Jim DeMint, a former U.S. senator and Tea Party leader, decried President Trump's move to accept a deal with Democratic leaders on a short-term debt ceiling increase, saying Wednesday that it was a "betrayal" of Republican principles.
"It’s just a betrayal of everything we’ve been talking about for years as Republicans," DeMint told Politico. "What the president’s going to find is … if they bet on Democratic votes they better plan on [giving up] a lot more than they think they’re going to."
DeMint, who was ousted as the conservative Heritage Foundation's president earlier this year, has long been an ardent defender of Trump.
The deal, which Trump cut with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), would temporarily stave off the threat of a government shutdown until December.
But Republicans sought on Wednesday to distance themselves from the plan.
Not an hour earlier before Trump announced the deal had Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book Paul Ryan says it's 'really clear' Biden won election: 'It was not rigged. It was not stolen' Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms MORE (R-Wis.) trashed the Democrats' proposal as "disgraceful."
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOn The Money — Democrats rush to finish off infrastructure Biden employs flurry of meetings to unite warring factions GOP senators say Biden COVID-19 strategy has 'exacerbated vaccine hesitancy' MORE (R-Ky.) told reporters that he would support the debt-ceiling deal, but noted that it was indeed one struck without the input of congressional Republicans.
And Sen. Ben SasseBen SassePresident of newly recognized union for adult performers boosts membership Romney blasts Biden over those left in Afghanistan: 'Bring them home' Progressives breathe sigh of relief after Afghan withdrawal MORE (R-Neb.) was blunt in his criticism, writing on Twitter that the "Pelosi-Schumer-Trump deal is bad."