Former President Donald Trump ripped into Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) on Wednesday for “folding” to Democrats.
Trump’s statement came after McConnell inexplicably decided to offer Democrats a deal that will delay a default on our national debt, as The Hill reported.
Writing Wednesday, Trump said:
Looks like Mitch McConnell is folding to the Democrats, again. He’s got all of the cards with the debt ceiling, it’s time to play the hand. Don’t let them destroy our country!
An olive branch
The same day, The Hill reported that McConnell had extended an olive branch to congressional Dems as a deadline to raise the federal debt ceiling closed in.
“To protect the American people from a near-term Democrat-created crisis, we will…allow Democrats to use normal procedures to pass an emergency debt limit extension at a fixed dollar amount to cover current spending levels into December,” McConnell said, according to The Hill.
It’s the latest evidence that McConnell is willing to back down to Dems for little in return. To be frank, he should have been thrown out of power years ago.
Weak and spineless
Indeed, McConnell is the definition of a weak and spineless Republican. As Trump said, the Kentucky senator holds all the cards, and yet he is reaching out to Democrats to cut a deal.
According to reports, McConnell’s deal will allow Democrats to continue the nation’s borrowing authority for the next two months. Essentially, McConnell is kicking the debt limit issue down the road, and hoping to deal with this problem later.
But Trump isn’t letting him slide.
“The way I look at it, what the Democrats are proposing, on so many different levels, will destroy our country,” the former president said in early September, as The Hill reported. “Therefore, Republicans have no choice but to do what they have to do, and the Democrats will have no choice but to concede all of the horror they are trying to inflict upon the future of the United States.”
Time for budget cuts
At the end of the day, the answer to the debt ceiling isn’t to keep raising it. The nation is trillions of dollars in debt already, and the Republican Party — which claims to be fiscally responsible — is failing to seize a huge opportunity to cut back.
The time is now to send the message to Democrats that if they want to spend more money, they must cut spending elsewhere. McConnell should be holding the line on this one, and if he doesn’t, it might be time to think about putting up a new leader for the GOP in Congress’ upper chamber.