Today it became known that Donald Trump wanted to wait until after the election to pass a law to ease the coronavirus. For now, the president wants to focus on his Supreme Court appointment of Amy Coney Barrett.
The decision is likely to seriously jeopardize Trump's re-election offer. But he's not alone in this. The stimulus punt is also likely to hurt a number of Republican Congressmen and Senators who share the ballot with him.
Susan Collins is possibly the hardest hit of all current lawmakers. She is one of two GOP Senators who have declared that she will not vote for Coney Barrett's endorsement in an election year.
The longtime senator said in a statement: "It is a big mistake to wait until after the election to come to an agreement on the next aid package for Covid-19. I have already contacted the finance minister, one of the main negotiators, and several of my senate colleagues. "
I would pay to see the look on the faces of every Republican senator standing for re-election.
– Jon Favreau (@jonfavs) October 6, 2020
Of course, Senate Republicans don't necessarily have to listen to orders from the president. And Collins isn't alone when it comes to being vulnerable. Lawmakers like Joni Ernst, Thom Tillis, Cory Gardner, John Cornyn, Steve Daines and even Lindsey Graham were likely upset by Trump's announcement.
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi met Trump and all of his GOP enablers on Tuesday. She said in a statement: "President Trump showed his true colors: he put himself first at the country's expense, with the full complicity of GOP members of Congress. "
Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based policy and technology writer. His work has been featured on psfk.com, foxsports.com and hillreporter.com. He likes sports, politics, comics, and spends time with his family on the waterfront.