It appears that one of the most anti-Trump Republicans on the US Senate floor is getting called out by another Senator for pushing this country further into debt.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) slammed his colleagues in the Senate over the new GOP Budget, including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), for pretending to be true conservatives when their actions have spoken otherwise. “People like McCain and Graham, who parade as conservatives but are not really conservative, they need to be called out because they are bankrupting our country,” Paul said, according to The Washington Examiner.
The former physician, who advised President Trump on his newest health care Executive Order, has been vocally critical of some of his colleagues on the Senate floor, including Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), for “parading” as conservatives while doing their utmost to stop conservative legislation.
“People like McCain and Graham, who parade as conservatives but are not really conservative, they need to be called out because they are bankrupting our country,” said Paul.
These comments are emerging during debates concerning the Senate GOP budget, most specifically on the topic of defense spending. The Kentucky Republican has repeatedly criticized the bill for blowing through established budget caps.
He contended that Graham was part of the problem in Washington, DC; that he is complicit in increasing the national debt due to his willingness to constantly increase military spending regardless of fiscal responsibility.
“Lindsey Graham wouldn’t know a conservative if he met one, He’s never been a conservative. He’s probably a big part of why we have such a massive debt in this country,” said Paul.
“Why is the deficit bigger all the time, under Republicans or Democrats?” Paul added. “Because neither one of them are conservative. And I frankly am infuriated by the idea that these people will continue to throw wool over the eyes of the American voter and simply say ‘Oh we’re conservative’ and yet they pass stuff that is just frankly, not conservative.”
Paul’s criticism of McCain is a sentiment that has been echoed by the President himself. Recent comments by Senator McCain served to accuse the President of spreading a “half-baked, spurious nationalism.” President Trump responded back in his own way.
“People have to be careful because at some point I fight back. I’m being very nice. I’m being very, very nice. But at some point, I fight back, and it won’t be pretty,” said Trump, according to Breitbart.
Senator Rand Paul really let McCain have it. Do you agree with the Kentucky Senator?
Rand Paul, a conservative with libertarian principles, has been a staunch advocate of keeping a balanced budget, especially in light of the debt accumulated by the previous administration. “They want unlimited spending and they want to do anything they can to exceed the budget caps,” Paul said, according to The Daily Caller. “And this is a real problem and it needs to be discussed in the open because the problem with Republicans is they’re going home and promising one thing and they’re coming to Washington and doing another.”
McCain has been a thorn in President Trump’s side for a while, frequently criticizing the President’s leadership as well as thwarting crucial Obamacare repeal legislation numerous times. How this rift between the conservatives in Washington will be mended is yet to be seen.