One of the biggest benefits of having President Trump in office has been his ability to sift out the true conservatives from the RINOs.
Rep. Dave Trott (R-MI) is the latest Republican member of Congress to announce he won’t be seeking reelection in 2018. In an interview with CNBC, Rep. Trott said he considers President Trump a “factor” in his decision not to run.
Of the President, Trott said “We have different styles and I sometimes don’t understand some of the things he does and says.”
He blamed the President for extreme partisanship in Congress. “It’s a very partisan environment and I think that problem has been exacerbated under President Trump” Trott stated.
The Michigan Congressman pointed to the violence at Charlottseville in August as an instance in which he believes President Trump worsened problems. He’s also not a fan of the President’s leadership style.
“The president blamed the Senate” on health care,” Trott reminisced. “I’m not sure [President Ronald] Reagan would have had a problem with the Senate.”
But Trott admitted that President Trump is not the only one responsible for the issues plaguing Congress:
“[It’s] just not the right time for me to be in Washington. We’re not that productive and that certainly isn’t just a consequence of President Trump. They weren’t that productive before he ever got there.”
Trott is a first-term Congressman. He owns a law firm and has other business interests in his home state of Michigan.
With his retirement, Trott joins the ranks of several GOP lawmakers who are choosing to step aside rather than risk going into debt in a race they would wind up losing.
Other prominent figures who have said they will not seek reelection include Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ) and Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), both of whom have feuded publicly with the President.
Sen. Jeff Flake(y), who is unelectable in the Great State of Arizona (quit race, anemic polls) was caught (purposely) on “mike” saying bad things about your favorite President. He’ll be a NO on tax cuts because his political career anyway is “toast.”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2017
Conservatives are cheering at what many consider to be a purging of the party.
Glad he’s leaving
— Melissa H (@sportsmom9433) November 20, 2017
It’s all swamp to swamp creatures.
— Right Wing Warriors (@JerretGardner) November 21, 2017
Interesting how some swamp creatures just leave when you destroy their habitat.?
— Shelly (@Shelgas) November 21, 2017
Was it because the gravy train is ending or he wants out before his misbehavior is exposed? Either you run for the people or you don’t. Trumps for the people so…
— FriendlyJan ? (@FriendlyJMC) November 21, 2017
Why are they all leaving? Corker, Flake, I forget the whole list…Now Trott.. Is the swamp draining itself?
— ?Proud Deplorable? (@RuntotheRight) November 21, 2017
— michael leader (@leader0215) November 21, 2017