More and more Republicans are fed up with President Donald Trump’s crazy outbursts.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage was an outspoken Trump supporter during the campaign. Like Trump, LePage has a long history of racist and sexist remarks – but now Trump has gone too far, even for far-right LePage.
LePage issued a damaging assessment of Trump’s leadership style during media interviews this week, accusing Trump of running the White House like it’s a reality TV show.
“We got to tell him that the TV show’s over and he’s gotta move on now,” LePage said, according to CNN. ” … He’s got to have some structure in that White House.”
Trump’s first weeks in office have been surrounded by controversy and allegations of corruption. Just this week, Trump’s national security adviser resigned in an unprecedented move; Trump’s pick for labor secretary withdrew his name following allegations of domestic abuse in his past; and Trump’s pick to replace his national security advisers turned down the job because of doubts about Trump’s leadership abilities.
The constant controversy is making Republicans lose confidence in Trump. The Washington Post reports:
Congressional Republicans are finding it increasingly difficult to defend President Trump after a tempestuous start to his term that has stoked frustration, fatigue and fear on Capitol Hill.
Some are at a loss for words when asked about Trump’s unorthodox national security decisions. Others strain to sidestep current stumbles in hopes that conservative legislative achievements will eventually render them irrelevant. And a growing number warn that uncertainty about West Wing staffing and such controversies as Trump’s unilateral immigration ban have detracted from their top priorities.