Why don’t congressional Republicans stand up and defend Trump?

From: americanthinker.com,  by Tom Knepper,  on Jun 2, 2017

That sound you don’t hear is the sound of Republican senators and congresscritters rushing to the defense of Donald Trump as he comes under vicious attack from the extreme left, which is to say the Democratic Party and the fakestream media.  The question is, why don’t you hear a sound?

Very many of the Republicans in Congress probably owe their seats to Donald Trump.  No one else came close to expressing the disgust that voters felt for incumbents of both parties.  Their disgust for the R branch of the Uniparty was only marginally less than that for the D branch.  But Trump’s coattails swept many of the R-branchers into office.

Now, when he is under attack and being all but prevented from governing, his erstwhile allies are silent.  Why?  We already know that most of them are timid and that the nickname “the Stupid Party” is well deserved.  But I believe it’s more than that.  Most of the Uniparty, R branch, despise Donald Trump.  They hate him because he correctly pointed out the rigged game and the cesspool of corruption that characterizes Washington, D.C.  And R-branchers are neck-deep in that corruption, just like the D-branchers.  They too are creatures of the swamp, and they don’t like it being pointed out, and they can’t abide the thought of the swamp actually being drained.  The R-branchers have to pretend to be conservatives, but most of them despise conservatives, as was well demonstrated by John Boehner’s open contempt for the Tea Party a few years back.  The R-branchers have no principles of any kind, let alone conservative principles – unless you consider taking care of Number One a principle.

The sounds of Frank Sinatra at the Inaugural Ball had barely faded away before the insane left began beating the drums for the impeachment of Donald Trump.  Recently, that seems to have subsided, except for a few uniquely clueless demagogues like Maxine Waters.  Some say Democrats are realizing that impeachment is a hopeless cause, considering that there are no grounds and that both branches of Congress are controlled by Republicans.

Let me offer a different opinion.

Many R-branch Unipartisans want impeachment as much as the D branch, as incredible as that might seem at first.  Their hatred of Trump knows no bounds.  But they realize that Trump’s core supporters have not yet been shaken in their support.  So plans for impeachment have to be kept underground for now.  At the proper time, when Trump’s popularity has sunk sufficiently under relentless mudslinging and false allegations, they will spring the trap – “they” being both branches.  Both parties.  The elephant as well as the donkey.  There is no way impeachment could happen otherwise.  And the chance of it happening is very real.

Donald Trump needs the support of conservatives and patriotic Americans if this country as founded is to have any chance of survival.  With all his flaws, he is our last chance.  And one of the best ways we can help him is to put pressure on the spineless Republicans in high office to speak up in favor of their president.  Make them voice their support, or face the wrath of Trump voters in the next elections.  Make sure they realize that we notice their silence and are outraged by it.


I have to agree with Mr. Knepper’s last paragraph, especially his statement that, “with all his flaws, he is our last chance.” That statement may well be 100% true. Long-time readers know that I was a Ted Cruz guy and was dead set against Donald Trump, but the reality is that Trump is our president and while he is definitely not a real conservative, he has enacted more conservative policies than most of us expected. Backing out of the Paris climate change scheme is a good example and naming Neil Gorsuch is another. 

Will he survive? He’s fighting against some deadly serious foes. Not only the democrats and the “fakestream” media but many so-called Republicans as well. I’m a believer in the old saying, “don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good,” which is to say that, being realistic, Trump is likely the closest thing to a conservative that we’re going to see in 2020. I’d still prefer Cruz, but an incumbent president is all but assured the nomination and given who his probable opponents on the other side will likely be, he will be our only choice.

With that in mind, we would serve the country well if we can influence the RINOs and establishment types (who hate Trump’s guts) to lay off the negatives and get on board, lest they lose their cushy jobs when pissed off conservatives vote for someone who will cooperate instead of denigrate.



Categories: Political


4 replies

  1. Forgive me if I’m wrong for my characterization of Mr. Knepper’s essay but these posts (and I’ve seen many of them) calling for what seems to be blind allegiance to Donald Trump are very troubling to me.

    Given how divided the GOP had become I don’t think there was any candidate who would be enjoying universal support right now. If Ted Cruz had won and encountered similar resistance from within his own party, which I’m guessing he would have, I wouldn’t be out there demanding people to get on the “Cruz train” or else, as the repeated threat is from the Trumpbots. I would be spending my time and effort making the case for why the Cruz agenda was right for Americans, hoping people would board the train of their own accord. And if Jeb Bush had won all of us would be angered by any suggestion that our congressional representatives have some sort of blind duty to get on board the Jeb train.

    The Republican Party is a mess. There are those looking out for their own careers and there are those who are really democrats with an ‘R’ beside their names. On the other hand there are true conservatives trying to follow the Constitution. I would rather see the conservatives stick to their principles than fall in line behind Donald Trump so that HE can be a success. Better for America to be a success. If both can be a success, that’s fine with me too.


    • I understand what you’re saying, CW, but frankly, I’d rather have a Trump in office than Hillary or Sanders, or Biden, or Warren, etc. Four more years of Obama-lite and we may not recover.

      Considering the alternative, I’d rather cast my lot with Trump. That assumes that he will be the Republican nominee – if he’s not, a complete reconsideration is in order.


  2. Knepper nailed it with this statement – “unless you consider taking care of Number One a principle.”

    For those guys, that is indeed a principle and their top priority. They all spend such a large part of their time raising funds for the party and for their own reelection campaigns, it leaves them with very little time to do the work they were elected to do.

    The other reason they don’t stand up for Trump is because he isn’t one of them. For all his faults, Trump truly cares about the US and he’s out to make a difference. That is the direct opposite of the game they’re used to playing. He’s not bought and paid for by big corporations whose lobbyists are there throwing piles of money at him, like the rest of those guys are.


    • All valid points, Kathy. Trump isn’t like them, he isn’t beholden to a puppetmaster who has bought and paid for them by funding their elections and I’m sure that they are jealous of his support even though at times he acts like an ass.


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