AGAINST the guy who they have and will continue to support…
With their hold on the Senate to be decided in an election five months away, Republicans will need the votes of suburban and independent voters if they hope to retain seats in states such as Colorado, Arizona, North Carolina and Maine. In a sign of how lawmakers view the political landscape, moderate Democrats in conservative-leaning districts emphatically rejected Mr. Trump’s response to the protests in Washington, suggesting that they see little sympathy for the president’s approach among their constituents.
Despite Mr. Trump anointing himself “your president of law and order,” many Senate Republicans have adopted a much less bellicose attitude, emphasizing the need to get at the root causes of the upheaval — racial discrimination and a well-established pattern of excessive use of force by the police — rather than targeting protesters.
“You can understand the outrage,” Senator Mitch McConnell, the Kentucky Republican and majority leader, said Tuesday about the national anguish over Mr. Floyd’s killing. Mr. McConnell, whose hometown, Louisville, was in turmoil over Mr. Floyd’s death and recent episodes involving the police in Kentucky, said the grievances were legitimate and he did not dispute the role racism played in the events.
“There is no question that there is residual racism in America,” he told reporters. “No question about that. It has been a longtime dilemma, and we all wish we could get to a better place.”
But when Mr. Schumer tried to force action on a symbolic resolution to condemn both the violence and Mr. Trump’s actions, Mr. McConnell objected, chiding Democrats for pushing a measure that he said addressed neither justice for black Americans nor “peace for our country in the face of looting.”
“Instead, it just indulges in the myopic obsession with President Trump that has come to define the Democratic side,” Mr. McConnell said.
Still, other Republicans joined in the criticism of Mr. Trump…..
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