In the world of Republican establishment politics, Mike Murphy is a well-regarded political consultant. The list of well-known candidates he’s worked with (like John McCain, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Christine Todd Whitman, etc.) reads like a who’s-who of GOP VIP’s from the past two decades. So his critique on how the Republican establishment is treating President Donald Trump is sure to raise some eyebrows.
Yes, Murphy IS basically a charter-member of the #NeverTrump set — his last campaign was that of Jeb! Bush — so his critiques of this White House aren’t terribly surprising. But in a recent Q&A with CNN’s Chris Cillizza, Murphy ridiculed the “quiet and brave” Republicans who are basically playing both sides of the “good” and “bad” versions of Trump. To wit:
And I cannot image it’s much fun to spend all of your time figuring out how to make yourself slide under a closed door to show you are both pro the “good” Trump and against the “bad” Trump at the same time. Of course after Trump is eventually driven from office, DC will be full of stories about the quiet yet brave patriots who courageously worked against Trump albeit from behind the scenes. Still, I have to applaud the exceptions; Lindsey Graham, Jeb Bush, Jeff Flake, Ben Sasse, John Kasich and a few more. The rest ought to study up on Vichy France.
For those unfamiliar with the reference, according to Brittanica, Vichy is described “ under the regime of Marshal Philippe Pétain from the Nazi German defeat of France to the Allied liberation in World War II. … Their policy changed in tune with the fortunes of the war.” Put in more current terms, Urban Dictionary defines Vichy as “Puppet, especially a puppet regime that carries out the political will of its conquerer.”
Is he equating elected Republicans who have remained quiet in the face of Trump’s non-traditional ways to Nazi sympathizers? No, not really. But in light of Trump’s equivocal comments following the deadly Charlottesville unrest led by White Supremacists and Neo-Nazis, some of his critics might agree.
Of course, Trump’s base will see this comment as another example of someone who has long benefitted from establishment politics hitting the guy who was elected to “drain the swamp.” So here we are.
Read the entire interview at CNN.com.
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