It wasn’t all that long ago that Republicans harped about the “uncertainty” President Barack Obama was creating. His policies are bad for business was the go-to reason for asking the president to produce something that can’t be guaranteed: future certainty.
But as always, though, the times they are a-changing.
Certainty, like it’s cousin GOP companion slogan, “I built this,” faded from sight after Obama won again in 2012, beating Mitt Romney and his then-VP running mate, Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, a Wisconsite who’s widely anticipated meeting with Mr. Trump Thursday turned out to be more milk and honey than vinegar. Nonetheless, Paul Ryan did not endorse Trump today.
One thing that is certain, though, is all the uncertainty that surrounds the GOP in general and each candidate specifically, now that Donald Trump is the captain of the U.S.S Republican Party, a battleship again cruising into port for another major overhaul to avoid losing another national election to Democrats.
Hillary Clinton and other Dem messengers are dusting off the certainty angle, this time applying it to Donald Trump, who says one thing one day and something different the next day and cares not about the difference.
In a recent interview former Ohio congressman John Boehner called Ted Cruz, “Lucifer in the flesh.” Boehner, a Catholic and speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, resigned suddenly last year after the Pope spoke before a joint session of congress, asking them to among “work together to solve the problems of ordinary Americans and to show compassion for people across the globe who are suffering from war and hunger.”
Trump: Uncertainty In The Flesh?
In a conference call with reporters today, Wisconsin Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling and Representative Cory Mason discussed Donald Trump’s economic policies. Calling them reckless, the two said Trump would bring tremendous uncertainty if elected.
Senator Schilling said there is “no certainty with Donald Trump. Everything he says or does is a moving target.” She said voters in Wisconsin are concerned about Trump being the nominee based on that unpredictability, and his “bombastic, alienating comments.” Trump’s inability to bring people together, she said, isn’t the “diplomatic, level-headed leader times of great challenge for this country need now.” Her candidate, and the point of the call, was to endorse Hillary Clinton.
As for Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin and what was called a very positive meeting between him and the presumptive nominee of the Republican Party, Badger State Rep. Cory Mason said Mr. Ryan not endorsing Trump today showed Trump is too erratic and unpredictable. “Ryan can’t have it both ways,” Mason said, adding, “Republicans will grapple with the consequences of a Trump candidacy. It’s troubling to see Ryan accommodate Trump more and more. His [Trump] views are erratic.”
Most worrisome for the two Badger State Democrats is that based on Donald Trump’s economic plan, the nation will be 34 trillion more in debt over 20 years, according to a non-partisan analysis of the New York billionaire’s “suggested” plan. They told reporters that Trump would leave “middle class families holding the bag.” Moreover, by not releasing his tax returns, they said, “there’s no way for the American people to know if Donald Trump is paying his fair share of taxes.”
Schilling pushed back on the narrative that Republicans are rallying around Trump. “Rank and file Republicans in Wisconsin are not unified in support for Trump,” she said. “Republicans are walking a tightrope by either running with Donald Trump or running away from Donald Trump.”
Mason said Trump’s economic proposal would have the same results in the private sector. “He can’t run the American economy like he would a casino.”