It’s interesting that under former President Donald Trump, traditional Republican “RINOs” were far less likely to kowtow to their political counterparts. Now that President Joe Biden is in office, it’s apparently back to business as usual for many of the usual suspects.
According to Breitbart, a staggering total of 19 Senate Republicans voted in favor of passing Biden’s legacy, $1 trillion “bipartisan” infrastructure bill, known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. One Republican senator praised the Senate’s passing of the bill as “making history.”
Conservative pundits and other high-profile Republicans slammed the 19 Republicans for helping Biden push through his legislation.
While some GOP senators, such as Sen. Mitt Romney (UT) and Sen. Lisa Murkowski (AK) didn’t shock anyone by siding with Democrats, others, such as Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-IA), were surprising proponents of getting the massively expensive bill passed in the upper chamber.
Other GOP senators not happy
Still, a majority of Republican senators voted against passing the bill, and many of them spoke out against their colleagues or against the bill after the Senate passed it with a 69–30 vote.
“I just voted NO on the first installment of Joe Biden’s massive left wing agenda – no to gender identity mandates, no to the Green New Deal, no to CRT ‘racial equity’ mandates, no to decimating the energy sector – YES to America,” Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) tweeted.
“The final legislation is loaded with giveaways to big cities and pet projects that have little to do with real infrastructure. Worse, we’re using fuzzy math and IOU’s to hide the real cost of this massive legislation. I can’t vote for a bill that fails to give Alabama a fair slice of the pie while also saddling Alabama taxpayers with even more debt,” wrote Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL).
Sen. Mike Braun (R-IN) suggested that if Democrats successfully push through their second, $3.5 trillion “human infrastructure” bill, that his Republican colleagues would be “complicit” in the damage it wreaks on the American economy.
Trump is ticked
Former President Donald Trump has warned Republicans for weeks that supporting Biden’s infrastructure deal is a terrible idea, even going as far as threatening to primary Republicans who support the measure in a recent statement.
Trump threatens Senate Republicans on infrastructure: “If this deal happens, lots of primaries will be coming your way!”
Also coins a new designation for Mitt Romney: “SUPER RINO” pic.twitter.com/VQVxSVzZ5L
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) July 28, 2021
Many left-leaning media outlets, like NBC News, gleefully ran stories on Tuesday with headlines such as, “In defiance of Trump, more than one-third of Senate GOP backs infrastructure bill,” trying hard to make it appear as if Trump has lost some of his “kingmaker” mojo with Republicans.
Trump, who isn’t known to engage in bluffing, will likely not soon forget the Republicans who sided with Democrats on the deal, and it’s not a stretch to presume that they’ll have regrets as the 2022 midterm elections near.