Trump Trashes GOP House Members as “cowards and weaklings” who Vote with their Feet and Leave

The reality of Members of Congress leaving before their term ends is a reality in most Congresses — it usually involves accusations of criminal behavior, health-related issues, or family concerns.

Rep. Buck (R-CO) left because he could not stand working in Congress one more minute.

Buck said he could not lie on behalf of Trump or his supporters.

However, the inflexibility of the opposition to aid for Israel, Taiwan, and Ukraine, combined with some Republican Members of Congress who refuse to accept some reforms (not every proposed reform) to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, will ultimately cause the most divisive fight, I predict, between the moderates and the conservatives yet.

When Members of Congress would instead leave than talk because the other side does not listen, does not change its mind, attacks them on social media or otherwise, effectively moves the goalposts or refuses to compromise, and gives its colleagues the middle finger, moderates have reasonably concluded that talking does not matter.

It’s what happened to former Speaker McCarthy — all of the above.

Rep. Ken Buck (R-CO) and Rep. Mike Gallagher (R-WS) are the two latest members to resign or announce they are resigning soon.

To Trump, Members of Congress who leave mid-term deserve 9/11-type language that he, Trump, will “never forget.”  Oh, and they are “cowards and weaklings.”

Trump can only be talking about former Speaker McCarthy, and Rep. Buck and Rep. Gallagher.  Rep. Gallagher was a U.S. Marine and chaired the China committee formed to fight the Communist Chinese threats, including their constant dumping of cheap fentanyl in the U.S. to kill our citizens, their non-stop ripping off of our technology and patents, on top of their Orwellian oppression of their citizens and their murky but shady roll in the Covid pandemic.

Mike Gallagher served for seven years in the U.S. Marines, including two tours in Iraq.

His experiences during these deployments contributed significantly to his expertise and perspectives on military strategy, counterterrorism, and national security policy.

Gallagher has obtained his Master of Science in Strategic Intelligence from the National Intelligence University and a Master of Arts in Security Studies from Georgetown University, and a Ph.D. in Government and International Relations from Georgetown University, where his dissertation focused on the Cold War administrations of Harry S. Truman and Dwight D. Eisenhower.

But to Trump, Gallagher is a “coward.”

So, some Republican Members of Congress have correctly concluded that talking will not change anything.

It’s like a divorce; there comes a time when talking is not enough.

The reality is that good faith attempts to get a vote on aid to Ukraine, Taiwan, and Israel have resulted in not one but two discharge petitions.

Democrats and one Republican have signed one with about 170 signatures, and some Republicans and some Democrats have signed the other, with about a dozen signatures.

Neither discharge petition has the necessary Majority of House members to force a vote on the aid without the Speaker bringing either the compromise bi-partisan bill with about 12 signatures or the predominately Democratic bill that is the Senate Ukraine aid version with about 170 signatures.

Interestingly, the one Republican who has signed the Democrat’s discharge petition is retired member Rep. Buck.  His signature is valid on the discharge petition even though he has resigned and left the U.S. House.  His signature is live on the discharge petition, that it is counts until his Rep. Buck’s replacement is sworn in after the June 25, 2024 special election in Colorado, if that Member of Congress once sworn it, takes Rep. Buck’s name off the petition.

My sense is that if there is not a vote on aid shortly after the House returns from Easter recess, this will be an extremely difficult month for the House Republicans.

The part where there are endless delays and excuses of not having a vote on aid to Ukraine, Israel and Taiwan is ending soon, one way or another.

As Rep. Bacon (R-MO) said on Meet the Press this weekend, Speaker Johnson could lose his speakership over Ukraine aid.  Rep. Bacon is a former Brigadier General of the U.S. Air Force, and this is his third term in the U.S. House.

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