Charlie Rood: G.O.P. Leaders Continue to be just O.P.

(Charlie Rood)

With the GOP in power, nothing happens in Congress unless the GOP is on board.   For party supporters, that’s been the problem.   President Trump, a majority in the Senate, and a majority in the House, seemed to be the equation for success.   Instead, it’s been a recipe for failure.   The Grand Old Party is anything but grand.   It’s an Old Party of leadership that seems more concerned about political imagery than results.

Imagery tied to President Trump, of course.   Has President Trump made it easy?   No, but he is the president.   Not that you would know it by the way the GOP has been more of a hindrance than help.

I find this story another example of GOP leadership doing more to work against President Trump than work with him.  What do you think?   I introduce the story with extreme sarcasm (and I follow up with comments after)

I must salute the intestinal fortitude of our lawmakers in Washington.   To display such courage casting a vote for this resolution is almost unprecedented.   This kind of tough, gut-wrenching decision, is why we send our lawmakers to Washington in the first place. How can anyone doubt what Congress is doing now? I say a 100% approval rating should be recognized now!   I say that regarding this story from the New York Times about the House and Senate unanimously approving a joint resolution urging President Trump to denounce racist and anti-Semitic hate groups.

WASHINGTON — The House and Senate have unanimously passed a joint resolution urging President Trump to denounce racist and anti-Semitic hate groups, sending a blunt message of dissatisfaction with the president’s initial, equivocal response to the white nationalist violence in Charlottesville, Va., last month.

The resolution passed the Senate without dissent on Monday and was approved without objection by the entire House on Tuesday night. It could be sent to the White House for Mr. Trump’s signature as early as Wednesday.

A White House spokeswoman did not immediately answer a request for comment.

The nonbinding measure specifically singles out for condemnation “White nationalists, White supremacists, the Ku Klux Klan, neo-Nazis, and other hate groups.” That represents a sharp contrast to the president’s first comments after the deadly early August demonstrations in which he assigned equivalent blame for the violence on anti-fascist counter-protesters.

Mr. Trump denounced “hatred, bigotry and violence — on many sides” and argued that many of the protesters who staged a torchlight march to protest the removal of a statue of Robert E. Lee from the University of Virginia campus were “very fine people.”

One of the counterprotesters, Heather Heyer, 32, was killed when a white nationalist demonstrator drove a car into a crowd. Two Virginia State troopers died when their helicopter crashed while monitoring the violence that swept through the usually sedate college town.

The House version of the resolution, introduced by Republican and Democratic House members from Virginia, asks Mr. Trump to “use all resources available to the President and the President’s Cabinet to address the growing prevalence of those hate groups in the United States.”

In a rare show of bipartisan unity, Speaker Paul D. Ryan of Wisconsin and Senator Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, the majority leader, introduced the measure as a joint resolution, which requires a presidential signature. Two Republican congressional aides involved in the process said the intent was to put the president on the record calling out white racism by name.

The text doesn’t include any reference to counterprotesters.

It also calls on Attorney General Jeff Sessions to “investigate thoroughly all acts of violence, intimidation, and domestic terrorism by White supremacists, White nationalists, neo-Nazis, the Ku Klux Klan, and associated groups” and to “improve the reporting of hate crimes” to the F.B.I.

“What happened in Charlottesville was an act of domestic terrorism perpetrated by a white supremacist, one that tragically cut short the life of a young woman, Heather Heyer, who was speaking out against hatred and bigotry,” Senator Mark Warner, Democrat of Virginia and a co-sponsor of the measure, said in a statement. “We will be pressing our colleagues to swiftly and unanimously approve this resolution in order to send a strong message that the United States Congress unconditionally condemns racist speech and violence.”

He has to denounce again?  And officially?  C’mon, everyone condemns these groups (except members of these groups).  You don’t need a presidential signed resolution.

This is a reason Republicans in Congress are frustrating President Trump supporters and the party in general.  Essentially, the leaders are throwing the president under the bus by revisiting a situation the president got through, thanks to no support from his party in the first place.

What about “antifa” as a hate group?  Or Berkeley College for shutting down free speech?

This is what Congress is working on, specifically the Republicans? You can’t get health care done. You can’t get tax reform done. But you can pass a no brainer resolution.   Which we should expect from a GOP led legislature that continues to display it has no brains.

Once again, the GOP is an OP powerless in power.

(you can hear this discussion with Charlie, Dave, and Art on the WSGW Morning Team Show)

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