In response to the rifle and pistol attacks on Republicans in the Alexandria, Virginia, baseball park on Wednesday, Paul Ryan said “An attack on one of us is an attack on all of us” and suggested that they have to stick together in order to survive as individuals. It’s not clear if Ryan meant that all House members have to stick together or if he meant that only all Republican House members must stick together.
If he meant that all members of the House, Republicans and Democrats alike, must stick together there is a very important lesson that I don’t believe Mr. Ryan has learned. When a crisis or a disaster strikes, Democrats behave like patriotic Americans as long as it serves their political ends, and then Democrats revert to being partisan Democrats once again, which means that they insist on winning as a liberal group, and Republicans and the welfare of the nation be damned.
Given the insane and unprecedented negative treatment that Donald Trump, the leader of the Republican Party, has received from Democrats and the leftist press the last six months, Republicans had better adopt the philosophy that they, Republican Senate and House legislators, are being attacked when Trump is attacked, and that they, as Republicans, must stick together and protect each other from the left’s unending attacks and abuse if Trump’s policies are to have any chance of success.