Even Friends Have No Sympathy For Trump’s ‘Obscene Humiliation’ Of Reince Priebus


It’s been a tough six months for Reince Priebus, whose many titles now all have the word “former” in front of them. But then, it’s been a tough decade for Republicans in general. It has to be hard, after all, watching your party — The Party Of Lincoln™! — creep further and further into the depths of insanity. But now that Trump has brought everything to a head, it seems that some GOP members are finally gaining perspective.

From Senator Jeff Flake’s near-condemnation of Trump, Newt Gingrich, and “the politics of personal destruction” to the devastating defeat of Trumpcare at the hands of Republicans, the level of sympathy for Trump-style politics in Washington appears to be dwindling.

Now Reince Priebus’ former colleagues are saying it openly.

Priebus, who during the Republican primary urged Trump to drop out after his infamous Access Hollywood tape surfaced, went on to cozy up to Trump. His friends in the GOP say that was a mistake, and Priebus gets no sympathy for playing along. David French, a senior fellow at the right-wing National Review Institute, responded to a Fox News segment calling Priebus a “Never Trumper” during the primary:

Another neoconservative, MSNBC’s Charlie Sykes, has been friends with Priebus for a long time:

I see him as kind of a tragic figure. What began as a matter of duty on his part—the decision to go all-in on Trump—ended with this scorchingly obscene humiliation. It’s sad, but it’s the result of choices he made — it’s not like he wasn’t warned.

But it was Michael Steele, whose job as chair of the Republican National Committee Reince took over 6 years ago, who had the least sympathy of all. In a piece from Molly Ball of The Atlantic, the Daily Show-muppetized Republican put it bluntly:

This is the bed Reince has been making for himself since he was my general counsel. He’s a guy who’s always positioning himself for the next thing. Karma’s a bitch, ain’t it?

And if you can’t get respect from a goddamn human puppet, maybe you should get what’s coming to you.

Featured image via flickr/Donkey Hotey

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