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A thesaurus of vaguely critical words Republicans use to chideTrump instead of taking action

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Over the past few months, Republicans in Congress have bravely taken on President Trump by using some of the toughest adjectives they remember from their SAT workbook.

Sure, they could theoretically take “real” action by demanding his tax returns, challenging him on his non-divestment from his businesses, or not voting for his dangerously under-qualified appointees. But why act, when you can instead vote for his entire agenda and make your meek disapproval known by bitching to Chuck Schumer in the locker room or posting Bible-based subtweets? (We see you, Marco Rubio.)

If they don’t stand up for tax cuts for the 1 percent, who will?

Below is a list of standard rebuttals Republicans like to use when they’re in the mood for pretending like they’re still a check on the president’s power.

Be forewarned: some of the adjectives you may read are mildly sassy. They are not intended for general audiences. But don’t worry, none of them will cause any lasting change to Trump’s behavior.

Level 1: Mild

Big boy rebuttals for when Trump does something grotesquely horrible on a human level, though not necessarily unconstitutional.

Big no no

Implementing guidance is needed

New at this

Disappointed

Uneasy

Could do with a little less drama

Not properly scrutinized

Doesn’t improve the . . . civility of the debate

Uncivil language

Did have a bad two weeks

Wouldn’t use the term witch hunt

I don’t know

Level 2: Moderate

Spicy lil’ comebacks for when President Trump does something very likely to be unconstitutional, but which can only be discovered with a proper investigation.

Cause for concern

Raises some questions

Problematic

Disturbing

Very inappropriate

Troubled

Become an issue

Misses the mark

Don’t see that as an appropriate comment

Is a non-starter

Overly broad

Not okay”

Level 3: Severe

Tough guy responses for when President Trump does something definitely disgusting and easily constitutional … but you still kinda want him to sign your bill.

Too broad!”

Particularly concerned

Have serious concerns

Dark day

Raises questions

Misses the mark

Level 4: ALERT. ALERT. ALERT.

When President Trump suddenly puts Western Civilization in grave danger.

“Obama was better than Trump as ‘far as American leadership is concerned.'”

Read more: http://mashable.com/2017/07/22/tough-guy-thesaurus-gop-trump/

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