Goodlatte protects Trump while blocking bipartisan DACA plan

A new Washington Post report on the White House meeting last week where President Trump spoke abusively about immigrants to the US from Haiti and Africa makes two things clear:

— Congressman Goodlatte, who was at the meeting, raised no objection to Trump’s racist remarks.

— Goodlatte helped kill a bipartisan agreement on immigration that would extend protections for DACA recipients who were brought to the US illegally as children.

Trump told the group he wasn’t interested in the terms of the bipartisan deal that [Democratic Senator Dick] Durbin and [Republican Senator Lindsey] Graham had been putting together. And as he shrugged off suggestions from Durbin and others, the president called nations from Africa “shithole countries,” denigrated Haiti and grew angry. The meeting was short, tense and often dominated by loud cross-talk and swearing, according to Republicans and Democrats familiar with the meeting.
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White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly was in the room and was largely stone-faced, not giving any visible reaction when Trump said “shithole countries” or when he said Haitians should not be part of any deal, White House advisers said.

At one point, Graham told Trump he should use different language to discuss immigration, people briefed on the meeting said.

As Trump batted back the Democrats, he was urged on by Republican lawmakers. Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) told Graham and Durbin their proposal would not fly, and he told the group they should instead embrace his more conservative bill. Durbin was not interested, White House officials said.
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[S]ome White House officials, including conservative adviser Stephen Miller, feared that Graham and Durbin would try to trick Trump into signing a bill that was damaging to him and would hurt him with his political base. As word trickled out Thursday morning on Capitol Hill that Durbin and Graham were heading over to the White House, legislative affairs director Marc Short began to make calls to lawmakers and shared many of Miller’s concerns.

Soon, Goodlatte, one of the more conservative House members on immigration, was headed to the White House. Trump also called House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and asked him to come, McCarthy said. Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) and Cotton were also invited to rush over.

So when Trump changed his mind and decided he didn’t want a bipartisan compromise on immigration after all, Goodlatte was more than willing to help scuttle the plan– while failing to raise any objection to Trump’s vulgar dismissal of immigrants from certain countries.

And now Goodlatte won’t even speak about what happened at the meeting. This is a complicit and dishonorable man who cannot leave Congress soon enough.

Will Goodlatte stand up for that which is right and true?

A tweet from Congressman Goodlatte on Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

In view of Goodlatte’s craven silence about President Trump’s appalling and racist remarks about immigrants at a White House meeting Thursday which he attended, I would like to remind the congressman of another quote from Dr. King:

“A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true.”

What say you, Congressman?

The Washington Post reports that Congressman Goodlatte was at the meeting Thursday at the White House where President Trump reportedly complained about immigration from “shithole countries” like Haiti and the African countries.

The scene played out hurriedly in the morning. [Senator Lindsey] Graham and [Senator Dick] Durbin thought they would be meeting with Trump alone and were surprised to find immigration hard-liners such as Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) at the meeting. White House and Capitol Hill aides say Stephen Miller, the president’s top immigration official, was concerned there could be a deal proposed that was too liberal and made sure conservative lawmakers were present.

For what it’s worth, Trump has denied using the term “shithole.” But Senator Durbin affirmed the president did just that.

So what has Goodlatte had to say about this? Nothing so far, on his website, his Twitter feed or his Facebook page. Will he back up Trump’s denial or will he tell the truth? (Most likely he’ll do neither explicitly.) And will he finally work up the nerve to utter a critical word about the president?

Goodlatte’s contact information is here.

Stay tuned.

Retiring Goodlatte complains about the internet

Congressman Goodlatte is among a large and increasing number of federal legislators (mostly Republicans) who have announced that they won’t seek reelection this year. They are featured in an article at Politico.

While the retiring members expressed a number of different complaints about the way Congress functions (or malfunctions), Goodlatte was quoted as saying:

“One of the problems with the internet is it creates a sense on the part of some people that it’s all just a referendum.”

It’s not exactly clear what Goodlatte means, but it’s possible he is expressing frustration with the amount of online criticism he he has been receiving from Sixth District constituents since the 2016 election and his loyal support for President Trump’s agenda. While we have no idea of the ratio of support to opposition he receives via email (he never told us how many messages of opposition he got for his efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act compared to messages of support),  his Facebook page and Twitter account are filled with overwhelmingly hostile comments on his positions on health care, taxes, net neutrality and other issues.

If Goodlatte is so unhappy with internet “referendums,” you might think he would long for face-to-face contact with his constituents so he can hear and respond to their concerns directly. But of course, he wants no such thing. He hasn’t held an in-person town hall since 2013 and has shown no signs of wanting to do so again before he leaves Congress.