During an appearance on NBC’s “Meet The Press” on Sunday, Rep. Peter Meijer (R-Mich.) appeared to blame President Joe Biden’s plan to rebuild the country’s infrastructure for the Republicans’ inability to move on from Donald Trump.
Meijer said Republicans “have no other option” than to back Trump, due to President Biden’s actions in its first year in office.
NBC host Chuck Todd started off by citing Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who following the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol briefly broke from Trump during a speech on the Senate floor, saying, “Enough is enough.”
“In the words of Lindsey Graham, ‘Enough is enough.’ I’m out of here, right? I’m done with this. The party is going to move on. Trump’s gonna be left behind. Boy, did that not happen. Why do you think that didn’t happen?” Todd asked Meijer.
Meijer said, “there was no alternative. There was no other path.”
“Given how President Biden, when he was elected into office, you know, said he would be moderate and look for bipartisan solutions. But then after, and, frankly, I blame the former president for this, after we lost the two Senate seats in Georgia and the Senate flipped, it became an exercise in trying to be an LBJ- or FDR-style presidency and enact transformational change in the absence of any compelling mandate from the American people to do so,” Meijer said before insisting that “there’s no other option right now in the Republican Party.”
Asked by Todd why it is not the responsibility of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to get rid of Trump, Meijer avoided a direct answer by citing the stark polarization between the two parties.
“We have a two-party system. And in the best-case scenario, each party challenges the other to do better, to be better, to have a scenario where iron sharpens iron,” Meijer said.
“Instead, if you have one party plumbing to the depths and the other just use that excuse to go further, to go more to an extreme, to go more away from any sort of governing consensus and towards trying to enact whatever the will of the most extreme constituency they have is, you know, that is a recipe for both parties to drive further away from anything that resembles serving the American people as a whole,” he added.
Watch the interview below via NBC News:
WATCH: After January 6th, Republicans like Lindsey Graham said “enough is enough” when it came to Trump. So why are Republicans still backing the former president?@RepMeijer: “At the end of the day, there's no other option right now in the Republican Party.” pic.twitter.com/OnUazUWu6d
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