Dem Rep: “I Do Think at Some Level We Have to be Functioning as a Government"
A member in good standing of the People's Republic of Resistanstan faces the fact that some Dem voters might want something other than hating Trump.
“I do think at some level we have to be functioning as a government, obviously, while this is going on. On the other hand, it does give me some angst, the fact we’re treating what is going on around us as very normal when it’s not very normal,” said Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.).
On some level.
Occasionally, on some level, Rube has to do his job. Angsty stuff.
Democrats are growing skeptical about working with President Trump on an infrastructure deal, fearing it would help him score political points as he campaigns for reelection.
The Dems want infrastructure, but they're worried that it might help Trump. That's from the same party that keeps chanting country over party.
They argue it’s necessary to pursue infrastructure, an issue they campaigned on last year when they won back the House, and if it’s Trump who signs an infrastructure package into law, so be it.
The competing interests present a tricky situation for Democrats agitating to hold Trump accountable.
The competing interests of undermining the government and working in the government.
It's a common dilemma for lefties.
Also known as treason.
Pelosi defended working with Trump on infrastructure in a recent interview, arguing that Democrats have an obligation to try to secure an infrastructure measure despite the administration’s resistance to their investigations.
“People say to me, ‘How can you go talk to him about infrastructure when they won’t give us the information for the Mueller report?’ and I say, ‘I have to.’ If we think that there’s a way that we can build the infrastructure of our country working in a bipartisan way, we have that responsibility. "
This is now a shocking position among the Dems.
But even Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), a progressive freshman who’s been one of the most outspoken House lawmakers calling for Trump’s impeachment, said Democrats should try to get something done on infrastructure.
“We still have to do our jobs,” Tlaib said.
It is what you're being paid for.