Congress

McConnell: Trump Doesn’t Know What He’s Doing

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke at a Rotary club in Northern Kentucky yesterday where he said Congress is not actually as terrible as reports suggest.

The problem, McConnell says, is that Trump has no idea how the legislative process works.

"Our new president, of course, has not been in this line of work before," said McConnell according to CNN affiliate WCPO which covered the event. "I think he had excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process." [...]

"Part of the reason I think people think we're under-performing is because of too many artificial deadlines unrelated to the reality of the legislature which may have not been understood."

Of course, another reason people may think Congress is under-performing is because they haven't done anything beyond the bare minimum expected of them.

They did manage to pass a sweeping sanction bills to punish Russia for interfering in the 2016 election, and they managed to avoid a government shutdown by passing a funding bill for what remains of fiscal 2017, but that's the least they could do. For better or worse, these actions more or less represent the status quo.

Furthermore, the actions they've taken this year are nearly identical to the actions they've undertaken every year since Republicans gained control of Congress. They failed to repeal Obamacare, but it's not the first time. Actually, it's not even the 50th time. They've also waited until the last possible second to fund the federal government and avoid a shutdown several years in a row. Sometimes they do this two or three times per year.

And the irony is, if congressional Republicans actually did manage to accomplished their goals, no one would like it. Accomplishing all of their goals, from kicking 20 to 30 million people off their health care, to cutting trillions of dollars in federal spending, could mean economic collapse if not societal.

With all of that said, a broken clock is right twice a day and McConnell is absolutely right about Donald Trump.

Trump has no idea how the legislative process works. Trump doesn't appear to be capable of even comprehending legislation or the impact it will have. He couldn't tell you the details of policy he publicly supports.

  • republicans are pathetic and trump needs to resign.

  • muselet

    First Marco Rubio tells the truth, and now Mitch McConnell does so, too.

    Isn’t that one of the signs of the Apocalypse?

    –alopecia

  • Georgie

    Love the header photo, perfection.

  • ninjaf

    Trump has no idea how the legislative process works. Trump doesn’t appear to be capable of even comprehending legislation or the impact it will have. He couldn’t tell you the details of policy he publicly supports.

    Just like his base.

  • Victor the Crab

    So does Mitch McConnell think he should get a standing ovation for pointing out what was so obvious to the rest of us? Bottom line remains: McConnell and the boy blunder, Paul Ryan, attached their little red wagons to Drumph because they figured he would give them what they wanted – like putting their own hand picked judges to the Supreme Court. They have the stench of Drumph all over themselves. If they try to weasel their way out of this, should Drumph actually fall, then the public and the media need to hold them account… Oh wait, were fucked beyond belief here!

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    Republicans 2008: Obama was just a community organizer. He shouldn’t be elected. He has no experience.

    Republicans 2017: Trump should be excused for his mistakes since he has no experience.