GOP House Rep: “Divisive” Trump A Factor In My Exit

CNN reports:

Rep. Charlie Dent, R-Pennsylvania, said Republican candidates facing re-election would have to surpass challenging hurdles, among them Trump’s divisive nature as the figurehead of the party.

“Well, at least in my case, I would say the President was a factor, but not the factor for me deciding to leave,” Dent told CNN’s Poppy Harlow, while a “a very challenging midterm environment” also contributed to his decision.

“The party of the President typically loses 32 seats in a situation like this,” Dent told CNN, but “of course then, Donald Trump, you know, complicates that because he’s a very polarizing figure, and so I suspect our challenges will be even greater just because of that.”

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Will Trump’s greatest accomplishment be the death of the Republican Party?

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      One can hope.

      • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

        You do realize what it is being replaced with, yes?

        • Barry William Teske

          Full fledged Bannon Nazi’s.

        • Jean-Marc in Canada

          Not sure who that will be, as it now looks as though Pence is also within striking distance of Mueller. Sadly, it does mean a potential President Ryan which, yes, is equally frightening. America, you in danger girl!

          • JCF

            Nope, seeing how Mueller’s investigating the Congressional Rethugs now, I think Ryan could go down, too!

          • Jean-Marc in Canada

            That is my hope as well.

          • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

            I’m not talking about the presidency. I’m talking about what will replace the Republicans. It ain’t pretty.

          • lymis

            I’m not sure that’s true. When Nixon resigned, Ford (then VP) took over, but the Speaker didn’t become VP. Rockefeller was nominated by Ford and approved by Congress.

            Of course, that doesn’t prevent Ryan from being nominated, but I don’t think he just steps in. But then, we’ve never lost both the President and VP at the same time.

            If either Trump or Pence is removed or resigns first, the VP position would be filled by nomination, not succession. If the other were subsequently removed or resigns, the same thing would happen. Not sure what happens if both of them step down or are removed at the same time. Probably a pro-tem situation. Which could involve the ratification of Ryan to fill out the term.

          • ericxdc

            (unfortunately) I think Meuller’s investigation is so broad, deep and complex that we’re looking at a late 2018 time frame regardless. The good part of that is that we likely won’t have Ryan as speaker after next November.

          • After a week in deep Teabagistan I can tell you that no one who voted for Trump is going to believe a word of any of it. We might one day get the votes to impeach in the house but we are NEVER going to get the 67 votes in the Senate to remove him from office. Yes, continue. Maybe some of it can be used to indict Trump and his family and cronies by state DAs.

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    • Niblet58

      A-fucking-men to that.

    • Todd20036

      Already happened. Anyone who calls themselves a republican… is a Nazi.

      True republicans left the GOP when W came in.

      THe remaining ones are those who really are only for white, straight, Christian privilege, and that’s it.

      In other words, the GOP is now the Nazi party. Poe’s law is dead.

      • SkokieGuy [ChicagoAdjacentGuy]

        I”m am fine with calling the ultra wealthy Nazi collaborators. If getting a bigger tax cut means you fund and enable and support politicians like Trump and his ‘chosen’ people like Gorka & Bannon, you are willingly collaborating.

    • BlackGayVeganAtheist

      Trump is simply not being sufficiently nor effectively careful in keeping their mask in place with the people in America and around the world.

      These actions are brought to you by Steve Bannon!

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/ac8d8d7e2335759223e550df622775495a1cc8a5a5a51232d29689b02e17947d.jpg

      • CJAS

        I’d say that it’s less ‘new’ than more visible.

    • Barry William Teske

      HATE is not an accomplishment.
      It is an act of war.

    • JCF
    • JT

      Not really an accomplishment because he wasn’t trying and they did it to themselves insofar as they paved the way for the Drumpfian monstrosity.

      • clay

        So, it’s within Trump’s ability?

    • Every time Democrats win, liberals do a victory dance about the death of the GOP. Then 2-4 years later they take everything back in a landslide. The GOP is the undead party. It doesn’t matter if they die. They still come back, crazier than ever.

    • Rambie

      Please let this be true!

  • KarenAtFOH

    These fuckers got their tax scam ripoff, so now they bolt like the cowards they are.

    • Frostbite

      Sure, get out now so they can’t roast you for it later.

      • KarenAtFOH

        I got a propane torch all warmed up and ready.

    • JCF

      “Cashing Out”, ala Bob Corker.

      • clay

        At least Corker is retirement age, Dent’s not.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    “…but not the factor for me deciding to leave,…”

    Translation: Yeah, that bloated orange gasbag motherfucker fucked up my chances

  • Lazycrockett
  • DisqusD37

    Honesty is so refreshing when it comes from a Republican in the current climate.

  • #winning!!

  • None of them has the courage to stay and fix the mess they themselves helped create.

    • kareemachan

      Exactly. They beat feet when the going gets tough, and surely will get a cushy job with a lobby group or such.

