Lindsey Graham and his former “greatest buddy”
Within the days since Donald Trump inexplicably renewed his assaults on the late Sen. John McCain, the response from Senate Republicans has been—at greatest—tepid. However hey, who can blame them? It’s not like McCain was held up by them for practically 50 years as a conflict hero. Oh, wait—that occurred. Properly, a minimum of most of them didn’t serve aspect by aspect with him in Congress for nearly 40 years. Oh, wait—that occurred too. Okay, however to be honest, they didn’t all line as much as glowingly eulogize him following his demise, claiming friendship and deep respect. Strike three.
But it surely seems these Senate Republicans have a superb cause for ignoring the insulting slurs that Trump has been lobbing in opposition to McCain for practically every week. As a result of whereas they’re “uncomfortable” with Trump’s assaults, they’re feeling “boxed in.” In spite of everything, lots of them are up for re-election this fall. Like Lindsey Graham, who “is keenly conscious that if he blows up his relationship by criticizing [Trump] too onerous, he may lose the Oval Workplace entry he at the moment enjoys.” Graham, as it’s possible you’ll recall, was John McCain’s greatest buddy. Or Sens. Cory Gardner and Thom Tillis, who boldly “did not reply to repeated requests for remark.”
There was one senator’s aide who bravely supplied an nameless clarification for standing silently by, saying the “dilemma” was whether or not one ought to danger drawing Trump’s “wrath” or …
… let the information cycle cross with out their fingerprints? This senator determined to remain mum after figuring out it was not price inflaming GOP voters at house.
And this was in all probability the fitting alternative for these cowards. In spite of everything, the media will transfer on and ignore this in a day or two, as they do on each outrage by Trump and the enabling silence from his fellow Republicans. Lather, rinse, repeat.