Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) offered a “news flash” to the Democrats, mainstream media and Never-Trump members of the Republican Party, saying during an interview Tuesday on “The Laura Ingraham Show” that President Donald Trump “is being successful” in the face of unprecedented obstacles.
Perdue, who co-sponsored the merit-based immigration RAISE Act with Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) last week, said there is a “disconnect inside the Republican caucus” and a “disconnection between the establishment in Washington and people back home.” Noting that members of his own party have criticized the Trump-backed RAISE Act and predicted its failure in a Senate where the GOP holds a 52-seat majority, Perdue said the party has reached “a moment of truth.”
“It is a perfect example, Laura, of what you speak about a lot. And that is the disconnection between the establishment in Washington and people back home,” he said. “People in Washington just can’t understand how Donald Trump got elected. Look, this guy is making great progress in the first six months. I mean, the results are overwhelming. If a Democrat were getting these kind of results, the press would be going crazy.”
“You know, and what we see here is bureaucrats in Washington and politicians who are saying, ‘Well, we’ll outlast this guy. You know, he’s not going to be successful.’ Well you know what, I’ve got a news flash for everybody: He is being successful,” Perdue added.
Noting that Trump reached his 200th day in office Monday, the Georgia senator said that consumer confidence has reached a 13-year high, and illegal southern border crosses have decreased by 60 percent under Trump’s administration, among other successes apart from Congress.
“[Trump’s] just getting started. And he’s fighting the media in Washington, and he’s fighting a lot of people in his own party, as evidenced by what happened recently in the Senate’s health care vote,” Perdue said, pointing to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) repeated failures to corral 50 of his 52 GOP senators into supporting various attempts to repeal and replace Obamacare.
“There’s a disconnect inside the Republican caucus. I mean, we have a Republican in the White House. We’re acting like it’s someone from another party on some of these issues,” he said. “And quite frankly, I think there are some people in our caucus who are sitting around waiting for him to fail. And that’s not good enough. We are at a moment of truth in America.”
This “moment of truth,” Perdue said, should be when conservative values are brought to the forefront of the national conversation and championed by the White House and the GOP majorities in both the House and the Senate.
“What we’ve come to, Laura, after a hundred years and certainly after eight years of the last president — we have proven over and over again that these great, sweeping liberal progressive programs have failed,” he said. “And now we’re at a moment of truth to prove possibly that the conservative values are the way to go. And yet we have people in our own caucus still debating those.”
As for the RAISE Act and the problem of corralling 50 U.S. senators into supporting immigration reform, Perdue noted that “the people in Congress, the people in Washington tend to go for these comprehensive, sweeping solutions to the entire thing. That’s never worked. It won’t work this time.”
“So all we’ve done is carved out the green card piece of immigration. That’s all we’ve done,” he said of the RAISE Act. “And so what we’ve done is modeled this after something that Canada and Australia have already proven worked over the last few decades, and it’s a merit-based system.”
For those balking GOP senators such as Marco Rubio (Fla.) and Lindsey Graham (S.C.), who have expressed their concerns over the RAISE Act’s merit-based qualifications, Perdue recommended that they actually read the bill first before bucking party lines and abandoning their Republican president’s legislative agenda.
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