October 14, 2017

After a discussion about whether Trump can be kept from even worse actions, AM Joy's Joy Reid gave us a glimpse behind the Beltway curtain. Yes, Republicans do understand the danger Trump represents, and they're worried. They're just not going to do anything about it.

"There are Republicans, not elected ones in Washington right now, beginning to question whether or not we would be a safer nation if Democrats took the house in 2018," Reid said.

"Because to your point, Republicans are never going to do the job they need to do because of the political consequences they would face at home," former GOP Rep. David Jolley said.

"I would not look to Paul Ryan or to Mitch McConnell for moral leadership. That's the fundamental problem here," said Washington Post opinion columnist Catherine Rampell.

"And as long as they're terrified of the base, you know, of having their members being primaried from the right or attacking Trump -- or for publicly attacking Trump, I should clarify, rather than on background to reporters --they are not going to do anything.

"There's a duty to the American people that's bigger than your desire to be reelected," Reid said. I agree with you I don't see the courage in the leadership of the Republican party. On background, everyone's dismayed on background."


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