Everyone knew that Donald Trump would stab Reince Priebus in the back. That is, everyone except Reince Priebus.
After the way Priebus constantly kissed Trump’s ass over the last year, and especially the last six months, Republicans don’t feel sorry for him at all now that he has become the latest victim to suffer public humiliation and unemployment because of Trump.
Indeed, Priebus lied for Trump repeatedly, only to be undermined by Trump himself via Twitter or some other off the cuff remark. Priebus thought he would be a force in Trump’s White House. But he was nothing more than a punching bag whom Trump reduced to a whipping boy who was called into the Oval Office to kill flies rather than perform his duties as chief of staff.
It’s not like he wasn’t warned either. Republicans who opposed Trump knew Priebus would not be treated well. After all, Trump demands absolute loyalty, and Priebus once tried persuading him to drop out of the race after his “grab ’em by the p*ssy” remarks went public in October. It was the right thing to do, but Trump doesn’t give a damn about what’s right and wrong. He’s selfish and arrogant. Priebus should have known that Trump would never really value him.
And so, Priebus’ political career comes to a whimpering end, and his former Republican colleagues have zero sympathy for him.
“This is the bed Reince has been making for himself since he was my general counsel,” former RNC chairman Michael Steele told The Atlantic. “He’s a guy who’s always positioning himself for the next thing. Karma’s a bitch, ain’t it?”
“I see him as kind of a tragic figure,” conservative radio host Charlie Sykes said. “What began as a matter of duty on his part—the decision to go all-in on Trump—ended with this scorchingly obscene humiliation. It’s sad, but it’s the result of choices he made — it’s not like he wasn’t warned.”
“He empowered Trump again and again,” conservative writer David French wrote on Twitter. “Reince was tireless in defending, excusing, empowering, and enabling Trump.”
And Priebus is still doing exactly that despite being totally humiliated by Trump. Apparently, Priebus is in a deep denial about just how bad his party f*cked up by picking Trump as their nominee. Priebus desperately tries to justify Trump’s disastrous regime by saying ‘Well, at least Republicans control Congress and the White House.’
Except Republicans don’t really control the White House at all.
Trump has alienated traditional conservatives and moderate Republicans to the point where many of them, such as Joe Scarborough and George Will, have left the party. Trump’s approval rating is in the toilet, with only his extreme conservative base continuing to support him.
And despite controlling Congress, Republicans have failed to pass a single major piece of legislation for Trump to sign. Trump’s agenda is so poisonous that Republicans would be committing suicide by passing it. And there is no better example of this than the GOP effort to repeal Obamacare, which would strip healthcare from millions of Americans and hurt people in red states the most.
Meanwhile, Trump insults our allies, fumbles basic foreign policy, and disrespects the office he holds by exhibiting unpresidential behavior every day.
Make no mistake, Republicans don’t control the White House. Reince Priebus can sugar coat his firing all he wants, the bottom line is that he sold out his party for power and it bit him square on the ass. Now he has no job, is infamous for having the shortest tenure as chief of staff in history, and his former colleagues are laughing at him.
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