What does the unlikely return of Michael Grimm tell us about the Republican Party in the Trump era? Elected to Congress in 2010, Grimm represented a district that includes all of Staten Island and a chunk of Brooklyn. It is the only reliably Republican seat in New York City, and Grimm was reelected in 2012 and 2014, the last time while he was under federal indictment. He resigned his seat later that year after pleading guilty to tax evasion. And now he wants his old job back. "I think the overall experience has made me stronger," Grimm tells me about his experience behind bars, although he's otherwise reluctant to say prison changed him. "It gave me even more resolve to serve… I think I've become an even stronger Constitutionalist, if you will. I've certainly become a bit more conservative, and more leery of government overreach, and so on." Grimm was released in May 2016 after a seven-month stint at the McKean Federal Correctional Institute in Western Pennsylvania. … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Commentary: Michael Grimm’s Republican Party
Donald Trump said Sunday that the Republican Party isn't treating him well, suggesting he could go back on his pledge to support the eventual Republican nominee in the 2016 White House race if the party establishment keeps trying to take him down. "I've been very good, I've been very straight and honest and honorable and they're not treating me right," he said on CBS' "Face the Nation." "You look at the way they stake the audiences in the debates ... they have this lightweight Senator Marco Rubio saying terrible things, just personal, terrible things." He didn't say outright that he would break the GOP loyalty pledge, but added that he doesn't feel the Republican Party has held up its end of the bargain--and that he wanted to remind them that he represents "millions of people" who have voted for him thus far. "I signed a pledge and I will, you know, abide by the pledge unless they default, but as far as I'm concerned they're defaulting," he said. As for his tax returns, which have … [Read more...] about Donald Trump: Republican Party “not treating me right”
On Election Day in 2016, a meme showed up on Instagram under the Republican Party name, with a picture of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton photoshopped into a garbage truck and Donald Trump giving a thumbs-up. Under the party's elephant mascot, the picture read, "Trash Pickup - November 9, 2016," while the caption said, "Time to take out the trash America!" The garbage meme went out to more than 270,000 followers and received more than 29,000 likes. The GOP never commented on the picture. In fact, it's never commented on any of the 800-plus often-controversial posts that @RepublicanParty has made on Instagram because it's not an official account. The Republican National Committee uses the handle @GOP on Instagram. But here's the kicker: @RepublicanParty boasts 448,000 followers -- more than quadruple the 105,000 people following the verified GOP account. That's worrisome, considering the content shared on @RepublicanParty and the likelihood some people mistakenly believe it's … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo How the Republican Party gets played on Instagram
Sen. Jeff Flake says the Republican Party has "lost its way," and is urging members to turn back to what he calls "traditional conservatism" -- after a particularly contentious week in Washington. "We've given in to nativism and protectionism. And I think that if we're going to be a governing party in the future and a majority party we've got to go back to traditional conservatism," Flake said Sunday on "Face the Nation." In his new book, "Conscience of a Conservative: A Rejection of Destructive Politics and a Return to Principle," the Arizona Republican -- who will likely face challenges in his race for reelection next year -- outlines some of his differences with President Trump. Transcript: Sen. Jeff Flake on "Face the Nation" Flake was reluctant to endorse Mr. Trump in the days leading up to the 2016 election, criticizing Mr. Trump for his pivots on immigration, a major issue for the senator whose state shares a border with Mexico. Since then, Flake has … [Read more...] about Sen. Jeff Flake says Republican Party has “lost its way”
"If there was a wall between Republicans and Donald Trump, it's now 10 feet taller," says John Dickerson, CBS News' political director and anchor of "Face the Nation." Donald Trump's careful language surrounding support from former KKK leader David Duke appears to be causing a bigger rift within the party. As Dickerson points out, it seems Trump may have been trying to avoid offending any Southern voters by calling Duke a bigot. "What House and Senate leaders are worried about, is how its it going to look in the Fall when they have to respond to every incendiary thing he says?" Some Republicans Dickerson spoke to mused ways to take the nomination from Trump at the convention, or insert a third party candidate in the mix. To hear what else Dickerson had to say about the state of the Republican party, watch the video above. … [Read more...] about Can the Republican party stop Donald Trump?