Debbie Wasserman Schultz say GOP getting what it deserves


Ridiculing the Republican National Committee’s meeting in her district, Democrats’ leader U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz said Thursday the GOP is getting what it deserves.

Wasserman Schultz of Weston and U.S. Rep. Ted Deutch of Margate held a telephone press conference Thursday to respond to the RNC’s spring meeting in Hollywood. On Wednesday it drew the Republican’s second- and third-place presidential candidates, U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

Wasserman Schultz charged that both Cruz and Kasich are there trying to figure out a way to stop Donald Trump outside of the primary process. And both, she suggested, may have plenty of interested partners in a GOP that is uncomfortable with the front-runner. However, RNC chairman Reince Priebus reportedly has has made it clear he is not interested in any rules changes for the nominating process.

“It’s been kind of amusing to see Republicans trying to distance themselves from their presumptive nominee,” Wasserman Schultz said. “But the Republican party just doesn’t get it. Donald Trump is the face of the GOP. His offensive, divisive misogynistic campaign is deeply imbedded and engrained in the party. It is their MO.

“The GOP has made their bed, and now they have Trump in it,” she declared.

She also dismissed Cruz as someone desperately trying to find a way to force a brokered convention, and ridiculed Kasich as someone who can’t win anything but his own state, saying he is on a “fools mission.”

Deutch called it a misconception that Trump is somehow an outsider for the Republican Party.

He’ s no such thing. He’s exactly the opposite. He’s the natural extension of the divisive, obstructionist do nothing that we’ve been seeing here on Capitol Hill for years,” he said.

Neither of them stayed long to take questions from the media about their statements. Wasserman Schultz abruptly shut down the press conference after one question – about Florida congressional races – citing an unexpected, urgent vote call in Congress.



Scott Powers

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