Donald Trump told an Obama lie on CBS’s Face The Nation that will lead to the destruction of the Republican Party if members of Congress follow his advice.
Transcript via Face The Nation:
DICKERSON: John Boehner, after he announced that he was resigning, said that there were false prophets in the Republican Party.
And I’m quoting. He said: “These false prophets are whipping people into a frenzy believing they can accomplish things that they know are never going to happen.”
He’s kind of talking about you.
TRUMP: I don’t think so. But, first of all, I know. I like him on a personal basis. But I do think they should be tougher.
But here’s the problem. When he says false prophets, you cannot win when you have a group of 25 or 30 percent on this side, and you have a group of 70 percent on this side saying, we’re never going along with the 30 percenters who want more. That’s what is happening.
And every time I watch it, I say, it’s so sad, because if they were really unified and they took that 30 percent stance, assuming they wanted to really make changes and do it right, and cut the budget, cut the deficit, do things that they should be doing, if they took that group, and if everybody was unified, Obama would fold.
But there’s no reason for him to ever fold, because he knows that a big proportion, a vast majority of the Republicans are on his side.
The lie that Trump is pushing is that if Republican shut down the government or refuse to raise the debt ceiling, President Obama will cave, but history makes it clear that this President doesn’t cave to Republican demands.
In 2013, Republicans shut down the government, and Obama didn’t cave. In 2014, Republicans demanded spending cuts in exchange for raising the debt ceiling. Obama said no, and Republicans caved and gave him a one-year clean increase in the debt limit. Going as far back as 2011, President Obama has beaten Republicans on government shutdowns and raising the debt ceiling.
Donald Trump is selling the Republican myth of “weak Obama” to GOP voters. The problem is that the real Obama is tough as nails and continues to stare down Republicans and make them blink.
Trump is telling Republicans to refuse to raise the debt ceiling and to shut down the government. This is the worst possible strategy that Republicans could follow. It will lead to their party’s destruction. Donald Trump is pushing a lie about President Obama that makes Republicans feel good. The problem is that the lie is also the root of why Republicans continue to be defeated by the President at every turn.
Trump continues to lead the Republican primary, and if the party follows his advice, it will burn itself to the ground.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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