John Cornyn: I Broke With Trump Plenty Of Times, But Kept My Opposition Private
Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) claims he has at times opposed President Trump’s agenda on issues like trade, budget deficits and border security but chose to voice his disagreement in private rather than in public statements.
The Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports:
During a meeting with the Fort Worth Star-Telegram Editorial Board, Cornyn was asked if he and other Republicans regretted not pushing Trump to combat the COVID-19 virus more aggressively, or rein in some of his political stances that were unpopular or stood little chance of passing in Congress.
Cornyn initially described his relationship with Trump as “maybe like a lot of women who get married and think they’re going to change their spouse, and that doesn’t usually work out very well.”
- The Republican senator said it has become clear that there is no changing the president, telling the board: “He is who he is. You either love him or hate him, and there’s not much in between. What I tried to do is not get into public confrontations and fights with him because, as I’ve observed, those usually don’t end too well.”
- Cornyn said by keeping his disagreements private, it “has allowed me to be much more effective, I believe, than to satisfy those who say I ought to call him out or get into a public fight with him.”
- However, when the senator has approved of Trump’s decisions and policy positions, he has been more than willing to publicly praise the president.
- The Star-Telegram noted that in Cornyn’s race against Democrat challenger MJ Hegar, “both candidates are vying for undecided voters during an extraordinary election season in which many once-solid Republican public office seats are now in reach for Democrats.”
- Cornyn currently holds a small lead over his Democratic opponent.