Detroit News’ Kaitlyn Buss: ‘Future of Republican Party Is a Crap Shoot’

Buss joins Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson to talk about the week’s news and the future of the GOP.

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Disaster and destruction dominated the national news this week in the wake of Harvey in the Gulf Coast, which brought heavy rain and massive flooding to the region. 

Locally, it was the fear of a possible disaster in the Great Lakes that made headlines. Gov. Rick Snyder released a statement saying he’s “greatly concerned” about Enbridge Energy’s Line 5 pipeline after this week’s news that the aging oil and gas pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac is missing protective coating on multiple sections of the line. 

Detroit News opinion page writer Kaitlyn Buss joins Detroit Today with Stephen Henderson to talk about President Trump’s reaction to Harvey, the prospect of a tax overhaul in Congress, and the concern over Enbridge Line 5.

Henderson asks Buss about how she, as a conservative, views President Trump’s recent public statements and actions, especially in the wake of the Charlottesville protests that left one counter-protester dead.

“There are so many things that he has said, I think, that are offensive and just totally out of line with what conservatives… believe,” says Buss. “And Charlottesville was, to me, the absolute worst of it.”

“The future of the Republican Party is a crap shoot, in my opinion.”

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