Donald Trump made a mistake. He asked for something that Mitch McConnell doesn’t want. But anyone who demands something in American politics that Mitch McConnell, the Republican majority leader in the Senate, does not want, has a problem.
Specifically, it is about the President’s wish that the emergency aid for needy Americans in the recently passed Corona aid package is increased from 600 to 2000 dollars. He only signed the law at all, said Trump, because he had been assured that this increase would come – and that the Senate would also once again deal with the issue of electoral fraud and review the legislation to protect social media.
Trump is interested in the latter two topics because he continues to claim without any basis that the election was stolen from him, and because it annoys him that Twitter has recently been warning his lies. However, McConnell has no interest in these subjects.
Republicans find emergency aid of $ 2,000 too expensive
The majority of Republicans are against increasing the emergency aid to $ 2,000. They consider the measure to be too expensive, and they also believe that in the medium term, President-elect Joe Biden will benefit if the state distributes money too generously.
Some of Trump’s most loyal supporters in the Senate have already said they would comply with his request for an increase. Unsurprisingly, his most loyal supporters would also agree if Trump asked them to wear a dog suit and say “woof”.
It’s the usual suspects, on the front lines Lindsey Graham from South Carolina and Marco Rubio from Florida. Most senators, however, know, first, that Trump’s time is up and, second, that McConnell will remain the most powerful man in the party for the foreseeable future. So you have no interest in messing with him.
Now McConnell is not so stupid that he seeks open confrontation and forces the senators to make a decision for him and against Trump. So what’s the easiest way to get the $ 2,000 problem off the table? He combines it with the other two issues Trump raised and wraps it all into a single bill.
It’s as simple as it is ingenious. With that he could announce – again with a serious expression and a deep voice – that he had exactly met the wishes of the president. At the same time, he would have elegantly brushed all three issues off the table, because the Democrats would never approve a law that said there might have been fraud in the November election.
McConnell purposefully mixes up several topics in one pot
Although Trump currently spends many hours on the golf course every day, he still seems to have noticed that something is not going well for him. That he, the self-proclaimed biggest dealmaker, is being played like a schoolboy by his fellow party members according to all the rules of political art and that there is nothing he can do about it.
So he did what he always does. He had an outburst on Twitter and didn’t skimp on capital letters: If Republicans weren’t longing for death, they’d have to raise payments to $ 2,000 immediately. Mitch McConnell must have followed the outbreak with great serenity.