Trump foments the Republican civil war of 2017

Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonTrump cannot blame policy of separating children on Obama North Korea looked to set up communications back channel through Kushner: report North America wins 2026 bid to host World Cup after lobbying from Trump MORE, the secretary of State, reportedly believes President Donald Trump is a moron.

Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerOn The Money — Sponsored by Prudential — Senators hammers Ross on Trump tariffs | EU levies tariffs on US goods | Senate rejects Trump plan to claw back spending Senators hammer Ross over Trump tariffs GOP senator demands details on 'damaging' tariffs MORE (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has now warned the nation that the Republican president could start World War III.

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMulvaney aims to cement CFPB legacy by ensuring successor's confirmation Trump mocks McCain at Nevada rally Don’t disrespect McCain by torpedoing his clean National Defense Authorization Act MORE (R-Ariz.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has been repeatedly insulted and attacked by the Republican commander in chief while he defends without fear or favor what he believes is right for our country — as he always has and always will. 

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Sen. Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellMulvaney aims to cement CFPB legacy by ensuring successor's confirmation Senate left in limbo by Trump tweets, House delays Political figures pay tribute to Charles Krauthammer MORE (R-Ky.), the GOP majority leader, has faced repeated attacks, insults and threats from the Republican president of the United States.

Sen. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeMcSally takes hard line on immigration in Arizona primary Flake threatens to limit Trump court nominees: report Poll: McSally holds 14-point lead in Arizona GOP Senate primary MORE (R-Ariz.), who has almost always voted with the Republican president in the Senate, has written a book harshly criticizing the Republican president who now seeks to politically destroy him.

Stephen Bannon, who is bidding to become the most powerful Republican in the nation, has declared political war against the GOP leaders in Congress and seeks to unseat a growing number of Republicans in the Senate and House who violate what he considers to be the proper party line.

Sen. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsSenate Gang of Four to meet next week on immigration Republicans agree — it’s only a matter of time for Scott Pruitt Skyrocketing insulin prices provoke new outrage MORE (R-Maine), who has courageously voted against Republican health-care plans that many observers believe would gravely damage the national health-care system, is considering leaving the Senate and running for governor, which would send shock waves through the Senate and endanger GOP control of what was formerly called the great deliberative body.

Former Republican Presidents George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush have spoken out forcefully for racial unity and justice after the current Republican president made bitterly divisive comments about the recent march of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va.

While Republican President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP lawmakers preparing to vote on bill allowing migrant children to be detained longer than 20 days: report Wasserman Schultz: Infants separated from their parents are in Florida immigrant shelters Ex-White House ethics chief: Sarah Sanders tweet violates ethics laws MORE has called Republican-led congressional investigations of Russian attacks against American democracy a hoax, and compared the CIA to Nazi Germany, virtually every GOP member of the Senate and House has publicly disagreed with or repudiated Trump’s refusal to acknowledge and condemn the Russian attacks against our country’s democracy.

While a long and growing list of leading Republican and conservative opinion writers have harshly condemned the Republican president with one stinging rebuke after another, that Republican president continues his attack against the free press and what he falsely calls fake news, which includes the views of many leading conservative and Republican columnists of the nation.

In March, the Wall Street Journal editorial board, which can fairly be called a respected bastion of conservative Republican thought, harshly challenged the credibility of the current Republican president and charged that his “falsehoods are eroding public trust at home and abroad.”

Former Republican congressman Joe Scarborough, host of "Morning Joe" on MSNBC, has regularly offered cogent and biting critiques of Trump as a principled conservative on his show. A long list of leading corporate CEOs, many of them lifetime Republicans, resigned from Trump's official business commissions after his divisive comments about Charlottesville.

At this moment, Stephen Bannon is reportedly trying to organize a series of primary challenges to defeat prominent Republicans who now hold elective office. Many Republicans privately believe Bannon is waging an ideological war against the principles of Republicanism that they have held dear for generations.

While official Washington is now consumed by the strange idiosyncrasies of the Republican president and the bitter national divisions he appears determined to create and exacerbate, an increasing and ominous number of respected Republican legislators are deciding to retire from their posts and end their service in Washington.

While the Republican president has not achieved one single victory on any part of his legislative program in the Republican Congress, the Republican president has reportedly asked Republican donors to stop giving support to Republican legislators who meet with his disapproval.

While the Republican chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee publicly warns about the danger of the Republican president causing World War III, there are persistent reports of back channels created among leading military commanders and senior Republican legislators designed to prevent or minimize the damage that they fear the Republican president will create for the security of our country.

If the case being offered is that the current Republican president is unfit for the office he holds, the witnesses for this case, presented here, are some of the most distinguished and respected Republicans and conservatives in the land.

While our public discourse is not immune to overstatement and hyperbole, it is neither overstatement nor hyperbole to suggest that the current Republican president appears determined to bitterly divide Americans against each other, and in the process, he is bitterly dividing Republicans against each other as well.

Someday, historians will write about the GOP civil war that began in 2017 and appears destined to continue through 2018 and beyond.

Republican patriots, Democratic patriots and politically independent patriots might say a prayer for the future of our country, until the matters discussed here are resolved.

Brent Budowsky was an aide to former Sen. Lloyd Bentsen (D-Texas) and former Rep. Bill Alexander (D-Ark.), then-chief deputy majority whip of the House. He holds an LL.M. in international financial law from the London School of Economics.