    • I also read this as, “Well, my party did something horrifically bad with their tax bills and will likely make it even worse last year by actually repealing the ACA and fucking with Social Security & Medicare…so I’m gonna cap my active participation by cashing out while I still can.”

    • Ninja0980

      Yup.
      They helped lay the groundwork for this, now they want to run away.

    • Rambie

      Of course! If the Dems take the House back you know Ryan is going to light a match and walk away too.

  • bkmn

    Fucking snowflake.

  • Mike

    The “eats with a fork” caucus is scared off by the poo-flinging teabaggers. But policy-wise and votes-wise, they are all the same scummy Republicans, no different from Trump, so it makes no difference in the end. Good riddance to the mealy-mouthed frauds. And they can take Susan Collins with them.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      It’s wrong but I now want to see GOP pols eat mashed potatoes with their hands.

      • UrsusArctos 🐻

        That shouldn’t be a problem. It would be an upgrade from the 45* poo they have been shoveling in their pie holes with both hands since 2016.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    I really hate these “It too hard, I leave now!” assholes. It’s not that I want them to stay but I just loathe their sheer laziness and cowardice in refusing to deal with crap that comes with the job.

    I look at them and think, “Waiters on a regular day put up with way more shit for much less than you and they would be dinged way harder for complaining about heavy plates and sore feet.”

    As a side note, if I ran HR, why would I hire someone who openly goes, “Job sucks! I thought it would be like soooooooooo easy!” I sure as hell don’t get voters who vote for them.

  • That_Looks_Delicious

    Dent’s district is rated +4 Republican and is 89.5% white. So if he’s retiring, it could be even better news in other districts.

    • Ninja0980

      If gerrymandering gets struck down, his distract could become more D.

      • Treant

        Kennedy. I wouldn’t hold your breath; he occasionally has a moment of sense, but never when it’s about black people.

        • Ninja0980

          I’m not holding my breath either but we’ll just have to wait and see.

      • clay

        Neither the PA state case nor the US federal case are likely to move quick enough to effect the 2018 race. They’re hoping to alter how the new districts are drawn after 2020, which won’t have a huge impact until those people draw districts after 2030.

  • Cucker “Dick” Tarlson

    O/T and sorry if It’s a repost, but did y’all see this leak from Simon and Schuster RE: Milo’s manuscript review? Make a lot of tea and enjoy.

    https://mobile.twitter.com/sarahmei/status/946347142012051456

    • bkmn

      His draft was as horrid as everyone told S&S it would be. Remind me why the execs there make so much money…

      • vorpal

        The fact that it seems like they were expecting a well-reasoned and beautifully written manuscript on the current political situation in the US rather than pages and pages of droning narcissistic grandeur and forays into fallacious braggadocio says something about someone over at Simon & Schuster.

        • Gustav2

          They heard the Brit accent, thought the rest was just an act and they would be getting a bit of Oxbridge on the cheap.

          • JT

            Yiannopoulos was born and raised in Kent. After being expelled from Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys, he studied at the University of Manchester and Wolfson College, Cambridge but failed to gain a degree from either.

            I don’t think leaving without a degree exactly qualifies as Oxbridge.

        • bkmn

          Did anyone else notice that Milo put in an entire chapter on his beauty regime, which the editors cut in its entirety?

          • vorpal

            Milo writing a chapter on his beauty regime is like Trump writing a chapter on his exercise regime.

      • UrsusArctos 🐻

        Because the usual play on this type of “book” is to publish it, wait for some Koch/1% front to buy a ton of them and haul them to be shredded/recycled. As a publisher, your money is made at the time of purchase. What the buyer does with them isn’t your concern.
        The goal on the purchasers end isn’t getting a book out, it’s generating outrage.

    • coram nobis

      More at the Guardian. S&S really didn’t know how to make this sow’s ear into a silk tapestry.

      https://www.theguardian.com/books/2017/dec/28/unclear-unfunny-delete-editors-notes-on-milo-yiannopoulos-book-revealed

      Yiannopoulos is repeatedly warned his choice of words is undermining any argument he is attempting to make. “The use of phrases like ‘two-faced backstabbing bitches’ diminishes your overall point,” reads one comment. “Too important a point to end in a crude quip” is another. “Unclear, unfunny, delete,” reads another.

      The early sections of a chapter on feminism prompt the note: “Don’t start chapter with accusation that feminists = fat. It destroys any seriousness of purpose.” Yiannopoulos goes on to criticise contemporary feminism as “merely a capitalist con-job – a money-grab designed to sell T-shirts to Taylor Swift and Beyoncé fans with asinine slogans”. “Um … like your MILO SWAG?” the editor responds.

      • Todd20036

        I’ve no sympathy for them. They gave Milo money because of who he was.

        Then got pissed when he gave them a book everyone on our side would expect him to write.

        • coram nobis

          A $255,000 advance, no less.

          • clay

            Lawsuit says he only got $80,000. Either Milo was bragging / lying, or they held back part until they got a few chapters.

          • coram nobis

            $255k may have been the original offer. As it was, $80,000 is a bit much for what they got.

