Since Donald Trump took office in January, Democratic opposition to his policy goals has been fierce. Aided by their media allies, Democrats have succeeded in stalling or obstructing Trump’s agenda on multiple occasions. Sadly, this state of affairs shows no signs of ending anytime soon.
Of course, Democrats aren’t the only obstacle getting in the way of Trump’s success. Oftentimes, Republicans have been even a bigger thorn in the president’s side. At a time when the party requires unity, Republicans have helped stall major reforms like the repeal of Obamacare. In the process, many Republicans have abandoned the promises they’ve been making to voters for years.
Shockingly, the lack of Republican support for the president goes all the way to the top leadership of the party. Despite attempting to appear supportive of Trump’s agenda, House Speaker Paul Ryan has been unable to enact any meaningful legislation.
For many Republicans who support Trump, the gridlock at the top of the party is a major cause of frustration. In fact, one such Congressman revealed in a recent interview how Paul Ryan has been secretly encouraging members to abandon Trump since the election.
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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan advised Republicans to run away from candidate Donald Trump before the election in order to save themselves and hold a future-President Hillary Clinton accountable, Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas revealed in an exclusive video interview with The Daily Caller New Foundation.
“Are you crazy? We haven’t held anyone accountable. You haven’t even let us hold the IRS commissioner accountable [for using government power to harm President Obama’s political adversaries],” an astonished Gohmert said to the speaker on a call.
Gohmert said his main goal is to see the party succeed:
Gohmert told TheDCNF he speaks so courageously because he wants the party to succeed and is appreciative of the prayers sustaining him. He struggles to find joy as he watches government leaders run from doing what is best for the nation at this critical time.
“We don’t want to go down in history as the generation that was fine with making the future for our kids much worse than we had it,” he said.
However, some within the party have caved to the media firestorm surrounding Trump, instead opting to go back on their promises to the American people. As a result, party members have put short-term political considerations ahead of the long-term health of the country. Unfortunately, that attitude goes all the way up to the top.
[Note: This post was authored by Michael Lee. Follow him on Twitter @UAMichaelLee]