Letters to the Editor

Jones letter: Republicans

The current lovefest between Trump and Republican leaders would be more believable if a “fake news” journalist hadn’t exposed how they actually feel about their president.

During a discussion of Russian hacking of the DNC, Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy remarked, “There’s two people I think Putin pays: Rohrabacher and Trump,” adding “Swear to God” for emphasis.

Speaker of the House Paul Ryan quickly stated, “This is an off the record.” When some lawmakers laughed, Ryan repeated, “No leaks all right? This is how we know we’re a family here.”

Rep. Steve Scalise agreed. “That’s how you know we’re tight.” Confirming the need for secrecy, Paul Ryan added, “What’s said in the family, stays in the family.”

When asked by a journalist if the discussion reported by The Washington Post had taken place, Republican leaders first denied it had ever happened. When told there was a recording of the meeting, they quickly abandoned the denial lie and suggested the remarks about Trump were clearly made as a joke.

Rather than dismiss this as “politics as usual,” voters who sincerely want to clean out the swamp should start a search for politicians willing to put country ahead of party loyalty and re-election ambitions.

Alston Jones, Boise