McConnell thinks Trump’s expectations are ‘extremely irritating’
Albino prune Mitch McConnell gave a speech to the Rotary Club in Kentucky on Monday about how Donald Trump is too much of a rookie to understand how Congress works. The Senate Majority Leader is frustrated with the president’s impatience.
“I know everybody’s saying we’ve been there and haven’t done anything, which I find extremely irritating,” McConnell said. “A Congress goes on for two years and part of the reason I think that the storyline is that we haven’t done much is because in part the president and others have set these early timelines about things need to be done by a certain point.”
It was nice of Mitch to add “and others” to the list of people publicly setting deadlines for Congress, but he’s obviously talking about Trump, which he makes clear in his next sentence.
“Now our new president has, of course, not been in this line of work before and I think had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process,” McConnell said. “So part of the reason I think people feel like we’re underperforming is because too many artificial deadlines unrelated to the reality of the complexity of the legislative may not have been fully understood.”
McConnell’s speech came a day before CNN learned that GOP financiers have withheld at least $2 million in pledged donations to the National Republican Senatorial Committee in response to the Senate’s failure to repeal and replace Obamacare. Obviously McConnell’s loyalty lies with his party’s patrons rather than his constituents, but it’s telling that the majority leader seems to think the takeaway from Trumpcare’s stall is that POTUS needs to stop applying unreasonable public pressure on Congress, rather than that Congress needs to push legislation that doesn’t prompt Americans with disabilities to subject themselves to violent arrests outside his office in an attempt to protect their health insurance.
Always fun to hear Republican leadership talk about the president like he’s an idiot, though.
[screenshot: ABC News]