Prominent Republican Senators Chastise Trump’s Response To Protests, And He Doesn’t Listen

( There are some people within President Donald Trump’s own party that are not in favor of how he’s handling the unrest across the country after the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police officers.

Some Republican senators urged a more cautious and caring approach than the one the president has adopted thus far. They are concerned that fighting violence with threats of violence will continue to divide the country even further than it already is.

As John Thune, the Senate Majority Whip, said Trump’s tweets about the situation have been “not helpful” in the situation.

“I think the country is definitely looking for healing and for calm, and I think that’s the tone the President needs to project when talking about what is happening around the country,” Thune said. “I think he needs to strike a tone that fits the level of frustration the country’s experiencing right now, and I hope in the future, he’ll do that.”

Pennsylvania Senator Pat Toomey said of Trump:

“Some of his tweets have not been helpful. It would be helpful if he would change the tone of his message.”

West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito said:

“We are obviously in a divisive situation right now that is escalating. He needs to make more unifying comments.”

From the Senate floor, Susan Collins, from Maine, said Trump needs “to help heal the racial division,” saying:

“The President should help to heal the racial divisions in this country. It is at times like this that a President needs to speak to the nation, to pledge to right wrongs and to calm inflamed passions.”

On Sunday, Senator Tim Scott, who is the only black Republican member of Senate, said:

“Those are not constructive tweets without any question. I will say this, I spoke with the President (Saturday) morning, and he and I had a good conversation about the next steps. I told him what I am going to tell you. I told him, ‘Mr. President, it helps us when you focus on the death, the unjustified in my opinion, the criminal death of George Floyd.'”

Of course, all of these warnings and criticisms of Trump all happened before the president decided to take a hardline stance against the violent protestors, threatening military-like action to stop them. Then, he put those threats into action as police cleared out non-violent protestors with tear gas as he made his way to a church to make a speech.

Before telling the nation that he was the “president of law and order,” Trump held a private conference call with governors, where he chastised local leaders for not doing more to stop the violence and looting. According to an audio recording that CNN obtained, Trump said to the governors:

“You have to dominate or you’ll look like a bunch of jerks. You have to arrest and try people.”

Now that all this has transpired, it’ll be interesting to see whether the president has created an even bigger chasm between him and some of the Republican leadership in the Senate.