The President’s weakened position as he heads into the final stretch of the campaign is giving prominent members of the GOP greater latitude to express their concerns about the direction that Trump has steered the Republican Party as they look to protect their own ambitions and futures.
Senator Ben Sasse, Nebraska
“I don’t think the way he’s (Trump) led through Covid has been reasonable or responsible or right,” Ben Sasse said in an audio now public. “The United States now regularly sells out our allies under his leadership, the way he treats women, spends like a drunken sailor.”
“We are staring down the barrel of a blue tsunami,” he said.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
He has said recently that he has not visited the White House in some months because he doesn’t think the White House coronavirus protocols are adequate.
He has also resisted White House negotiating a deal in the range of 2 trillion dollars with Speaker Pelosi.
Senator Lamar Alexander, Tennessee
“Fauci is one of our country’s most distinguished public servant. If more Americans paid attention to his advice, we’d have fewer cases of COVID-19, and it would be safer to go back to school and back to work and out to eat.”
Former NJ Governor Chris Christie
He contracted coronavirus likely at a White House event, and spent seven days in ICU. He has expressed his regrets about not wearing a mask at the White House because of false sense of security arising out of supposedly rigorous coronavirus testing regimen there.
John Kelly, ex-White House chief of staff
The retired Marine general has said this to friends about Trump: “The depths of his dishonesty is just astounding to me. The dishonesty, the transactional nature of every relationship, though it’s more pathetic than anything else. He is the most flawed person I have ever met in my life.”
Senator Mitt Romney, Utah
Mitt Romney released a statement last week stating that the President’s refusal to denounce “the absurd and dangerous conspiracy theory” QAnon during Thursday night’s town hall “continues an alarming pattern.”
The 2012 GOP presidential nominee said Trump was part of a pattern where politicians and parties “refuse to forcefully and convincingly repudiate groups like Antifa, White supremacists and conspiracy peddlers.”
“Rather than expel the rabid fringes and extremes, they have coddled or adopted them, eagerly trading their principles for the hope of electoral victories. As the parties rush down a rabbit hole, they may be opening a door to a political movement that could eventually eclipse them both.”