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Trump Puts GOP Renegades On Notice

One of them was present when he did.

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Former President Donald Trump minced no words on Monday, as he tore into the 13 rebel Republicans who supported Nancy Pelosi on the infrastructure bill. One of them was there and noticeably rattled over his words.

What did these 13 House members think would happen? Their pathetic excuses aside, did they think the party, the base, and Trump would make kissy face and let bygones be bygones? Fat chance. The 13 went south on a spending bill. Not some legislation of individual conscience, but a bloody spending bill. Its passage throws Joe Biden a life preserver after the wreck of the Democrats in the recent elections.

So these 13 deserve to pay a price. 3 get a pass, as they’re retiring and thus electorally untouchable. But hope they didn’t want a nice appointment or sinecure to gently fall into after their time in office. The party will have a say in that and it will not be favorable. Donald Trump’s say was just beginning Monday night.

RNC: “Former President Trump in remarks at the National Republican Congressional Committee dinner Monday openly blasted the 13 congressional Republicans who supported President Biden’s infrastructure bill in a vote Friday. Fox News Digital has confirmed from sources at the dinner that the former president criticized the 13 Republican defectors in a lengthy speech Monday night in a room where at least one of them, Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, was present.

The Republicans who supported the bill, arguing that it provided funding for important infrastructure projects in their districts, were Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Don Bacon of Nebraska, Don Young of Alaska, John Katko of New York, Tom Reed of New York, Andrew Garbarino of New York, Malliotakis of New York, Brian Fitzpatrick of Pennsylvania, Chris Smith of New Jersey, Jeff Van Drew of New Jersey, Fred Upton of Michigan, Anthony Gonzalez of Ohio, and David McKinley of West Virginia. Kinzinger, Reed and Gonzalez have announced they plan to retire at the end of their terms. The New York Post’s Juliegrace Brufke reported on Tuesday that Malliotakis was ‘visibly shaken’ by Trump’s remarks.”

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“Most of the hard infrastructure bill is paid for by unspent COVID money that was already appropriated by Congress. This bill makes our nation stronger and more competitive for years to come,” Don Bacon said in a statement. “Make no mistake. This is not the Bernie Sanders’ Socialist Budget Busting Bill, which would’ve cost American taxpayers their hard-earned money. When that bill does come to the floor for a vote, I will be a hard ‘NO.’” Not good enough for Trump.

“RINOS just passed this wasteful $1.2 trillion dollar ‘infrastructure’ bill,” Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert tweeted. “Pelosi did not have the votes in her party to pass this garbage. Time to name names and hold these fake republicans accountable.” Likely the majority opinion.

David Kamioner
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David Kamioner is a veteran of U.S. Army Intelligence and an honors graduate of the University of Maryland's European Division. He also served with the Pershing Nuclear Brigade and the First Infantry Division. Subsequent to that he worked for two decades as a political consultant, was part of the American Red Cross Hurricane Katrina disaster relief effort in Louisiana, ran a homeless shelter for veterans in Philadelphia, and taught as a college instructor. He serves as a Contributing Editor for LifeZette.

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