Political hyperbole is nothing new in history. Since the earliest of elections, political opponents have spoken ill of each other and gotten quite heated. Even in recent years, excessive hyperbole and overblown insults are the norm. Former President George W. Bush was often compared to Adolf Hitler, despite the fact he didn’t murder millions of people or consolidate his country into a total dictatorship. Former President Barack Obama was often compared to a number of socialist and communist tyrants in history, despite never quite reaching the extremes of the murderous and tyrannical.
And now it is Donald Trump’s turn in the presidential hot seat.
President Trump is triggering many people across America. His style is blunt and unconventional, which is contrary to the measured and manufactured speech that Washington D.C. is used to. The result has been a political elite and mainstream media in a state of constant meltdown. Never a dull moment in the young Trump presidency.
To be sure, President Trump has done some bad things. No human being is perfect, politician or otherwise. But is he Adolf Hitler or a Nazi? Hardly, and any implication of such by radical elements of the American left is disrespectful to all those who actually suffered under the Nazi regime.
Instead, he’s just a brash businessman who doesn’t play by the rules. Whether this is good or bad is an entirely different debate, but his style is his style. It makes a lot of people uncomfortable, even within his own party.
Two prominent Republicans who have risen up in defiance of the President are Senators Bob Corker (R-TN) and Jeff Flake (R-AZ). They have become perhaps the most vocal members of the anti-Trump wing of the Republican Party. Corker has compared the White House under President Trump to an adult daycare center, while his colleague Flake resorts to defiant hyperbole about threats to democracy that sound like they are out of George Soros’ handbook.
In a stirring speech on the Senate floor, Flake painted an exaggerated picture about the death of democracy. During it, he defiantly proclaiming “Mr. President, I rise today to say: Enough!”
The problem is that while Corker and Flake act like they’re standing up to the President, they’re actually giving up the fight by not running for election. A core function of Congress is to act as a check on executive power. If both Senators actually believe the words they speak, the President is an absolute danger to foundation of American freedom.
And they run. Is there anything to call this other than cowardice?
The truth is that Corker and Flake either don’t believe the words they speak, or they don’t have the gumption to fix it. They, as members of the legislative body, believe the chief executive is out of control, and they’re running from the battle. Why? Perhaps one or both of these men are gearing up for different political ambitions, such as offering a primary challenge to the President during the next election cycle.
Still, leaving the Senate instead of using that post to stand up to a supposed tyrant is surrender not defiance. Corker and Flake should both be ashamed.