According to CNN, 19 Republican governors, congressmen, and senators have denounced President Donald Trump for his incendiary comments Tuesday afternoon on Charlottesville. The list of 19 includes: John Kasich, Marco Rubio, and John McCain.
But there are many others who have either remained mum or voiced tepid criticism. Jeffrey Toobin wonders if the party’s silence on this issue is politically calculated.
Appearing on The Situation Room Wednesday, Toobin slammed Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and the party as a whole for being wishy-washy in their response to Trump.
“Mitch McConnell said he was upset,” Toobin said. “You know, I’m upset when I can’t find a good parking place. I mean, it is the mildest kind of rebuke.”
The party of Donald Trump, in Toobin’s view, now stands for racism.
“Do you think the Republican Party will stop trying to disenfranchise African Americans like it is doing all over the country because Donald Trump said something bad?” Toobin said. “This is what the Republican Party stands for now and Donald Trump won and I don’t think his support is going to change one bit because of this.”
Toobin added that he’s not sure the party will lose votes as a result of their action — or inaction — over the past 24 hours.
“You know, I would love to live in a country where being a racist was bad politics,” Toobin said. “But you know what? We may not live in that country.”
Watch above, via CNN.
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