“Misery acquaints a man with strange bedfellows” is a line taken from The Tempest, a play by William Shakespeare. The words are spoken by a man who has been shipwrecked and finds himself seeking shelter beside a sleeping monster.
If Shakespeare were writing his play today, it would be the perfect story to describe the relationship between Mitch McConnell, a man whose “leadership” of the GOP could be described as a shipwreck, and Donald Trump as the monster he choses to shack-up with to survive.
Mickey and Trump became bedmates, politically speaking, following a recommitment ceremony in the Rose Garden in the fall of 2017. The castrated Kentuckian and the NY Liberal each wrote their own vows:
“Long before the world of politics. Early into his world of politics. We have been friends for a long time and probably now despite what we read, we are probably now, I think, as far as I’m concerned closer than ever before . . . The relationship is very good. We are fighting for the same thing.” – Donald Trump
“We have the same agenda. We’ve been friends and acquaintances for a long time. We talk frequently. We don’t give you a readout every time we have a conversation, but frequently we talk on the weekends about the issues that are before us.” – Mitch McConnell
Since their special day, Trump and McConnell have worked hand-in-hand to reach their Far-Left socialist agenda wrapped up as Nationalist Conservatism, including GOP-branded paid family leave, a GOP-branded Green New Deal, GOP-branded government-run healthcare, and GOP-branded gun control.
Facing an uncertain re-election, these strange bedfellows are hitching their political destinies to each other. Trump has endorsed McConnell, saying the Kentucky senator is needed to “Keep America Great.”
….Why would Kentucky ever think of giving up the most powerful position in Congress, the Senate Majority Leader, for a freshman Senator with little power in what will hopefully be the minority party. We need Mitch in the Senate to Keep America Great!!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 10, 2019
At a recent Kentucky rally where McConnell was forced to shout to be heard over a mob of protesters, he proclaimed his love for Trump saying, “In Washington, President Trump and I are making America great again.”
Unfortunately, just like his (political) significant other, Mickey has little to show that makes him worthy of re-election, which is why he and the rest of the GOP are recycling their 2016 campaign lies for 2020.
Their lack of accomplishments is also behind McConnell’s attempt to use socialism as a fear-mongering tool to convince voters to choose Republicans as a “firewall against socialism.” And he promised to be the “Grim Reaper” for Far-Left socialism. While Mickey likes to revel in his self-declared status as the death of socialism, he and the GOP are directly responsible for its rising popularity — a reality growing in significance following the recent mass shootings.
Trump and a number of Republican senators are pushing for new-gun control measures only dreamed of under Obama.
Trump has introduced a list of liberty-killing gun-control proposals reminiscent of what we saw post-9/11, Lindsey Graham has reached a bipartisan agreement on his measure to federalize red flag laws, and Marco Rubio is pushing the Threat Assessment, Prevention, and Safety (TAPS) Act. TAPS is essentially a kind of “pre-crime” law giving government the authority to predict the likelihood of someone committing a crime using a firearm and then denying them the right to own one in order to prevent the crime.
How will Trump’s love interest in the Senate respond to these new gun-control proposals? It’s all but a done deal. “What we can’t do is fail to pass something,” McConnell said in an interview last week. “The urgency of this is not lost on any of us.”
“Urgency.” That’s the secret love-language used by Trump and McConnell to say “We have an election coming up, so damn the Constitution. Full speed ahead.”
David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative.
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