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Donald Trump Surprises By Criticizing GOP Attack on Office of Congressional Ethics

Last updated on July 17th, 2023 at 09:45 pm

Last night, House Republicans took to a surprise late night session to gut the Office of Congressional Ethics and vote to place themselves in charge of policing themselves. This morning, Kellyanne Conway excused the move as being necessary because, she claimed, the OCE was too zealous in pursuing its mandate (i.e. nailing corrupt Republicans for ethics violations).

She promised that Donald Trump when “he feels the urge to weigh in” would weigh in, and he has done that, surprisingly criticizing the GOP move when there are so many more important issues to tackle:

Keep in mind, Trump is not saying that the OCE is not unfair, and in this, he is backing up Conway’s assertion this morning on the Today show. On the other hand, he appears to believe congressional Republicans are jumping the shark in making this their first act.

There is plenty of time, from Trump’s perspective, to tackle issues that do nothing to advance his own highly publicized agenda. Republicans targeted by the OCE may not agree, but Ryan himself is going to have to learn that he is himself now playing second fiddle to a needy and unpredictable reality star who craves attention.

This will certainly not be the last uncomfortable moment we see arise as a result of the uneasy relationship between congressional Republicans and the incoming administration. If Republicans thought after Obama they were getting a honeymoon with Trump, they’d better think again.

This was a reality check – albeit a toothless one – for Congress from a guy used to calling the shots. It serves as a reminder that Donald Trump thinks Donald Trump should come first, and they need to get their self-serving priorities straight and start serving Donald Trump instead.

Hrafnkell Haraldsson

Hrafnkell Haraldsson, a social liberal with leanings toward centrist politics has degrees in history and philosophy. His interests include, besides history and philosophy, human rights issues, freedom of choice, religion, and the precarious dichotomy of freedom of speech and intolerance. He brings a slightly different perspective to his writing, being that he is neither a follower of an Abrahamic faith nor an atheist but a polytheist, a modern-day Heathen who follows the customs and traditions of his Norse ancestors. He maintains his own blog, A Heathen's Day, which deals with Heathen and Pagan matters, and Mos Maiorum Foundation www.mosmaiorum.org, dedicated to ethnic religion. He has also contributed to NewsJunkiePost, GodsOwnParty and Pagan+Politics.

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