The Republican lawmakers in Washington who have no trouble going toe to toe with President Trump are usually those who have announced their retirement. These GOP politicians no longer have anything to lose, so they feel liberated to go after the litany of White House controversies.
Republicans that are leaving are going after the President meaning they are actually cowards. I mean seriously it’s easy to bash a person when you are walking out the door, and they lack the guts to stand and fight for what they believe in. Even if you disagree with the President stand and fight for what you believe in, but not these people they are crying like four years olds as they walk out the door.
Rep. Ryan Costello (Pa.) is the most recent GOP lawmaker to jump ship as a congressman. He said that his frustrations with the Trump administration helped him make the decision.
“I always thought I was freewheeling, but I think I’ve become a little bit more freewheeling,” Costello said. He continued to discuss how his attitude has already shifted in the nearly two weeks since he announced his retirement. “It’s a little bit less stressful.”
A number of Republicans have announced their retirement the last several months. The party is getting ready for a tough midterm election in November. There is a total of almost two dozen House Republicans retiring and four GOP senators are doing the same.
The reasons for leaving are varied, from expiring chairmanships to family and personal reasons. But some are citing this reason: Trump. They maintain the unconventional president has brought anxiety to an already tense job.
“It’s exhausting,” centrist Rep. Charlie Dent (R-Pa.) said. “What we’ve gotten out of the administration is all this disruption, and it’s very destabilizing.” Dent has now become one of the most vocal critics of the president.
Last week, Dent told The Associated Press that Trump’s “lack of impulse control” is cause for concern.
“The spontaneity and lack of impulse control are areas of concern for lots of members on both sides of the aisle,” Dent said. “Disorder, chaos, instability, uncertainty, intemperate statements are not conservative virtues in my opinion.”
Dent said that his comments about Trump make people on both sides of the aisle mad at him. Conservatives say he is betraying the party, while liberals say Dent’s condemnation doesn’t go far enough.
“Too many people on both sides want you to set yourself on fire for them, and when you do, they complain the temperature of the flame isn’t hot enough,” he said. “That gets old.”
Costello has unloaded on Trump in a series of interviews in the media since his retirement announcement. He said he believes Trump had an extramarital affair with adult-film actress Stormy Daniels and he criticized the president for threatening to veto a government spending bill.
“I think she is,” Costello replied after MSNBC’s Katy Tur asked if he believed Daniels.
“Whether it’s [Trump’s alleged affair with] Stormy Daniels, or passing an omnibus spending bill that the president threatens to veto after promising to sign, it’s very difficult to move forward in a constructive way today,” Costello said.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), who announced nearly a year ago that she would not seek reelection, has never been afraid to speak her mind. But recently, Ros-Lehtinen has become one of just three Republicans to call on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) head Scott Pruitt to resign. She has also challenged the Trump administration to add a citizenship question to the 2020 census and she slammed Trump’s reported comments calling Haiti, El Salvador and African countries “sh*thole” nations. She called the remarks “reprehensible” and “racist.”
Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has raised some eyebrows from his conservative peers because of his intense comments about the president. He is a major critic of Hillary Clinton and is leading an investigation into alleged bias at the FBI. But he recently said this to the president publicly, “When you are innocent, act like it.”
Gowdy, a fierce defender of Robert Mueller’s investigation, said that Trump’s attacks on the Justice Department are “not helpful.” He also broke ranks with other GOP leaders who said there wasn’t enough evidence to prove Russian President Vladimir Putin preferred Trump during the 2016 presidential election.
And in the senate, Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) continue to be consistent Trump critics. As Flake delivered his retirement announcement from the senate floor, he blasted Trump.
“Reckless, outrageous and undignified behavior has become excused as telling it like it is when it is actually just reckless, outrageous and undignified,” Flake said. “And when such behavior emanates from the top of our government, it is something else. It is dangerous to a democracy.”
Ros-Lehtinen took the stage at the Washington Press Club Foundation’s annual congressional dinner and had this to say about her speech:
“I’ve always spoken my mind whether I was running for re-election or not, but retirement did free me up to do the Washington Press Club Foundation speech, where some said I was actually funny!”
She continued: “However, it was a one night only show and I won’t be trying my luck at that again.”
In that speech, she even went after Trump’s alleged hairpiece: “I know what the problem is: we really haven’t seen the long form birth certificate of [Trump’s] hair piece. That would put you all at ease.” And she also quipped that she was going to write a book about dealing with the “orange monster underneath my bed.”
CNN’s Dana Bash said after the dinner, “Whoever decided to pick somebody that is retiring: good call.”
Credit: The Hill