Sen. Durbin: ‘We hear the silence of the lambs’ from Republicans on Trump

Democratic U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin on Sunday said Republicans in Congress should say more about “unpredictable, unprepared, unstable behavior” by President Donald Trump.

“These are things that I think should be addressed by his own party, but instead we hear the silence of the lambs,” Durbin said during an appearance on NBC’s “Meet the Press.” “Basically quiet, have nothing to say when it comes to these events, except for a few.”

Durbin had been asked about the recent op-ed in The New York Times from a “senior administration official” who said there was a group in the White House keeping government functioning and often working against the president. Durbin’s attempt to put pressure on Republicans comes as GOP members of Congress have faced questions about presidential controversies in their re-election bids.

In tweets on Saturday, Trump brought up both the November election and his own re-election bid in 2020.

“Republicans are doing really well with the Senate Midterms,” Trump tweeted on Saturday. “Races that we were not even thinking about winning are now very close, or even leading. Election night will be very interesting indeed!”

“The Dems have tried every trick in the playbook-call me everything under the sun,” he tweeted. “But if I’m all of those terrible things, how come I beat them so badly, 306-223? Maybe they’re just not very good! The fact is they are going CRAZY only because they know they can’t beat me in 2020!”

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Later in the interview, Durbin was asked about a critique that Democrats are trying to put on a show for their base of voters during the confirmation hearings of Trump’s Supreme Court appointee Brett Kavanaugh.

“We need to be more civil to one other,” Durbin said. “We need to obviously do our job. But at the end of the day, we need to have a focus on the fact that this country moves forward when we do it in a positive way, with mutual tolerance and forbearance, and I will tell you we have not seen that from this president.”

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September 9, 2018 at 09:21PM

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