Divisions in the Republican Party are shaping up to guarantee an interesting 2018 midterm election.
In last night’s opening monologue, Fox News’ Sean Hannity issued an ultimatum to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY): Either reach a deal on tax reform before the end of 2017, or resign.
Hannity explained that President Donald Trump and Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX), have a simple philosophy for tax reform: “Get the government off your back, and let you keep more of your hard earned money.” Hannity noted that President Trump is working around the clock to push his agenda, but he needs to help of Congress to pass tax reform.
“Now it is time for Congress!” Hannity urged. “I cannot believe they have no urgency. Get your job done! And I am specifically talking about you, Mitch McConnell, and the never-Trumpers out there.”
McConnell is not the only Republican senator blocking the Trump administration’s agenda. Hannity singled out John McCain (R-AZ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Jeff Flake (R-AZ), and Ben Sasse (R-NE), for lying to the American people by making promises they never intended to keep. “That’s the swamp! That’s the sewer!” Hannity exclaimed.
Hannity is not buying McConnell’s excuses. The Senate Majority leader recently chastised President Trump, claiming the newly elected president has unrealistic expectations for the pace of progress in Washington, DC. He explained that tax reform will not be possible by the end of the year.
“This is pathetic, inexcusable and unacceptable,” Hannity thundered, before presenting an ultimatum for McConnell and other never Trump Republicans. “If you don’t get the urgency to work for the American people and don’t pass tax reform by the end of this year, you need to resign.”
Both never-Trump Republicans and Democrats in Congress attack President Trump, claiming that his relatively low approval ratings undermine his mandate. However, a recent Gallup poll reveals that the public’s approval of Congress is at an annual low, with only 16 percent of Americans supporting the law making body. Essentially, President Trump has much more support than Congress.
Now, Republicans in Congress are left with one choice: Either support the Trump agenda or lose your seat.
Hannity says McConnell should make a tax deal, or he should resign. Should politicians who break their promises resign?
Since leaving the White House, former chief strategist Steve Bannon stated that he will continue to push President Trump’s agenda from outside the Oval Office. Specifically, the chairman of Breitbart is planning to coordinate campaigns against incumbent Republicans who are unwilling to support President Trump, Politico reports.
Like Bannon and Hannity, a lot of Trump supporters are disappointed that Republicans in Congress appear resistant to ushering in the changes they campaigned on. Supporting Republican challengers is an important aspect of holding elected officials accountable.
“I don’t think anyone should be surprised at primary challenges in GOP Senate races, especially against those Senators that have appeared to be less than helpful to the Trump agenda. And I think those primary challengers will be well funded,” explained conservative strategist Ned Ryun. “It’s a natural reaction by the base to what they’ve perceived as a perhaps intentional inability to pass any Trump agenda items.”