MSNBC’s Joy Reid took to mocking President Donald Trump for being manipulated into signing the $1.3 trillion omnibus bill, while crowing over the benefits realized by Democrats.
Reid highlighted conservative who opposed the fiscally irresponsible bill that failed to address issues important to the right, showcased Senate Minority Leader Chuck Shumer bragging about their gains and even managed to get a conservative analyst to join the pile on.
RedState editor Ben Howe appeared on Saturday’s program to suggest that Trump betrayed Republicans.
“I think we got here because Republicans for the longest time all through the election kept believing they could control this man and they don’t understand him,” Howe told a gloating Reid.
Howe is a ranking member of the Never Trump brigade who supported independent candidate Evan McMullin for president in the 2016 election. Unfortunately, McMullin proved to have little to offer, other than intense, dare we say obsessive criticism of Trump. Howe has maintained his stiff opposition to the president.
And he believes President Trump simply didn’t understand, or care what he was signing.
“What he signs, what he’s willing to sign, it has very little to do with what he wants to sign,” Howe explained. “He’ll put his name on anything, he made a whole career about plastering his name on whatever crap got put in front of him.”
“So I think when it comes to this particular situation,” he continued, “he didn’t understand that the way the Republicans had spent years and years talking about they were the fiscally responsible party, the tea party, the 2010 all the way to today, leading up to a $1.3 trillion deficit spending bill, is just such a slap in the face to everyone who claimed that we were going to bring back this fiscal responsibility.”
Howe’s analysis of the out of control spending is on the money, but he didn’t stop there.
“Congratulations to the Democrats,” he added. “They obviously understand how to control him.”
An “unhappy” Trump justified signing the monstrous spending bill that avoided a government shutdown by citing national security — the legislation does authorize a major increase in military spending.
“We’re very disappointed that in order to fund the military, we had to give up things where we consider in many cases them to be bad or them to be a waste of money,” he said at the White House. “But that’s the way unfortunately right now the system works.”
In the end, the president’s base is bitterly disappointed that he signed the bill for the reasons Reid displayed above — ironically, she touts things she adamantly opposes to jab at Trump.
The president’s supporters expect him to stand up to Washington and he came up short. The question is, will his base get over this anger and continue to support him, understanding that at his worst, Trump represents a better option than weak-kneed Republicans?
Or has Trump taken a serious hit to his political support from those who have been fiercely loyal, even in the face of the occasional ill-advised tweet?
Fellow panelist Tara Dowdell, a Democratic strategist, reiterated that Trump had “no idea what’s in the omnibus,” which drew a belly laugh from Reid. Dowdell also had a theory on why people are upset with Trump.
“I think they see that Trump is an embarrassment,” she proclaimed. “This is a clown show and this is who they banked on and they were looking for an opening and this gave them the opening where they could criticize him in a way that wouldn’t generate blowback for them.”
As for Howe, he said Trump supporters “will absolutely come back.”
“They will come back and they’ll eat right out of his hands,” he said, suggesting that there is “nothing that this man can do” that will keep major supporters away because of the “R” next to his name.
Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin rubbed it in even further in mocking the president’s base.
“They will be mad for a moment and then they will come scampering back,” she told Reid.
“Remember how they love this national security team? They were the best. They were the best. They’re gone!” she added. “Oh well, now the new guys are the best, the best, the best.”
Rubin reiterated the long-running liberal narrative that Trump supporters are hate-filled racists.
“So their attachment or anger lasts for a nano second because it’s not about any policy, it’s about giving it to the media, giving it to minorities, giving it to everybody that they hate,” she said. “This is about hate, not a belief system.”
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