Advertisement

Opinion: Republicans know Trump is only pretending to be one of them

Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) attends a luncheon with other GOP senators and President Trump on July 19 at the White House.
Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) attends a luncheon with other GOP senators and President Trump on July 19 at the White House.
(Pablo Martinez Monsivais / Associated Press)

To the editor: Doyle McManus errs by claiming that “anti-Trump” Republicans, whatever that term means, have only one of three strategies: accommodate, retire or fight. (“Anti-Trump Republicans have three options — but only one can save their party,” Opinion, Oct. 29)

In fact, Republicans have another strategy: So long as President Trump pretends to be one of them, Republicans will pretend to support him.

When the president delivers on “traditional Republican priorities,” which includes cultural issues like standing for the national anthem, he is supported. When he breaks his agreements, he is hammered, and rightfully so. That transactional relationship is as applicable to Vice President Mike Pence as it is to Sen. John McCain of Arizona.

No one trusts this president, a man who has been consistently unfaithful to just about everyone around him and has already thrown Reince Priebus, Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions and Stephen K. Bannon under the bus.

Advertisement

The president may long to be adored, but Republicans will judge him on deliverables.

Nathan Wirtschafter, Encino

..

To the editor: Sad. Shameful.

Advertisement

McManus points out only one viable alternative that GOP members will not take: Call out Trump’s behavior. Looks like they’d rather keep their jobs and, in the process, lose democracy and this nation. What happened to courage and integrity?

We are faced with a man who bullies, lies, refuses counsel and surrounds himself with those who would only stroke his ego. All it takes for evil to exist is for a few good people to do nothing. How can the GOP want a temporary “win” on healthcare or a dubious tax plan that adds to our deficit?

On Republicans’ selfish watch, we have entered the twilight zone. I am afraid for all of us.

Eileen Elvins, Dana Point

Advertisement

Follow the Opinion section on Twitter @latimesopinion and Facebook.


Advertisement
Advertisement