Democrats narrowly control the House of Representatives and hold power in the Senate only because Vice President Kamala Harris can break ties. But it’s not the first time the chamber has been evenly divided.
Twenty years ago, the governing body found itself in a similar situation, although tensions between the parties weren’t nearly as high as they currently are. Now, those who were in charge then are offering those in charge now some advice on how to move forward when the GOP is still so clearly under the sway of Donald Trump.
Trent Lott, a former Republican senator from Mississippi who was Majority Leader in early 2002 when the Senate was last evenly divided, has some basic advice for those members of his party still stuck on the 2020 Presidential election and how to get things done during a time of such obvious Congressional gridlock.
“For God’s sake, talk to each other,” Lott says in a new interview with The Spectator. “And number two, quit trying to do stuff that’s hard and impossible,” Lott continued. “Do the stuff that can get done.”
Former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott (R-MS) believes Republicans need to move on from Donald Trump's fixation on the 2020 election, which was won by Joe Biden. pic.twitter.com/U7ZTJJh1la
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Lott spoke to the level of contentiousness that’s risen within the Senate in the era of Trump, referring to what he calls the “inappropriate” willingness for Senators today to take to the floor and “basically call each other names.”
I asked Lott about Trump.
“It's time to move on from the past," he told me.
More here and full interview: https://t.co/wUzi6xweH5
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As for where he stands within his own party, Lott distances himself from Trump, who continues to have a hold on most Republicans as he promotes falsehoods about the 2020 election. “You have to quit fighting the last election to get some things done before you get into the next election, for heaven’s sake,” Lott said.
With Democrats and Republicans in Congress fighting over passing major legislation, and even intra-party fighting, former Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott has a message: "quit trying to do stuff that's hard and impossible": https://t.co/eAFEyGkhtz
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“It’s time to move on from the past,” Lott added. Read the full interview here.