President Trump has attacked his party members countless times with fallacious insults, often on Twitter and after 2am. However, not many of them have attacked back with much success. This brings about the question that has been on Democrats’ minds for a long time: When will the Republican Party say enough is enough? I predict that if a large tax cut is not passed into law within the next year, Donald Trump will lose the support of a substantial amount of Republicans.
When Trump first entered the political scene, he sought to prove that Barack Obama had not been born in the United States. No one in the Republican Party denounced him, and no conservative called him a racist; instead, they all allowed him to spew lies about how his investigators in Hawaii were finding amazing and incriminating evidence about Obama. Then, their rationale was “He isn’t hurting us with this phony investigation; he actually may even be helping us, so why denounce him?”
When he started campaigning by calling Mexican rapists; not many condemned. When he started winning primaries, the establishment dismissed his xenophobic rhetoric and waited for the sensible Republicans to sway the tide against him. When the Access Hollywood Tapes were released, some Republicans condemned him, but most still voted for him. I could go on, but not until this week did two Republicans Senators really stand up to him and call for others to do the same. Neither Bob Corker of Tennessee and Jeff Flake of Arizona are running for reelection; maybe that’s why both have had very harsh words for Trump recently. Corker called the White House “an adult daycare” and Flake spoke on the Senate Floor denouncing this president as a threat to our democracy. Of course, both Senators more or less share a legislative agenda with Trump. For example, they both voted to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act.
Both also mentioned that many other prominent Republicans feel just as concerned about the president; however, they are too scared to voice this. The typical constituent usually votes on the economy, which is booming, so why create disunity and attack the President? This is the Republican mindset as of now: they all know Trump is highly unqualified and dangerous, but they also know he can help them lower taxes.
At the Republican Convention, Ted Cruz advised people to vote their conscience. Today, it looks to me like politicians and voters alike vote their pocket books first. This brings me back to my original point: if tax reform gets passed, other prominent Republicans will not join Flake and Corker in rebellion of Trump, and this madness will continue. Of course, for the millions of Americans about to lose their healthcare, this rebellion may arrive too late.

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