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Trump Launches A Suicidal War On His Own Party: New at Reason

Instead of striving to ingratiate himself with those who hold his fate in their hands, the president seems determined to antagonize them.

Shawn T Moore/ZUMA Press/NewscomShawn T Moore/ZUMA Press/Newscom

With his approval rating sinking, President Trump has decided his problem is that he has too many allies. So he set out to rid of himself of an important one: Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell.

The taciturn Kentuckian managed to inspire rage by suggesting that, being new to Washington, Trump had "excessive expectations about how quickly things happen in the democratic process." The president responded by tweeting angrily, "Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn't get it done. Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!"

As if that weren't enough, Trump followed up in an interview by indicating he might favor McConnell's resignation as Republican leader if he couldn't get Trump's agenda enacted.

A president under investigation by a special counsel has to consider the prospect of impeachment, notes Steve Chapman. All Trump has to do to avoid it is keep Republicans aligned with him. But instead of striving to ingratiate himself with those who hold his fate in their hands, he seems determined to antagonize them.

Photo Credit: Shawn T Moore/ZUMA Press/Newscom

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