By BILLIE HANDSONAssociated PressDemocratic lawmakers on Monday blasted GOP leaders for their response to President Donald Trump’s Twitter tirade against the Republican party.
The reaction from GOP leaders has been a disgrace, said House Speaker Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California.
It is time for leadership to apologize for its response.
The Republicans have the power to take action and we are here to defend the American people.
But Republicans failed to act.
Instead, they have taken a knee, said Rep. Mike Coffman, a Democrat from Colorado.
Republicans are being cowardly, said GOP Rep. David Brat of Virginia.
I think that this has been an unprecedented breach of decorum.
I would like to see the Republicans take a knee and show respect for our president.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of California called it a “complete betrayal” and said it would not end the feud.
House Speaker Paul Ryan, who has led the GOP through several weeks of gridlock and failed negotiations, said he did not think the GOP leadership would make the same mistake again.
It’s a complete betrayal of the Republican Party and of the country.
I do think the Republican leadership needs to step up and say something, but it needs to be done.
House Democratic Leader Nancy Rowland, who had been in a meeting Monday morning with members of the leadership team, told reporters Trump’s tweet was “unpresidential and inappropriate” and that he should apologize.
But House Minority Leader James Clyburn, a South Carolina Democrat, said it was up to the Republican conference to respond.
The leadership has not been clear about whether Trump’s comments will be made public or not, Clyburn said.
It doesn’t mean they will not be released.
It means that the GOP will not take action until the president apologizes and the Republicans stand up for the values and the principles that make America great again.
Republican leadership is now in a difficult spot because the president has taken the unprecedented step of making a public statement and the GOP needs to do more than just sit back and do nothing.
Clyburn said Trump’s words and actions had to be made available to the public and to his base.
We need to get this right, Clybourn said.