The Republican rebellion against Trump is growing as Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA) placed a hold on two Trump nominations over the IG firings.
Im placing holds on 2 Trump Admin noms until I get reasons 4firing 2 agency watchdogs as required by law Not 1st time ive raised alarm when admins flout IG protection law Obama did same& got same earfull from me All I want is a reason 4 firing these ppl CHECKS&BALANCES
— ChuckGrassley (@ChuckGrassley) June 4, 2020
Grassley has had some growing issues with this White House involving nominations for a while, but the fact that he chose now to place a hold on two Trump nominees was not an accident. The holds came on the same day that Sen. Lisa Murkowski said that she was struggling with supporting Trump for reelection.
Some Republican Senators are rebelling against Trump as a self-preservation strategy. If Trump looks like he is going to lose to Joe Biden, Senate Republicans will begin preparing for life after Trump. Grassley’s complaint is an example of a Senator laying the groundwork for similar gripes and criticisms of a future Democratic president.
The overwhelming message in the present is that Trump is increasingly viewed as a weak incumbent who is increasingly likely to lose.
Senate Republicans don’t want Trump to take their majority down with him, so they are trying to create space between themselves and the President.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is 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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