Jason Chaffetz describes Majority Leader Mitch McConnell as being “a very nice man” as he struggles to come up with arguments in favor of him remaining in his position as Senate Majority Leader as Republican leaders get together in the White House to try to map out a way forward.
He says, “Look, when the team isn’t performing well and putting wins up on the board, a lot of people on that team want to see a change in the coach. And Donald Trump, all he wants are bills to sign.”
Chaffetz points out, “When it was left to just the President we got Neal Gorsuch. So he was able to perform, but I think people are looking at Congress and they just fundamentally don’t understand, why we don’t have repeal and replace for Obamacare and where is the tax reform bill?”
Chaffetz says, “We talk about all of these principles – introduce the bill so we can build the momentum to actually win the vote. That’s not happening.” Asked if McConnell needs to go, Chaffetz replies with a heavy sigh, “I don’t know what the case is to keep him, with all due respect, he’s a very nice gentleman, he’s very accomplished.”
“But you’ve got to actually produce things,” Chaffetz notes, “and they haven’t been able to do that. I do think the pressure also should be put on Senator McCain and Rand Paul and those that actually voted no or were going to vote no on these things.”
Chaffetz says, “But it is the Majority Leader’s job to bring up the bill and actually push to get the votes. If people vote ‘no’ then they know who to blame. But when you don’t even vote, then you’ve got to kind of blame the Leader.”
The bottom line on all of this seems to boil down to a few people allied with President Trump wanting to make America great again and many more working in the “resistance” and opposition to make certain that he fails and our country continues it’s downward trend. McConnell and his team fall into that latter category.
Chaffetz is mistaken, McConnell is not a nice gentleman. If he were he’d be working with the President, not laughing behind his back at the prospect of building a border wall to defend this nation. He’s just as much the enemy as his more abrasive comrade, Sen Bob Corker, probably more.
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