Rachel Maddow pointed out that Republicans are making many of the mistakes they made in 2016 and are not buying their claims of surprise at Trump congratulating Kim Jong-un.
Except Kim Jong-un like resigning and apologizing. That might be the only thing you would congratulate him on. Otherwise, do not congratulate. Standing order when it comes to the dictator of North Korea. But there is Trump. Warmly congratulating Kim Jong-un and misspelling meanwhile. And you know, in a normal political world somewhere between you deciding to congratulate the North Korean dictator and you misspelling that congratulation, somewhere in between the idea of you as presidential material would love to shred and crumble on the median of a ten- lane freeway. But instead, he’s still the frontrunner in the Republican Party’s 2024 nominating contest. Don’t congratulate him.
And all the other candidates in this race, and there are plenty of them now, they’re all struggling to figure out what to do, even with something this bad. With something obviously wrong. Even with this guy warmly congratulating the North Korean dictator. Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, for example, was asked about it and he managed to say that he was, in quotes, surprised to see such congratulations from former President Trump for the dictator of North Korea. He said he was surprised. Surprised, really? I mean, Trump expressing warm misspelled congratulations to the North Korean dictator is a lot of things, but is it really surprising? You really didn’t see it coming? You haven’t seen that exact thing of him before?
Maddow’s larger point was that Republicans are repeating all the same mistakes that won Trump the party’s nomination in 2016. The Republican Party is so afraid to challenge and call out Trump that it pretends to feign surprise when he befriends the dictator in North Korea. .
The more things change. The longer they stay the same.
Republicans are still terrified of Donald Trump.
Jason is the editor. He is also a member of the White House press pool and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate studies focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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