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TV networks can’t find any Republicans willing to defend Trump

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No one wants to talk, and the silence is deafening.

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Just about every day, the White House sinks deeper into scandal over President Donald Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey and his sharing of classified Israeli intelligence with Russian foreign officials. Meanwhile, congressional Republicans are nowhere to be found — representing a change from their normal willingness to defend the president.

Few, if any, of the lawmakers who consider Trump a political ally have responded to the latest controversies. Whereas in weeks past, many would still appear on news shows, none of them appear to be willing to answer questions on television now — even in friendly territory.

On Tuesday night, Fox News’ Bret Baier shared that the network couldn’t find a single Republican member of Congress willing to come on the air. “We have tried tonight to get Republicans to come out and talk to us,” he told his panel, “and there are not Republicans willing to go on camera tonight as of yet and we will see if that changes.”

Panelist A.B. Stoddard of RealClearPolitics chimed in, saying that she normally has no problem finding lawmakers who will talk to her, but now, “crickets.” She suggested the recent controversy is “just too much to take at this point” and Trump’s allies are “alarmed and overwhelmed.”

And Charles Krauthammer offered some insights as to why Republican lawmakers might be afraid to say anything on camera defending the President. “That is totally understandable. They’ve just watched over the last ten days people who went out on a limb on the Comey firing, and said it was the result of the memo from the deputy Attorney General, and had their limb sawed off by Donald Trump himself without a flinch and were left humiliated and contradicted.”

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Fox News was not alone. CBS This Morning — fairly neutral territory politically — asked 20 different Republican lawmakers to appear on the show Wednesday morning and couldn’t find a single taker. Likewise, no one from the White House was willing to appear on air either.

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This deafening silence doesn’t appear to be helping the Republican lawmakers because it’s implying complicity. Anyone not willing to speak out against Trump’s actions is tacitly condoning them.

The New Republic’s Brian Beutler characterized this as a continuation of the Republican strategy during most of the Obama administration. Under Obama, GOP lawmakers threatened to harm the country to avoid working with Democrats, and under Trump, they’ve tolerated the threat of harm from the White House to avoid working with Democrats. In a Twitter thread early Wednesday morning, Beutler pointed out that it’s far too late for any of these politicians to emerge as a “profiles in courage” because they all knew what they were getting when they endorsed Trump over Clinton — however reluctantly.

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Arguably, there’s no way for Republican lawmakers to respond that would qualify as a political win. All they can do is try to stop the bleeding. But first they have to have enough conviction to actually get off the sinking ship.


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