Ignoring Stan Adelstein’s call for South Dakota Republicans to show some conscience and repudiate Donald Trump, Senator John Thune continues to run interference for Il Duce and his “I ♥ Saddam” t-shirt. While some of his Republican colleagues gave Trump what for in his Capitol Hill meeting last Thursday, Senator Thune came out saying Republicans need to work with Trump:
Other members present, however, downplayed the tension during the meeting.
“I think those guys have been pretty blunt in their criticism. And I think what he was attempting to do, in my view anyhow, was to sort of say we all want in the end the same thing,” Sen. John Thune of South Dakota, the third-ranking Senate Republican, told CNN about Trump’s remarks. “We want constitutionalists on the Supreme Court. We want a conservative agenda for this country. The only way to get that is if we’re all working together. He’s got his own way of doing that. I thought it was fine” [Maeve Reston, Manu Raju, and Ted Barrett, “Trump Clashes with GOP Critic,” CNN.com, 2016.07.08].
Rep. Noem was similarly nonchalant about Trump’s Capitol Hill arm-twisting, saying there was “nothing new” and “no controversy.”
According to Talking Points Memo, Thune is still deciding whether to attend the Republican National Convention next week in Cleveland. Little buddy Senator Mike Rounds, however, is on the Going list.