Democrat argues GOP had 'no deep love or loyalty' to Trump

Democrat argues GOP had 'no deep love or loyalty' to Trump
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Rep. Jared HuffmanJared William HuffmanAmerica needs a transformative transportation bill: It will take walking and biking to get there Overnight Energy: Trump credits economic progress to environmental rollbacks | Vote to subpoena Interior delayed by prayer breakfast | Dems hit agency for delaying energy efficiency funds Ex-Obama EPA chief expresses skepticism on carbon capture MORE (D-Calif.) in an interview Monday with CNN predicted more cracks will occur in GOP support of President Trump.

“In my conversations with my Republican colleagues, certainly, there is no, I believe no, deep love or loyalty to this president,” Huffman said in the interview.

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“There is a recognition that he has created a very unforgiving political climate in Republican politics that requires them to stick closely to him, but I think with this latest scandal — with this betrayal of his office, this gross abuse of power that involves our national security — you should see some cracks emerging in that cult of Trumpism.”

To date, there haven't been many cracks in the GOP lawmaker shield surrounding Trump.

No Republicans in Congress are calling for Trump's impeachment, though Rep. Justin AmashJustin AmashBarr ensnared in Roger Stone firestorm House passes bipartisan bill to create women's history museum Weld bets on New Hampshire to fuel long shot bid against Trump MORE (I-Mich.) left the GOP because of Trump and backs impeachment.

A few Republicans have said they are concerned about Trump's phone call with Ukraine's leader pressing for an investigation of former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenJoe Biden lost his fastball — can he get it back before South Carolina? Where the 2020 Democrats stand on taxes Bloomberg hits Sanders supporters in new ad MORE, including Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyDonald Trump: Unrepentant, on the attack and still playing the victim The Hill's Campaign Report: New challenges for 2020 Dems in Nevada, South Carolina Yes, Democrats have to defend their African-American base against Trump MORE (Utah), the GOP's presidential nominee in 2012.

Huffman pointed to Rep. Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerPentagon exodus extends 'concerning,' 'baffling' trend of acting officials in key roles Republican group asks 'what is Trump hiding' in Times Square billboard Koch campaign touts bipartisan group behind ag labor immigration bill MORE's (R-Ill.) tweet on Sunday calling out Trump’s tweet quoting a pastor who said impeachment will cause a “civil war.” 

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“There’s something about what the president did in this Ukrainian scandal, it is a betrayal of the highest order, and I think it has brought a clarity of purpose and unity to our caucus and I think increasingly beyond our caucus,” Huffman said.

Trump has defended his call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky as appropriate. Many Republicans have echoed Trump's comments, calling the attack politically motivated and trying to shift the attention to unfounded allegations against Biden.