Trump Incoherent Tantrum In Weird AM Tweet Storm: His Fantasy’s in Print

President Trump took to Twitter this Friday morning to voice his frustrations with the Senate over their late Thursday night failure to pass his administration’s health care plan. That failure means that the GOP efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act are, yet again, dead for the time being. An ObamaCare repeal bill passed the House of Representatives earlier this year, but in the high stakes environment of the Senate, no single GOP national health plan has been able to get off the ground.

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Trump’s response to all of this is to attack the very institution of the Senate itself, along with the positions of many of its members. For example, his very first tweet following the failed ObamaCare repeal vote, posted in the middle of the night, said that “3 Republicans and 48 Democrats let the American people down.”

On Friday morning, Trump took a slightly different approach, saying on Twitter, as he’s done in the past, that the 60 vote threshold for certain bills should be abolished.

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‘If Republicans are going to pass great future legislation in the Senate, they must immediately go to a 51 vote majority, not senseless 60. Even though parts of healthcare could pass at 51, some really good things need 60. So many great future bills & budgets need 60 votes’
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If Republicans are going to pass great future legislation in the Senate, they must immediately go to a 51 vote majority, not senseless 60…
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…Even though parts of healthcare could pass at 51, some really good things need 60. So many great future bills & budgets need 60 votes….
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Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell invoked a procedural mechanism to let the ObamaCare repeal vote only need 51 votes, so it’s not clear why the president’s tweets are relevant. Perhaps he’s truly that unaware of what’s going on down in Congress?

Either way, altering the structure of the legislative branch so that it’s more able to pass the president’s crackpot, haphazardly put together legislation isn’t exactly a good idea. The GOP’s plans to repeal ObamaCare remain wildly unpopular with the American public, and members of the two respective Houses of Congress are supposed to represent the interests of their constituents, not those of the presidency.

It’s worth noting that, as mentioned, Senate GOP leadership has already shown themselves willing and ready to employ procedural measures to get their proposals passed. For instance, they cast their ObamaCare repeal plan as a “budget reconciliation measure,” and earlier this year, they outright changed the rules for judicial confirmations to get Trump’s Supreme Court nominee approved.

Still, Trump’s suggestion is a bad idea for the future of American democracy.

Check out Twitter’s thoughts below.

 

 

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