DeMint calls Trump deal with Democrats a ‘betrayal’
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 Ryan (R-Wis.) trashed the Democrats’ proposal as “disgraceful.”
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (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 Sasse (R-Neb.) was blunt in his criticism, writing on Twitter that the “Pelosi-Schumer-Trump deal is bad.”