Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell did the unthinkable on Monday, when he defended the lack of any Senate legislation by criticizing the “excessive expectations” of President Donald Trump. McConnell said:
“Our new president, of course, has not been in this line of work before. And I think he had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process. And so part of the reason I think people feel we’re underperforming is because too many artificial deadlines––unrelated to the reality of the complexity of legislating––may not have been fully understood.”
The old “best defense is a good offense” tactic, right? It’s as though McConnell is saying “It’s not me, it’s you that are wrong in expecting that we have legislation lined up after seven plus years of obstructing Obama and criticizing the ACA.”
Well in the words of a former president, “that dog doesn’t hunt,” and has not played well with Trump’s most ardent supporters on Fox News and Fox Business.
Last night, Lou Dobbs started the hate fest by coining a “Ditch Mitch” term in a tweet that labeled the KY senator as “Lazy McConnell.” Then today, in a rare early morning and remarkably nasty tweet, Sean Hannity upped the critical ante by calling Mitch McConnell a “WEAK, SPINELESS leader,” who “needs to RETIRE.” (Note to Hannity: good call on the ALL CAPS.)
This morning, President Trump’s favorite cable news show, Fox & Friends got into the act in a roughly three minute pile-on that ended with Brian Kilmeade exasperatedly saying of the Senate Majority Leader “what an embarrassment!” Uh, oh Mitch. You just angered the Holy Trinity of Fox News Trump supporters!
Ronald Reagan’s “Eleventh Commandment” states “thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republican,” which seems a relevant dictum in the eroding relationship between Capitol Hill Republicans and the White House. And McConnell drew blood by besmirching the judgement of President Trump. But the Fox News trio of Trump supporters are also flouting Reagan’s guidance as well, perhaps signaling a larger GOP civil war at play.
Watch the clip above, courtesy of Fox News.
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