In just a few short weeks, Donald Trump will no longer be the president. He will, no doubt, still be a major problem for Republicans, he will just be a problem with much less power. And with that reality in mind, many more Republicans are willing to speak out against the president.
This problematic behavior was on full display this week when Trump threatened to torpedo a stimulus bill which passed through the House and Senate. Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey said Sunday that if the president goes through with his plans, he’ll just be remembered for erratic behavior and chaos.
Toomey made the comments during an appearance on Fox News Sunday. “You don’t get everything you want, even if you’re president of the United States,” he said. “I think the COVID relief measures are really, really important. In my state, as in many other states, we have governors who are closing down businesses again.”
The lawmaker continued, “[if Trump doesn’t sign] he’ll be remembered for chaos and misery and erratic behavior if he allows this to expire. I understand the president would like to send bigger checks to everybody …I think what he ought to do is sign this bill and then make the case. I don’t agree with $2,000 to people who have had no lost income whatsoever, but the president’s free to make that case.”
The Pennsylvania senator was also asked about Trump’s controversial pardon of Paul Manafort. He told the host, “It is legal, it is constitutional but I think it’s a misuse of the power.”
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.