Former Republican commentator Rick Wilson thinks that Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is trying to buy favor from President Donald Trump. The only problem is that it hasn’t worked out that well for others when Trump feels slighted.
The conversation was couched in a panel discussion about the recent appearance by George Conway in a podcast where he said, “I just thought, in terms of his ignorance of issues, I thought he’d learn more over time. And in terms of his popping off in saying things that were inappropriate, it would get better over time, and you’d wince every so often at something he’d do or say, but it would be manageable.”
Conway was let down by the assumption.
“I don’t know when exactly it was in 2015, but I coined the phrase or used the phrase, ‘there is no better Trump,'” Wilson recalled. “There’s no better iteration of Trump. He can’t be trained. He can’t be managed. He can’t be fixed. It’s okay. A guy like George, who I think is incredibly bold getting out there and putting this in public record at great expense to himself, personally, obviously, is in a situation like a lot of Republicans. They wanted to work.”
Wilson said that many Republicans thought they could help “manage” Trump or help him “adjust” and “learn.” The reality has obviously been something entirely different.
“Well, all of the adults are gone. Dead, thrown off the cliff,” Wilson continued. “There’s no one in the White House, helping Donald Trump or shaping Donald Trump’s behavior. He’s a giant ball of ego and giant ball of need. And it was apparent to a lot of us early in the process.”
He went on to say that there are a lot of Republicans who have come out against Trump, but in the case of Conway, “he’s seen this up close.” Because of his experience, Americans know that none of Trump’s irrational speeches or Twitter meltdowns are some kind of “game” he’s playing to mess with Democrats.
The latest example is Graham, who has long been a Warhawk, particularly in the Middle East. He, like many Republicans, support the alliance between the U.S. and the Kurdish people that are now being bombed by Turkey, thanks to Trump.
As Charlie Sykes wrote, Graham “traded his honor to be ‘relevant’ as a Trump adviser. But on Syria, Trump didn’t bother to ask what he thought.”
Wilson said that it was clear Graham “sacrificed his integrity” a long time ago.
“Look, Lindsey is the tragic figure of this whole thing. He sacrificed his integrity, his reputation, his dignity, and his political future to Donald Trump because he was trying to buy influence with Trump by being obsequious,” said Wilson. “Of course, it doesn’t work. Trump always does this to everyone. He’s a serial betrayer in his life, in his business, his politics. And George’s analysis that they can’t be president because he has a mental deficiency of being able to step outside his own set of needs, whether it’s his ego, his wallet or whatever, is completely on point.”
All of the Republicans “pretending” that everything is normal “they’re out of their minds. They’re going to be held responsible for what Trump has done in their name because they are silent on it. I think it’s a slow-motion tragedy.”
Louie Gohmert’s daughter begs him to heed medical advice and not to follow Trump to ‘an early grave’
In a statement posted to Twitter this Friday, the daughter of Texas GOP Rep. Louie Gohmert said that her father contracted the coronavirus because he chose to ignore medical expertise.
Gohmert’s daughter Caroline, who is also a recording artist known as BELLSAINT, said that “wearing a mask is a non-partisan issue.”
“The advice of medical experts shouldn’t be politicized,” her statement read. “My father ignored medical expertise and now he has COVID.”
“It’s not worth following a president who has no remorse for leading his followers to an early grave,” she added.
Doctors fear Trump will lie about a vaccine to win the election
There is a fear among many that the so-called "October Surprise" won't be another international scandal at the White House, but President Donald Trump announcing a vaccine, whether there is one or not.
Washington Post political columnist Greg Sargent explained in his Monday column that scientists are issuing a warning in a series of New York Times interviews. Either Trump will like and announce a vaccine that isn't ready or he'll rush the process to ensure a vaccine is ready, whether it is or not. Some of the scientists even work for the American government and have updated information on the status of a vaccine.
GOP strategists fear a Kris Kobach nomination could cost Republicans greatly: ‘The Senate majority runs through Kansas’
In Kansas’ Republican senatorial primary, voters will choose between former Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach and Rep. Roger Marshall — who some GOP strategists believe is by far the more electable of the two. And according to Politico’s James Arkin, one of the prominent Republicans who is sounding the alarm is Kevin McLaughlin, executive director of the National Republican Senatorial Committee.
Although Kobach and Marshall are both hard-right politically, Kobach is more extreme — so extreme that even in deep red Kansas, he lost a gubernatorial race to a centrist Democrat in the 2018 midterms. That Democrat, Laura Kelly, is now governor of Kansas, where Kobach was a leading promoter of the racist “birther” conspiracy theory during the 2010s.