          • 2guysnamedjoe

            It must’ve been worth $80G to S&S to make Milo go away.

            If they knew the right “guy”, though, $80G could make him go away permanently.

      • JT

        LOL.

    • bkmn

      Here’s another thread with more tracked edits

      https://twitter.com/flglmn/status/946355491990654976

      • Todd20036

        In short, the publisher gave the book back to Milo. The publisher wants no ownership of the book. Milo can keep the advance, but that’s it.

        Unless Milo can find a publisher (and at best, he’ll find a small RWNJ onet), this book won’t see the light of day

    • bkmn
    • Treant

      That would leave a mark if Trump hadn’t hired the ghost writer to write Yappypuppyass’ memoirs.

      I’m not sure Milo can read, actually.

    • William

      “May cause brain damage”.

    • shellback

      From what I understand, it is very difficult for an unknown to get published – even if it’s the best book written within the last 100 years. Which begs the question, why would S&S even contemplate anything from this fraud?

  • Ninja0980

    I’m just waiting for one of these Republicans to admit the fact that their need to pander to racists and the religious Reich made it all but certain someone like Trump was going to end up as the head of their party.

    • DreadPikathulhu

      It will take them years, probably once the bulk of their deplorable base dies off, to be able to say that out loud.

    • clay

      Romney’s niece (or her replacement) will do an autopsy like Steele and Priebus, which will then be sidelined.

    • All that ever will already have.

  • Steverino

    I can’t blame him. He and many other GOP congress people, I’m sure, do not want to face another town hall meeting with angry constituents armed with torches and pitchforks.

    • JAKvirginia

      If you don’t want to step in shit every time you step in the backyard, then don’t let your dog shit all over the lawn. He stood shoulder-to-shoulder with all of the other Rs and supported Trump and his policies but isn’t man enough to face the blowback.

  • OdieDenCO

    question: did dent, charles dent vote for the divisive figure in the white house?

  • Halou

    Trump’s behaviour is just the excuse for these tax cutting GOP oligarch enablers to get out of politics with some semblance of grace and dignity before shit hits the fan.

    • fuow

      gods, if only the shit would hit the fan!

  • KP

    Yes but like all the other all talk GOPers he voted with Trump and for his policies 100% of the time. FU Charlie

  • David Walker

    Dent is my congress critter and I’m kind of sorry to see him go. He announced he was leaving well before he voted FOR “the supplementary income for the rich bill,” and it surprised me when he did vote for it. He voted against the doing away with ACA. His press release says he thinks “the help the poor, starving 1% suck the teat of the middle class bill” is a good thing for the 15th district. Of course, the next item directly following that has him wondering where the money will come from to pay for “the Puerto Rican refugees,” a problem he helped create by NOT doing anything for the relief of those US citizens and by voting for “the rich get richer and the poor get laid off bill.”

    I wish that our Democratic committee would find a smart, youngish person to run against whatever the teabaggers nominate. The Democrat would have rough going, but the 15th District does have a few blue sections the banana republican’ts couldn’t do much when they carved up the state for their delectation.

    • Jerry Kott

      Democrats have always pick a Candidate from the district to run against Dent that had the charisma of a Seat Warmer. Never anyone with a clear voice. Always someone who first had to pass the smell test of Organized Labor and Municipal Unions and appeared to be nothing more than rewarding a favor.
      There is no one at this time to run against the chosen candidate for Dent’s position. We don’t need another Political Whore whispering sweet nothings.

    • clay

      Doesn’t the person the Dems put up against Toomey last time around live in that district? Maybe she who have the clout to beat a non-incumbent? I do have to agree with Jerry Kott a little bit that she was boring.

      • Jerry Kott

        Katie McGinty is her name , but she was already in the Democratic Food Chain and just seemed too predictable . She doesn’t live in Dent’s district, Toomey does. She was from Philly or it’s suburbs

  • JackNasty

    Dent’s off to become a lobbyist,
    and collect the rewards for his votes.

  • JT

    GOP House Rep: “Divisive” Trump A Factor In My Exit

    You made it. You own it.

  • jeffg166

    Translation: I was going to lose.

  • Xiao Ai: The Social Gadfly

    Don’t go away mad, Charlie. Just go away.

  • fuow

    Well, we know two things about the 2018 elections:
    1) Voter suppression and gerrymandering will be carried out to advantage the rethugs.
    2) Trumpanzies will be turning out in maximum number.
    What we don’t know is whether the left has learned our lesson.

  • Barry William Teske

    Act of war monger says what?

  • lymis

    Maybe if you’d actually done your job instead of pandering to his every whim, you wouldn’t be facing those challenges, asshole.

  • No More GOP.

    “The biggest factor in my exit is that I will get my pay-off for my vote.”

    • EdA

      Beat me to this! Plus, “… and I don’t even have to do anything to get it.”

  • bandanajack

    take your 30 pieces of silver and run… now that you have lifetime health insurance and a guaranteed pension.