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With Trump Gone, Republicans can finally come together to attack Democrats
James Devaney / Getty For more than four years, Republicans on Capitol Hill woke up every morning knowing that whatever they were doing, Donald Trump could turn their entire day upside down with a single tweet. Now with a far more predictable and laconic president, GOP lawmakers who miraculously failed to see the latest tweet or simply received no comment for years are finding their vote again. Just take Wednesday morning. The House Republicans held a press conference criticizing President Joe Biden’s immigration policies. Meanwhile, 40 lawmakers signed a joint letter to the White House accusing them of managing “illegal” movements at the border. These GOP messaging tricks earned cameras, news articles, and a top spot on the Beltway’s most widely read newsletters. And instead of asking questions about the recent Trump outrage, Republicans have been on the offensive, berating Biden at every opportunity. Most of the Democrats and Republicans on Capitol Hill thought Trump was still driving the daily news cycles from Mar-a-Lago. But two months out of office, the ex-president is banned from the White House and, perhaps more importantly, his Twitter account. In addition to losing his favorite medium, he has largely avoided interviews, except for one interview with Fox News he telephoned Tuesday and another interview with Fox in February. When he weighs himself, this is done through his personal office – almost always to regulate political issues, not to shape the political discussion. That doesn’t mean Trump isn’t still the leader of the GOP. It will be years before Republicans rock Trump – if they ever do. But there is now a news loophole in the convention halls where reporters once chased GOP lawmakers in response to Trump’s recent unhindered letter. And Republicans can already feel it: “I’m getting more airtime than before,” Senator Todd Young (R-IN) told The Daily Beast on Wednesday. John Cornyn (R-TX), a senior Republican in the chamber, said Trump’s tweets “absolutely” used to suck the air out of the room. “It would happen regularly,” he said. Senate Approves $ 1.9 Trillion COVID Aid Bill After Shambolic Nightly DebateCornyn added Republicans don’t have to respond as much to tweets. “So I think it’s a bit easier in that sense,” he said. “But it’s always a difficult thing when you have 50 different and independent people.” Those 50 GOP senators that Cornyn was referring to are a fragmented bunch – an often unruly collection of great figures in a small room. However, being a minority, it is far easier to unite against opposition policies than to stand behind your own. Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO) argued that recent Democratic deliberations, such as changing the filibuster in legislation, would “unite us all in one message.” “Probably our main embassy person at the moment is either Joe Biden or Nancy Pelosi,” said Blunt. “Because that will bring out the unified message for us.” However, the reality of a political space without Trump is not entirely positive. Senator Mike Braun (R-IN) spoke on Wednesday about the need for Republicans to become complacent not just as an opposition party: “When it comes to the two biggest problems, health and climate, we have to offer solutions,” Braun said if we don’t, we will likely be outmaneuvered. ”A GOP Senate adviser also described the double sides of Trump’s news to The Daily Beast. He may have had a limitless ability to derail their best plans – but he also had an unprecedented ability “Bringing anything to the top of the national conversation. When that was in line with the congressional GOP agenda, it was a powerful force multiplier. When it didn’t, which it often did, it was a huge headache. This GOP advisor.” added that the party now has more control over its agenda – and does not have to allow chaos. That chaos seemed to take most of the days to go take the Trump presidency, but take just one day as an example. On June 9, 2020, Senate Republicans planned to spend the afternoon discussing a comprehensive conservation bill and GOP version of police reform legislation in response to George Floyd’s death. They had made a series of speeches and discussed police reform when the GOP leaders went to reporters for their weekly press conference. But Trump had other plans. That morning he tweeted a conspiracy theory that an elderly man who was brutally taped by police in Buffalo during a protest was somehow linked to “Antifa”. Trump’s comment became news. And as much as Republicans wanted the press for their conservation bill, which is a top priority for some senators in the election year, as well as their police legislation, no one wanted to touch Trump’s tweet. “I’m not commenting on the tweets,” Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) told reporters, repeating most of his colleagues. Senator Mitch McConnell (R-KY), the majority leader at the time, didn’t want any part of it either. The GOP Police Reform Act and its Conservation Act – The Great American Outdoors Act – didn’t get much ink that day. However, not having to worry about Trump’s erratic behavior and words doesn’t mean that Republicans are in command of communication. Indeed Democrats I don’t think the GOP has much improved their news in Trump’s absence. “It was chaos with Trump,” said Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA), a progressive who often makes the rounds on Fox News. “But there was still energy and passion behind it. As I think now that there is some kind of void. “Khanna pointed to the GOP’s reaction to Biden’s accomplishment to date: the $ 1.9 trillion stimulus plan. The Republicans struggled to find a convincing line of opposition to popular legislation. You have argued that both are not doing enough and doing too much. They have argued it was too partisan while acting completely partisan themselves – they directly opposed the direct stimuli that Trump himself supported. As Khanna said on Wednesday, “I think you miscalculated.” Read more on The Daily Beast. Get our top stories in your inbox every day. Sign up now! Daily Beast Membership: Beast Inside delves deeper into the stories that matter to you. Learn more.