Mutiny, as defined by Merriam Webster, is a forcible or passive resistance against a lawful authority. So is it right to say that the Republican party has committed a quiet mutiny against Donald Trump and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan? I believe it is.
Speaker Ryan recently made statements that his priority is currently preventing a shutdown, and not passing a healthcare bill. This is surprising to me because with the GOP having control of the House, Senate, and White House, repeal of the Affordable Care Act seemsed like it would be the first thing done. However, in Trump’s first 100 days in office, one of the only significant things he has done is nominate Neil Gorsuch for the supreme court. And while it is big that Neil Gorsuch was approved, much of America expected the ACA to be one of the first successes of the Trump Administration.
In late March though, House Republicans pulled their legislation that would have repealed the ACA after realizing they did not have the votes they needed. While pulling the legislation kept the GOP from embarrassment if it didn’t pass, it brought to light the fact that in our two party system, there are strong divisions within each party.
While President Trump is dealing with diplomatic ties and other various presidential duties, Speaker Ryan has been left with his party that is scattered. His approval ratings have been quite low recently, and I believe it has to do with the fact that the GOP isn’t agreeing within itself. Even though the House has a Republican majority, because of splits within itself, the right winged representatives have failed to achieve anything significant. Some Republicans are condemning actions the White House has made, others are calling for Ryan’s head, and others are strongly standing by their party.
While there has undoubtedly been inner conflict in most political parties, the actions of 2017 Republicans take the cake. Between a failure to repeal the ACA and brutal splits within the party, I believe it is safe to say it is a mutiny.
– Leah Vredenbregt
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