Some Republicans are choosing to attack and divide the party ahead of the important election year. The division among Republicans is due in part to who supported President Biden’s $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill, which is loaded with special interests.
Thirteen House Republicans voted for the bill. They included Representatives Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, Fred Upton of Michigan and David McKinley of West Virginia. With the exception of a few progressives, Democrats unified and voted solidly for their package of waste.
In the Senate the Republican divide was even worse, as 19 Republicans backed the Biden bill, with 30 against and one not voting. Those supporting the bill included Sens. Mitt Romney of Utah, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and even Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
The votes brought out a crossfire among Republicans. Tweeted Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, “Republicans who voted for the Democrats’ socialist spending bill are the very reason why Americans don’t trust Congress.”
Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado tweeted, “RINOS just passed this wasteful $1.2 trillion dollar ‘infrastructure’ bill. Pelosi did not have the votes in her party to pass this garbage. Time to name names and hold these fake republicans accountable.” And Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia branded the bill “communism.”
The return fire was just as ferocious. Tweeted Kinzinger, “Infrastructure=communism is a new one. Eisenhower’s interstate system should be torn up or else the commies will be able to conveniently drive! Red Dawn in real life.” “Red Dawn” was a 1984 movie in which the Soviet Union and Castro’s Cuba invaded the United States.
Republicans are caught up in the attacks on their fellow party members. Are they turning a blind eye to the upcoming election year, and what is needed to win?
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