Mike Lee – or should I say Wednesday’s Brave Mike Lee – said so many bad things about the useless briefing that the Trump Administration provided to Congress. He “tore into” the Trump Administration. He said the briefing was ” un-American. It’s unconstitutional. And it’s wrong.” He was so mad that he inspired a “Why Mike Lee Might Vote to Remove Trump” analysis piece at Bloomberg.
I think we can all agree, in a bi-partisan and fair-minded way, that we want more Wednesday Mike Lee Republicans in the Senate, and it sure sounds like Wednesday Mike is not in love with Donald Trump.
But that was Wednesday. Thursday, he went on Fox News and revised and extended his remarks:
“Those assigned to come and brief us yesterday from the administration didn’t share this president’s view that has been very respectful toward his commander-in-chief power.”
“I applaud this president. I support this president. This president has been fantastic. He’s been unprecedentedly deferential to the American people, and restrained in his use of the commander in chief power, more than any other president in my lifetime.”
“The briefers yesterday didn’t exhibit the same level of respect and deference and restraint that president trump has shown, and I think that’s unfortunate.”
So, Thursday never looking back, and Friday, Mike’s in love.
Mike’s a great example of a Senator throwing down a few “I was reasonable back then” cards at the right time and place. This motherfucker is the god damned chairman of Trump’s re-elect campaign in Utah. (Warning, the lede of that story will make you want to vomit.) He’s as much of a fucking coward as the rest of them, and the first question at that news conference should have been “In light of your anger, are you going to resign your position as Trump’s campaign chair?”
We should be issuing a deck of cards to the DC Press that has the Trump affiliations of each Senator on it, so they can pull out their own card when a Senator tries to play an “I was reasonable” card, and ask them about their Trump affiliations.
Speaking of reasonable cards, is there anyone throwing down more of them than Rob Portman? He got so much press and adulation for his gay marriage stance, which he based on happening to have a gay son. (If he didn’t, of course he’d be a bigot like the rest of them.) Today in my hobby news feeds, my place of respite, that fucker pops up in a puff piece about his love for the outdoors. One of Trump’s first acts was the largest national monument reduction in history. A Trump committee wants to privatize national park campgrounds and (this one is really awful) revoke some of the benefits of the lifetime Senior Pass. At least Jennifer Rubin sees through his bullshit.
If we ever get rid of Trump, the backlash needs to include people like these two, otherwise they’ll teach a lesson to others like them.