As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump campaigned against the Republican establishment, and, as U.S. president, he is now getting the rebellion he sought, asserts Laura Litvin of Bloomberg. With verbal rebukes of President Trump’s leadership by Republican senators mounting, not to mention Jeff Flake and Bob Corker consequently jumping ship, the GOP is clearly divided. With failed efforts to pass legislation hanging over its head and Steve Bannon backing populist opponents in 2018 midterm elections, the Republican party is going through internal rebellion.
Despite the recent public denouncements of President Trump by a number of Republican senators and former presidents, there is no collective rebellion taking hold of the G.O.P., writes Isobel Thompson in Vanity Fair. For that to happen, the majority of the party would have to follow suit in their verbal attacks, which is not happening. In fact, a recent Senate lunch with Trump ended with ovations for him, from both moderate Republicans and those ideologically aligned with him. House Speaker Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell also confirm that the party remains results-driven and unified, and not on divisive issues like criticizing the president.