Washington may finally be broken because of Trump
A Trump-induced midsummer madness enveloped the capital Tuesday, melting down some of the last bonds of civility needed for a functioning governing system.
Three of the four women were born in the US. The other is a naturalized citizen
.Only four Republicans voted with the Democrats. The rest of their party instead tried to censure Speaker Nancy Pelosi — surreally accusing her of breaking the chamber’s arcane manners when she said Trump’s rhetoric was “disgraceful and disgusting” and “racist.”
Republicans twisted themselves in knots to avoid angering constituents by condemning the President’s tweets, and sought to rebrand them as a patriotic denunciation of the extreme socialism they say is infecting the Democratic Party.
The Republican strategy was a reminder that most lawmakers in divided, gerrymandered America are more concerned about being primaried by a more radical activist than seeking the disappearing political center ground.
It also underscored the omnipresent power of a President who warned colleagues whose history shows no previous sign of being reluctant to condemn racism not to show “weakness.”