Sean Duffy: GOP ‘Will Get Absolutely Destroyed’ if Tax Reform Fails
Wisconsin congressman predicts House will pass the president's plan, warns that it's all up to the Senate
Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Wis.) said Thursday that the Republican Party “will get absolutely destroyed” if Congress does not pass President Donald Trump’s tax reform plan.
Appearing Thursday on “The Laura Ingraham Show,” Duffy said it’s time for the GOP to pull itself together, get on board with Trump’s agenda, and pull off a significant and much-needed legislative win. After the Senate’s embarrassing and repeated failures to pass legislation repealing and replacing Obamacare, Duffy warned that a failure to fulfill the party’s promises on tax reform would be the death knell for candidates in the 2018 midterm election and the 2020 elections.
"So we'll get it done in the House. The question becomes, can the dysfunctional, disorganized Senate actually act on tax reform?" Duffy told LifeZette Editor-in-Chief Laura Ingraham. "That's the million-dollar question, right?"
Duffy said he is "hopeful and bullish" on tax reform's chances in the Senate because the GOP senators heard an earful from their frustrated constituents when they took their month-long August break — and continue to hear the outcry when they return to their districts on weekends.
"They're coming back to Washington with, I think, a renewed sense of purpose to actually get this done," he said. "And if they don't, this Republican Party will be like 2006. We will get absolutely destroyed."
"Who's going to show up and vote for a Republican when he didn't do health care, he didn't do tax, you didn't do any of the things that you ran on and promised your constituents that you would do?" Duffy continued. "No one's going to come and vote for you. I will be an absolute failure. So I do think it's going to get done."
The Wisconsin congressman pointed to the speech Trump delivered Wednesday in Middletown, Pennsylvania, in which he championed his tax reform plan and pressured Congress to come together and get the job done.
"President Trump is the best salesman for tax reform. He can take tax reform and bring it to, Why is this relevant for everyday Americans? Why does tax reform help you with your job or your salary or your opportunity with your family?" Duffy said. "And he has to do more of these."
"He can't just do one every week or every two weeks. He has to do two or three a week and drive this message on why tax reform is so important. And because you know if you win the debate, it is far easier to win the votes," he added. "So President Trump has to lead this charge, and he's the best at it. So I hope he does more of what he did yesterday and multiple times a week."
Ingraham also asked Duffy to address Trump's Wednesday night tweet in which the president complained, "Network news has become so partisan, distorted and fake that licenses must be challenged and, if appropriate, revoked. Not fair to public!"
After noting, "I usually am one who supports his tweets" because Trump is "able to drive the news cycle" and "reach millions of people through his Twittersphere," Duffy said, "It was a bridge too far to talk about taking away licenses from major news corporations."
"I think he's done a great job of basically discrediting them, sort of pointing out that their news coverage is fake news or it's one-sided news coverage. And when they lose credibility, they lose viewership," Duffy said. "That's what really the president has to go after with regard to the media."