Mercedes Sch­lapp

The Washington Times Weekly - - Commentary -

Reach­ing the 200-day mark of his pres­i­dency, Don­ald Trump is get­ting re­sis­tance not just from the Democrats and their en­ablers in the lib­eral me­dia, but from mem­bers of his own party who refuse to give the pres­i­dent a ma­jor leg­isla­tive vic­tory.

The seven Se­nate Repub­li­cans who re­fused to vote for a straight Oba­macare re­peal bill dur­ing the health care de­bate broke a prom­ise to the Amer­i­can peo­ple while join­ing the re­sis­tance to their own pres­i­dent. Their de­fec­tions com­pletely stalled the health care re­form process in Congress, even as in­sur­ance com­pa­nies con­tinue to exit the in­di­vid­ual in­sur­ance mar­kets in coun­ties and states around the coun­try.

Now comes the news that a num­ber of GOP se­na­tors have been trav­el­ing to bat­tle­ground states and test­ing the wa­ters to run for pres­i­dent in 2020 against Mr. Trump. The New York Times even made the out­ra­geous sug­ges­tion that Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence was him­self was pre­par­ing for a pos­si­ble 2020 run against the man who se­lected him.

Ever the loyal lieu­tenant, Mr. Pence de­nounced the story as “dis­grace­ful and of­fen­sive to me, my fam­ily, and our en­tire team. The al­le­ga­tions in this ar­ti­cle are cat­e­gor­i­cally false and rep­re­sent just the lat­est at­tempt by the me­dia to di­vide this

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