As CNN’s Chris Cuomo explained on Monday, not a single member of the GOP was willing to appear on air to defend Trump’s recent firing of former FBI director James Comey.
In explaining this fact, Cuomo cited Sen. Chuck Schumer, who specifically asked whether any Republicans were willing to put country ahead of party.
Cuomo stated, “It is a pickle the president has put his party in here. That’s what leadership is about, right? If you choose to ignore, you are in effect, empowering whatever you ignore.”
David Gregory, one of the panelists, then agreed with Cuomo, and added that he believes that it is “demeaning to reduce the conversation and controversy to partisan politics and allowing a conversation to unfold that the Democrats are being hypocrites because they wanted Comey out all along. Come on. Focus on what was done. They made up a reason to get rid of Comey.”
He went on to state that the idea that the Republicans actually cared about the treatment of Hillary Clinton is an excuse that no one truly believes.
“They did it in the middle of the Russia investigation. They tried to get him to pledge loyalty. You know, Trump was thinking, ‘Oh, this guy, Comey, he will feel bad about how he handled Clinton and now he’s going to go after the Russia thing harder.’ And he was mad about the leaks and the rest because Trump walks around the White House thinking Clapper and the intelligence community of the United States is conspiring against his presidency. He is holding the electoral map with all of the red on it showing that he really should be president and that is what is driving President Trump and that part is really sad.”
Gregory continued, saying that he thinks the GOP leadership is surely missing something if they do not tell Trump that he is effectively endangering all of the things that he previously claimed to care for.
“Healthcare legislation? I mean, I’ve talked to people who were in meetings with the president who said he has no understanding of or real care of the health care legislation. Or there could actually be some real compromise. Big sweeping tax reform? Very hard to see if they can’t get a budget passed. And you’ve got Democrats who are very happy to stay on the sidelines.”
Cuomo then made note of the fact that it is possible Republicans may be afraid that Trump will come after them in the event that they vocalize their disapproval.