In my previous post I discussed Senator Roger Wicker’s position on Trump’s agenda, specifically federal spending and entitlements. Wicker will want Mississippi voters to know that he supports cutting spending and reforming entitlements but in reality, as far as his record is concerned, he most certainly does not, at least not in any meaningful way.
If you follow his press releases and Facebook posts, Wicker has shown loyalty to Trump’s agenda, whether it be the budget or tax reform or immigration. That seems to be what his re-election campaign will be centered on. One scorecard, the FiveThirtyEight blog, shows him supporting the President 96 percent of the time.
But this is sheer deviousness on Wicker’s part. The reality is far different, for he has found the perfect smokescreen to hide behind.
Democrats and Big Government Republicans are using the Senate filibuster as their number one weapon to stop Trump and Wicker is on-board with it. He’s not taking part in the filibusters, mind you, but he does support keeping it intact.
According to Rob Chambers, Vice President of AFA Action, a division of the American Family Association based in Mississippi, the filibuster “is nothing more than a mechanism for Democrats and liberal Republicans to further capitulate to the left.”
You had Luther Strange [the Alabama senator ousted by Roy Moore in a primary] – and now the poster boy for the establishment is going to be Roger Wicker. He’s up for re-election next year.
Senator Wicker is one of the 30 who has basically dug in his heels in maintaining his support for the Democratic opposition and [Democrats’] use of the filibuster to block any conservative legislation moving forward.
And President Trump has asked Republicans in the Senate to get rid of it:
But Wicker continues to obstruct. Earlier this year, a letter written by Susan Collins and Chris Coons, one a liberal Republican, the other a liberal Democrat, was signed by 61 members of the Senate (37 Democrats and 24 Republicans) and sent to Mitch McConnell and Chuck Schumer. This overwhelming majority of Senators of both parties wanted to keep the filibuster in place to preserve longstanding Senate tradition. Roger Wicker, along with 23 of his GOP colleagues, signed the letter.
According to AFA Action, there are now 30 Republican Senators who support Democratic obstruction, including both Wicker and Thad Cochran.
This tactic allows Wicker and liberal Republicans like him to shield themselves and protect their right flank. He can support Trump’s agenda, no matter what the policies are, then sit back while the Democrats, with help from GOP Trump Haters in the Senate, block the bills with the filibuster, a filibuster that he refuses to do away with.
So Roger Wicker may say he supports Trump but by helping block efforts to end the filibuster, the weapon Democrats and liberal Republicans will use and have used to obstruct the President, is all the proof anyone needs that Wicker is no conservative and not a real supporter of Trump. He is in campaign mode and will certainly revert back to his old established ways if he is re-elected next year.