly anti-Trump. Are these people destroying the Republican Party?
Cruz’s opinion is bulwarked by that of another Senator, Rand Paul (R-AZ), who felt there is little point in attacking the President right when crucial tax reform is coming around the corner.
As the Republican Party continues to cleanse itself of it’s anti-Trump, establishment elements, it will hopefully morph into a political entity more in line with the will of the American people.