The conservative Wall Street Journal is warning President Donald Trump that his insistence on $2,000 coronavirus stimulus payments could well cost Republicans control of the U.S. Senate.
The Journal notes that Trump’s repeated demand for $2,000 instead of $600 per American has placed Congressional Republicans in a no-win situation:
“Senate Republicans oppose the $2,000 for these sound reasons, but Mr. Trump has put them in a political spot. Democrats immediately joined Mr. Trump’s call for the $2,000, and on Monday they passed the larger amount through the House, 275-134.”
A vote on the measure — which is expected in the Senate over the next few days — could potentially be a losing issue for the two Georgia Senators seeking reelection in runoffs which will be held on January 5:
“That leaves (Senate Majority Leader Mitch) McConnell with a tough call of barring a vote as Democrats bang away in TV ads in Georgia against GOP incumbents David Perdue and Kelly Loeffler. Or he can hold a vote, which would split the GOP caucus and upset fiscally conservative voters.”
If Perdue and Loeffler continue to slip in the polls against their Democratic rivals, Jon Ossoff and Rev. Raphael Warnock, that could well lead to a big win for the Democrats which would leave the Senate split 50-50, with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris serving as the tiebreaking vote on any legislation or nominations which come before the upper chamber of Congress.
Trump is reportedly angry that most Congressional Republicans aren’t willing to endorse his bizarre, unproven conspiracy theories about the 2020 presidential election being stolen from him. So now he’s looking for ways to punish the GOP as he prepares to leave office on January 20.
But Republicans have no one to blame but themselves. They could have cut Trump loose a long time ago and minimized the damage. Instead, they chose to embrace Trump and enable him every step of the way.
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