President Trump is furious with Republicans over the failure of his administration’s first major legislative effort, “Trumpcare.”
The American Health Care Act, otherwise known as Trumpcare, was the GOP’s repeal plan for the Affordable Care Act — otherwise known as Obamacare.
Trumpcare died last Friday when Congressional Republican leadership was forced to pull the bill before it could be voted on due to an overwhelming lack of support. President Trump pressured the GOP to hold a vote on Friday “or else,” basically, trying to convince dissenting Republicans to go along with the bill in the meantime.
The efforts to garner sufficient support to ensure the bill’s passage became so intense at one point that it’s reported that Steve Bannon told members of the House Freedom Caucus — which opposed the measure — that “this is not a debate.” The House Freedom Caucus, however, didn’t budge, claiming that Trumpcare was little more than “Obamacare 2.0”
Well, as the Daily Beast is reporting, President Trump is furious.
Trump has long been known as someone to hold a grudge, having proudly proclaimed such about himself on a number of occasions, and he’s not abandoned that principle now that he’s in the White House. Yes, being so passionate about settling past scores before moving on is disturbingly reminiscent of what a misbehaving child might do, but such doesn’t concern Trump, who has a well documented, highly inflated self-image.
The attacks on Republicans for failing to pass “his” healthcare bill began on Saturday, when the President tweeted an admonishment for people to be sure to tune in to Jeanine Pirro’s Saturday night program on Fox.
Pirro’s program opened with this statement: “Paul Ryan needs to step down as Speaker of the House. The reason? He failed to deliver the votes on his health care bill.”
The following morning, early this Sunday, Trump tweeted a message that appeared to accuse the members of the House Freedom Caucus of being “handmaidens” for Democrats, writing: “Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus… [has] saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!”
Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 26, 2017
Members of Congress joined in on Trump’s attacks on their own party, including Georgia Congressman Austin Scott who claimed that the leader of the House Freedom Caucus “betrayed Trump and America and supported Pelosi and Dems to protect Obamacare.”
Mark Meadows betrayed Trump and America and supported Pelosi and Dems to protect Obamacare. https://t.co/zjcfmMhs9P
— Rep. Austin Scott (@AustinScottGA08) March 25, 2017
However, the members of the House Freedom Caucus aren’t deterred. Rep. Justin Amash, who is a prominent figurehead of the thought bloc that is represented by the House Freedom Caucus, replied to Rep. Scott’s angry tweet by writing, quite simply, “Austin, thank God there are honorable congressmen like Rep. Mark Meadows who aren’t seduced by logical fallacies.”
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 26, 2017
What this all boils down to is simple: it’s going to be a wonder if Trump and the Congressional Republicans are able to get anything of any substance done anytime soon.
Trump won’t take responsibility for — or even exert any effort towards — the floundering Republican Party, and it just keeps floundering.
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