Trump-Weary GOP Braces for a Wave of Retirements from Congressional Republicans
President Donald Trump’s low approval ratings and erratic behavior reportedly have multiple incumbent Republican lawmakers eyeing an exit strategy.
Rep. Charlie Dent (R-PA), a key Republican moderate in a swing district, announced Thursday that he would not be seeking another term in office.
However, sources tell New York Times reporter Jonathan Martin that Dent’s departure is just the start of what could be a wave of retirements from lawmakers who no longer want to deal with the controversies that regularly erupt out of the White House.
“Two GOP pros msg me to say re: House retirements – this only the start,” Martin wrote on Twitter Thursday night.
Two GOP pros msg me to say re: House retirements - this only the start...— Jonathan Martin (@Jonathan Martin)1504830280.0
In a followup tweet, Martin said that another source had chimed in to say it wasn’t only moderates who were getting tired of Trump-related drama — it seems more conservative members are getting ready to revolt as well.
A third GOP pro texts to say he knows of more "not all are moderates. Conservatives are tired of this shit too" https://t.co/bCB3hQumT3— Jonathan Martin (@Jonathan Martin)1504835676.0
“Not all are moderates,” the source told Martin. “Conservatives are tired of this sh*t too.”