If McConnell Gives In to Trump's Demands, Trump Will Own Him

Mish

House Republican hypocrites joined the Democrats and caved into Trump's demands. The Senate is at bat.

Will He Or Won't He?

The question tonight is whether Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell will cave into Trump's blackmail or not.

In separate measures, the House Voted to Increase Stimulus Checks to $2,000 and Override Trump Veto of Defense Bill

The House on Monday voted to override President Trump’s veto of a $740.5 billion defense policy bill, sending the bill to the Senate and putting it on track to be the first legislation to become law over Mr. Trump’s objections.

Mr. Trump had rejected the bipartisan National Defense Authorization Act over provisions that remove base names that honor Confederate officers and set troop levels abroad, as well as the legislation’s lack of language revoking internet platforms’ broad immunity for the content they publish from users on their sites. 

The override vote, which required a two-thirds supermajority, was 322 to 87, with a majority of Republicans joining most Democrats in breaking with the president. The GOP-controlled Senate is expected to consider the bill as soon as Wednesday. The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

In a flurry of last-minute legislation, the House also approved sending $2,000 stimulus checks to many Americans, a day after Mr. Trump signed a Covid-aid bill into law but said that the $600 payments in that package were too small.

The House passed the stimulus-checks bill 275 to 134, with 44 Republicans joining almost all Democrats in support, exceeding the two-thirds required under fast-track procedures. The legislation increases the amount of the checks to $2,000, up from $600 per adult and per child for individuals with adjusted gross incomes under $75,000. A family of four that qualifies for the payments would get $8,000 under the proposal.

Trump's Objections

Trump objects to the NDAA defense bill because it renames bases with Confederate names, because it does not repeal section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, and because it limits how much money can be used on emergency military construction.

Trump used an alleged emergency to fund a portion of the wall. 

He is upset at section 230 because he does not like how Twitter and social media have blocked or commented on his repeated election lies.

McConnell Is At Bat

There are two issues in play, the NDAA and the stimulus checks. 

The first is an override setup, the second is new legislation. 

If the Senate caves in, Trump will own McConnell and the party in general.

For that reason, I suspect Trump will strike out on both. 

This is despite threats from Trump and supporters to field candidates against any Republicans who refuse to go along with Trump's demands. 

Mish 

Comments (36)
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AshH
AshH

The real question is how will Perdue and Loeffler vote?

Will they vote yes for the $2k to take that issue off the table and not go against Trump? Or will they vote no in alignment with the Senate GOP?

I can't see them voting no for political reasons, but I could be wrong.

MikeD1
MikeD1

Trump IS the Republican party now, there are just a few swamplicans that don't realize it yet. He's put Mitch on the spot with the entire nation watching. He and the Senate GOP will face a blowback from the American People like nothing before seen if they refuse to send real help to us while sending billions to foreign nations. I don't believe they are that stupid. Thank you President Trump for making this happen!

wxman40
wxman40

This is only the beginning of the end of the hegemony of the duopoly in DC. The GOP are leading the way on it but both cheeks of this butt will take it all down with them in time.

Sechel
Sechel

The House did not cave to Trump's demands. They were always in favor of the larger checks. They simply called Trump's bluff. I doubt the Senate will agree because their members were never in favor. Whatever happens I don't buy that if McConnell gets the 2,000 passed Trump owns him.

threeblindmice
threeblindmice

"He is upset at section 230 because he does not like how Twitter and social media have blocked or commented on his repeated election lies."

Perhaps. But every American should be upset that social media decides what Americans can write and what other Americans can read. (The burying of the Hunter Biden story comes to mind. There are others.) SM behaves as a publisher by regulating content. Why the 230 protections, then?

njbr
njbr

Mo' money is closer than you think.

The GA candidates really cannot afford to say no.

There were a few GOP senators previously pushing for more.

There are GOP senators that are still trying to push their nose further into the POT (Party of Trump).

Eddie_T
Eddie_T

Diaper Don, the incontinent con
Thinks his means were justified by his ends
So much depends on his Depends

Out, damned spot! out, I say!--One: two: why,
then, 'tis time to do't.--Hell is murky!--Fie, my
lord, fie! a soldier, and afeard? What need we
fear who knows it, when none can call our power to
account?--Yet who would have thought the old man
to have had so much shit in him.

Rocky Raccoon
Rocky Raccoon

I think I will just refer to Donald Trump as "Bernie" from here on out...

KidHorn
KidHorn

They should name the bases after their location and be done with it.

I think it's too late for any politician to give a rats behind if they agree or disagree with Trump.

Ninjango
Ninjango

I don`t see the political benefit for GOP members to cave in to a lame duck president. I see it as a liability.

Carl_R
Carl_R

Trump is no Republican; he's always been a Democrat. He's used the party to get what he wanted, and now he's tearing it apart.

goldguy
goldguy

Why not make it $10,000!!! These bailouts are like those magic fire bricks Doc used in the locomotive to make it burn hotter and speed it up to 88mph. There is no doubt the end of the tracks are ahead, the question is how long will it take to get there. This train ain't stopping!!!

Corvinus
Corvinus

"He is upset at section 230 because he does not like how Twitter and social media have blocked or commented on his repeated election lies"

That's a shortsighted and one sided spin to put on this topic. Perhaps he is upset that his lies were blocked. And rightly so. Because a large part of the media social and otherwise does not similarly critique or block the lies of their own team. The problem is that the social media sites clearly manipulate blocks and shadow bans to promote their own political agenda. If they were a an interference free platform then fine; when they start to 'curate' and edit then they should no longer be subject to any protections.

PecuniaNonOlet
PecuniaNonOlet

What does Mitch care? He won his seat and he is old, wont live much longer anyway with covid roulette or age roulette at play.


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