GOP lawmakers push back against Trump tweet, warn of ‘losing the election’
Republicans are pushing back against President Donald Trump’s tweets suggesting they’re “tired” of him and that they don’t want him to win the 2020 election.GOP Reps.
Steve King, R-Iowa, and Mike Coffman, R -Colorado, said in a letter to the president that the tweets were “completely false and misleading” and they were “unaware of any actual evidence” that his comments had anything to do with their districts.
The letter, signed by King and Coffman and also signed by Republican Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, also cited the president’s own tweets that the GOP would be “totally destroyed” in 2020 and a tweet earlier this month in which he said he would be able to “take on any Democrat in the country and win.”
“It is utterly clear that Mr. Trump has no idea what he is talking about when he is tweeting,” they wrote.
“He is not a rational person, and is completely unfit to be president.
He should be focused on governing.”
Coffman, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, told reporters Monday that the party’s congressional leadership is “not going to let this happen.”
“We need to get our message out,” he said.
“We need the American people to understand the President is trying to win this election and that he has no understanding of the reality of the campaign.”
Citing a recent poll, Coffman said the Republicans “are still not convinced” that Trump is “going to lose this election.”
The GOP leadership has been criticized for not doing more to fight the president after his first three days in office, including sending Vice President Mike Pence to Capitol Hill last week to try to convince him to withdraw from the 2020 race.
Pence was not there to persuade Trump to leave the race.
Democrats are expected to push for more Democrats to challenge Trump in 2020.
Trump tweeted on Monday morning that he “wouldnt like to be in the White House with anyone who isnt pro-life,” and said that the Democrats “want the same thing for me as they want you.”
The tweet followed an attack by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi on Twitter on Friday that said Trump’s “disgusting, disgusting, disgusting rhetoric” was making “every American sick.”
“I wouldnt like that.
I wouldnt want that.
And I would be really, really upset if that was what was happening,” Pelosi said on CNN.