GOP learns not to cross pres­i­dent

The Middletown Press (Middletown, CT) - - Obituaries/news -

Don’t cross Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

That’s the les­son be­ing learned by Repub­li­cans af­ter Trump critic and GOP Rep. Mark San­ford lost his pri­mary elec­tion in South Carolina hours af­ter the pres­i­dent tweeted that he was “very un­help­ful.”

It’s a cau­tion­ary tale for Repub­li­cans in Congress as they try to win elec­tions by show­ing loy­alty to Trump sup­port­ers while also main­tain­ing some in­de­pen­dence as mem­bers of a co-equal branch of gov­ern­ment. One wrong turn — or in San­ford’s case, many — and they could en­dure the wrath of a pres­i­dent who is quick to at­tack de­trac­tors as en­e­mies, even those from his own party. A sin­gle pres­i­den­tial tweet can doom a career.

San­ford is the sec­ond in­cum­bent House Repub­li­can to lose a pri­mary this year — and the lat­est vic­tim of in­tense di­vi­sions among the GOP in the Trump era.

The pres­i­dent took a vic­tory lap on Twit­ter early Wed­nes­day, tout­ing his suc­cess in oust­ing a foe and re­in­forc­ing, once again, that the Repub­li­can Party is Trump’s party now.

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