President Donald Trump’s decision to publicly attack his own attorney general has reportedly made Republican lawmakers question whether Trump is really worth their support.
CNN’s Dana Bash on Tuesday reported that many senators looked at Trump’s attacks on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and wondered why they should bother voting to proceed on a highly unpopular health care bill without any guarantee that the president wouldn’t throw them under the bus at a later date.
“The president’s treatment of Sessions could be complicating their effort on health care,” said CNN’s John King on Tuesday afternoon, describing Bash’s report. “Their argument, essentially, he’s their former colleague, but also so loyal to Trump, so out there early on Trump’s side, if he treats him his way, doesn’t have his back, publicly humiliates him, why should they take a risky vote for the president expecting he’s going to protect them politically down the road?”
King then pointed out other reporting indicating that the attacks on Sessions have created a “chill” across the entire Trump cabinet, as many members of the administration are realizing that loyalty for Trump is entirely a one-way street.
“If he will so publicly not just humiliate him and attack him, throw him under the bus repeatedly, what about them?” King asked.
Daily Beast reporter Jackie Kucinich pointed out that Trump treated House Republicans similarly poorly when he called their bill “mean” after they walked the plank to vote for it at his behest.
“If senators are shocked by this, they’re not paying attention,” she said. “He’s already done this.”
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