On August 7, 1974, U.S. Senator Barry Goldwater (R-AZ), U.S. Senate Minority Leader Hugh Scott (R-PA), and U.S. House Minority Leader John Rhodes (R-AZ), all Republicans, traveled to the White House to tell President Richard Nixon that he had lost the support of Congressional Republicans and should consider resigning for the good of the country. Nixon announced his resignation the next evening, effective at noon on August 9, 1974. Current House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarty (R-CA) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY) might soon have to make the same call, choosing country over party and asking the leader of your political party to resign for the good of the country and party. Republicans made the right call 42 years ago and saved the whole party from being labeled an accomplice in the Watergate scandal. Will Republicans make the right call once again?
The silence among Congressional Republicans on Trump is deafening. The Republican Party and Trump both ran on a platform that promised “law and order”. The party now can’t stay silent after making such a bold pledge. The Republican-controlled House & Senate have continuously dragged their feet when it comes to obtaining documents in the Trump/Russia investigation. It is baffling that Congressional Republicans would want to prolong an investigation like that. I think all Americans would like to give our President the benefit of the doubt on all of this, but Trump has went out of his way since taking the oath of office to erode his credibility with the American people. This is the same guy who lied about his crowd size on Inauguration Day and made a baseless claim that President Obama wiretapped Trump Tower.
All of Trump’s problems are self-inflicted and he has only himself to blame. Trump requested that Former FBI Director James Comey drop his investigation into Michael Flynn, it just wasn’t the action an innocent man would take. I refuse to believe that Trump wouldn’t want the investigation to go forward if he was innocent. Trump being found innocent on the Russia investigation would not only make the media look bad but also Democrats. Trump would never skip on an opportunity to make his two biggest enemies both look stupid and it would be a major personal and political win for Trump and Republicans. Trump could spend 2018 and 2020 gloating about the false accusations Democrats and the media made on him, but there is something to this odd Russian connection that runs deep in this White House.
A paranoid man in the White House almost took down the Republican Party in the 1970’s and now history is repeating itself. The Republican Party can’t wait for Trump to possibly be found guilty to disown him. It will already be too late and in doing so they will be letting down the country and every Republican voter. It takes courage to standup to the leader of your party but this is the action the GOP must take. We need more Republicans like John Kasich and less lap dogs. The Republicans need to stop thinking of short-term benefits they can achieve by appeasing Trump and start thinking long-term, and I’m not talking 2018 or 2020. I’m talking about the 2020’s and 2030’s. History, Millennials, and future generations will remember what Republicans are doing now. Do they side with America or do they side with a President with a historically low approval rating occurring after only four months.