Credit where it’s due: Lefty Josh Marshall published something just this morning arguing that the uneasy truce between Trump and congressional Republicans can’t last. You’re either on the Trump train, in which case you grit your teeth and provide damage control for him as needed, or you wash your hands of the presidential race. This half-pregnant thing that the GOP’s doing right now, with Paul Ryan insisting that Trump’s rhetoric is racist but that he’s still better than Hillary, sounds ridiculous.
John Cornyn’s decided to wash his hands, so don’t ask him any questions about Trump for the next. oh, five months or so, okay?
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told POLITICO on Tuesday, “I’m not going to be commenting on the presidential candidates today” — a statement that comes after recent condemnations of Trump’s attack on an American judge over his Mexican heritage and his proposal to temporarily ban Muslims from entering the country.
Senate Majority Whip John Cornyn on Tuesday went a step further than McConnell, telling POLITICO he will no longer talk about Trump until after Nov. 8.
He must have told Politico that after the Weekly Standard asked him earlier today what he thought of Trump’s comments about troops stealing reconstruction money in Iraq. “I have no earthly idea what he’s talking about,” said Cornyn, one of many Republican senators who either criticized Trump or ducked the question. Sounds like the GOP nominee taking a jab at American soldiers was the Trump-ism that finally broke Cornyn. Every pol has his limit. Who knows which one will break upon hearing that Trump also said today “If he came here, I would accept him” of … North Korean totalitarian Kim Jong-un?
Republican Larry Hogan, the governor of Maryland, told reporters today he won’t be voting for Trump in the general election but will find someone to write in. He’s staying as far away from the Trump train as he can. I wonder why.
That’s new data from the Bloomberg poll that was released yesterday finding the public’s favorability towards the GOP at its lowest mark of the Obama era. Fully 28 percent of Republicans view their party unfavorably now; 60 percent of all likely voters say nominating Trump is bad for the GOP. To gauge how sharply the party is divided, Bloomberg asked Republicans who best represents their political views: Paul Ryan, Trump, or neither? The split was … 35/31/33. That’s pretty darned split. I still think it’s a longshot that any serious “dump Trump” movement happens at the convention but now it’s more of a “down by a touchdown with the ball on your own five-yard line with two minutes left” sort of longshot instead of “down by three touchdowns.”
How’s the nominee reacting to all of this? Just as you’d expect.
Donald Trump's criticism of GOP leaders/lawmakers today is really something: pic.twitter.com/pMT67DY6LY
— Phil Mattingly (@Phil_Mattingly) June 15, 2016
Dude, I think they’re going to let him do it by himself.