Despite President Trump’s pursuit of party goals, some Republicans remain anti-Trump and seem to oppose him at every turn.
According to The Washington Times, US Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR) had a simple message for those Republicans opposing Trump. He told anti-Trump Republicans, “If one feels strongly enough that [the President] is taking the wrong course, then one needs to resign. Otherwise one has to execute the President’s guidance even if one disagrees with it.”
Senator Cotton’s words come at a time when Republican lawmakers remain staunch opponents of Trump and his agenda despite his attempts to eliminate Obamacare, crack down on illegal immigration, cut taxes and other goals Republicans have supposedly been advocating for decades.
The Washington Examiner reported that Trump has frequently pursued Obamacare repeal–a GOP goal that has existed for seven years–and yet that effort is blocked every time by dissenting Republicans.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) warned that this continued opposition to achieve party goals will alienate Republican voters: “There are going to be a great many Americans who tonight feel a sense of betrayal, feel a sense of betrayal that politicians stood up and made a promise.”
Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and John McCain (R-AZ) are two specific politicians who opposed the repeal of Obamacare, despite campaigning on and advocating for its repeal.
Murkowski told voters: “This law is not affordable for anyone in Alaska. That is why I will support the bill that repeals the ACA and wipes out its harmful impacts. I can’t watch premiums for Alaskans shoot up by 30 percent or more each year, see businesses artificially constrained, or see the quality of public education decline.”
McCain made this promise: “It is clear that any serious attempt to improve our health care system must begin with a full repeal and replacement of Obamacare, and I will continue fighting on behalf of the people of Arizona to achieve it.”
Cruz said voters would see Republican lawmakers like Murkowski and McCain as liars for failing to deliver on their promises. “I tell you this,” Cruz declared, “if you stand up and campaign and say we’re going to repeal Obamacare, and you vote for Obamacare, those are not consistent. And the American people are entirely justified in saying, ‘any politician who told me that and voted the other way didn’t tell me the truth. They lied to me.’”
Though some politicians may not agree with Trump or his policies, adamant refusal to cooperate or collaborate accomplishes nothing. Democrats and anti-Trump Republicans can claim they are fighting for the average American, but as a result of their commitment to inaction, nothing is getting done.
It’s also important for them to realize that voters want what Trump is offering and fighting for. Voters elected Trump because he campaigned on Obamacare repeal, tax cuts, immigration policies and other items long advocated for in the conservative agenda.
Senator Cotton makes this point by saying, “The simple fact of the matter is the American people elected the president ultimately to make these decisions.”
Tom Cotton has issued a strong statement. Do you agree with him?
Anti-Trump Republicans are ignoring the will of their own constituents by opposing Trump and his agenda. They are publicly opposing a president who is providing them a clear shot at achieving all of the things they were unable to accomplish under former President Obama.
It’s time Republican lawmakers set aside whatever petty differences they may have with President Trump and find a way to make serious progress on the promises they made to their voters. Otherwise, the next round of elections may prove disastrous to a party that has been consistently alienating its own base.