GOP Senator: ‘It’s A Mistake’ To Fight Trump

Phillip Stucky | Political Reporter

Recently re-elected Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri thinks it’s a mistake to oppose President Donald Trump, according to an interview Sunday.

“It’s not a mistake to disagree when you disagree,” he said on NBC’s “Meet The Press.” “It is a mistake to suggest that somehow this president, who was elected just as the Constitution prescribed and has the responsibility to lead the country, that somehow we need to not work with this president I think is a bad road to go down. I think it’s a mistake to get in a fight with the president.”

The comments come after former Republican Sen. John Danforth of Missouri denounced Trump in a Washington Post editorial.

“We cannot let Donald Trump define the Republican Party,” the former lawmaker wrote. “We are not like him. We cannot let the public image of our party be confused with the image of Donald Trump. We have to insist that he is very different from what Republicans have been and what we are.”

Danforth went on to call the president the “Divider-in-Chief.”

Danforth is hardly the first Republican to challenge the president. Sens. Jeff Flake and Dean Heller have both openly criticized the president, and Sens. Susan Collins, Lisa Murkowski, and John McCain all voted against the Trump-endorsed effort to replace the controversial Affordable Care Act.

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