But Donald Trump HAS been successful in scaring them enough so they won’t say in public how they feel in private…
And they continue to stand around with their hands in their pockets while Trump wallows around unhinging things….
Which is what he PROMISED to do to get his job….
Watergate reporter Carl Bernstein said Sunday that Republicans are coming to a “much greater consensus” that President Trump is unfit to be president following the resignation of Defense Secretary James Mattis.
Bernstein, appearing on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” said there is concern that Trump is “unfit on psychological grounds” as well as unfit “because of his contempt for the law” and because of his “conduct of foreign policy.”
“What the Mattis letter has done in a monumental way is to push Republicans into making some real judgments. They’re talking to each other, there is coming to be a much greater consensus that he is unfit to be the President of the United States,” Bernstein said….
“When President Obama ingloriously fired Jim Mattis, I gave him a second chance,” Trump wrote in a tweet on Saturday night. “Some thought I shouldn’t, I thought I should. Interesting relationship-but I also gave all of the resources that he never really had. Allies are very important-but not when they take advantage of U.S.”
Mattis had made it clear that the president did not “align” with his own “strongly held” views on the value of alliances such as NATO and the anti-ISIS coalition and standing firm against adversaries such as Russia and China.
Senate Republicans saw the president effectively force a shutdown of parts of the government over his demands for $5 billion in funding for his wall on the Mexican border, after the Senate has passed a bill without extra border funding by voice vote to keep it open.
And all of this took place as the stock market crumbled, falling in part on worries about Trump’s trade policies. Reports circulated over the weekend that the president was mulling the firing of Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell, who he has blamed for interest rate hikes.
GOP lawmakers, just more than a month after a midterm election that saw them lose the House majority, are sending public warning signs that they think the administration is headed in the wrong direction.
Rep. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), one of the House GOP lawmakers defeated in November, said that the “instability [and] chaos in our government the past few days has been particularly pronounced” in a Saturday tweet, adding that “things are not well in the USA.”
“Anybody who’s not concerned, is not watching,” said retiring Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), a frequent critic of Trump’s. “We’re all concerned.”
Criticism also came from voices who generally avoid public conflict with Trump…