Pulitzer Prize-winning presidential historian Jon Meacham said Tuesday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” that Republicans “sold their soul” to President Trump for power and “the check bounced.”
“I think Republicans who are only now saying out loud what they had to know in their hearts, which was that ultimately this unconventional nominee — they sold their soul for power and the check bounced,” Meacham said.
“They haven’t gotten what they wanted,” Meacham said of the GOP. “They have a Supreme Court justice [Neil Gorsuch], they have a tax bill, but you know what? One of those other Republican presidents who would be a more conventional and dignified figure would have given them that and they wouldn’t have to be pulling out of races saying that this president is untenable.”
“So I think this late discovery of what should have been discernible is fascinating,” Meacham said.
Co-host and former GOP congressman Joe Scarborough agreed that Republicans will pay a price “this fall.”
“I’m a big believer in having the courage to compromise, having the courage to be pragmatic and meet people halfway,” Scarborough said. “But this Republican Party basically did a deal with a man who as [Speaker] Paul Ryan said the day or two before he endorsed him was racist and made one of the most racist comments you could make and then he went ahead and endorsed him.”
“We’ve seen that time and time and time again. There’s some things that you don’t compromise on and if somebody gets your endorsement, it has to come at a price, and that price has never been paid by Donald Trump. And now the price is going to be passed on to the Republican Party this fall,” Scarborough concluded.
The Hill added:
Their comments come shortly after a recent Fox News poll showed Democrats’ advantage over Republicans in the midterms elections is narrowing.
According to the poll, Democratic candidates are ahead of Republicans by only 5 points on a generic ballot. Forty-six percent of voters said they would support Democratic candidates in the midterms, while 41 percent said they planned to back Republicans.
A Fox News poll in October showed Democrats were leading by 15 points on the generic ballot.
On the RealClearPolitics average of polls, the generic ballot lead for Democrats is 5.8 points, down from a 10.7-point lead on Oct. 30.