“My Republican colleagues in the House and Senate are concerned by much of the dysfunction and disorder and chaos at the White House. I think more of my colleagues should speak up. They say things privately that they don’t say publicly.”
Donald Trump is doing his best to bully and threaten Republicans in Congress to keep their mouths shut about all of the dysfunction and madness in this administration. But, over the weekend, Senator Bob Corker finally stepped up and admitted that Trump is a disaster.
And on Monday night, another Republican broke his silence and spoke out in defense of Corker.
During an interview with MSNBC on Monday, Congressman Charlie Dent (R-PA) said that he was “glad that Senator Corker” spoke out against Trump.
Just like Corker, Dent is not seeking reelection next year. So he apparently feels more emboldened to go against Trump. When Dent was asked if it was easier for him to criticize the president now that he’s leaving Congress, he said,
“Well, I was critical before the 2016 election, I never endorsed Trump. So I’ll be very honest with you. … A lot of these comments from the president have been disquieting, to say the least. And let’s be honest, we’ve had a lot of these emperor has no clothes moments, and I’m glad that Sen. Corker has brought voice to this. We are concerned – my colleagues, my Republican colleagues in the House and Senate are concerned by much of the dysfunction and disorder and chaos at the White House. … We have these conversations all the time and we have to do better and I think more of my colleagues should speak up. They say things privately that they don’t say publicly.”
It’s incredibly frustrating that more Republicans have not spoken out against the madman in the White House, especially those who are seeking reelection. But it’s good to see at least a few of them grow a spine, even if it is just the members who are retiring so far.
Clearly the Republicans are complaining about Trump in private. Now we need them to, for once, put country over party and start speaking the truth. It’s a lot to ask for from Republicans, but Dent and Corker have certainly opened the door for them.