Like Hitler, Trump Vows to Fight Two Front War vs ‘Freedom Caucus and Democrats’
Yes, I wanted the excuse to use that analogy. But it’s not clear how Trump is going to win by declaring war on both the Dems and the Freedom Caucus of his own party.
The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2017
Doesn’t seem to add up.
193 House Dems + 32 Freedom Caucus = 225
Votes needed to get anything thru the House = 216
What’s the strategy in attacking everyone here? https://t.co/2Z0Or9Zzbw
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 30, 2017
But then again there’s ‘establishment math’ and ‘regular people math.’
“President Trump effectively declared war Thursday on the House Freedom Caucus, the powerful group of hard-line conservative Republicans who blocked the health-care bill, vowing to “fight them” in the 2018 midterm elections.”
“In a morning tweet, Trump warned that the Freedom Caucus would “hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast.” He grouped its members, all of them Republican, with Democrats in calling for their political defeat — an extraordinary incitement of intraparty combat from a sitting president.”
Here is a GOP Freedom Caucus type responding:
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 30, 2017
Congressman Amash also RTed this piece about George W. Bush’s response on hearing the Trump inauguration.
— The Hill (@thehill) March 30, 2017
It’s not clear what kind of threat this is from a President with a 35% approval rating but Trump has never been one to underestimate his mandate. To the contrary.
At least George W. came in understanding his initial mandate was weak. Trump came in very noisy and arrogant and reality has caught up with him fast. Yet he’s threatening to primary his own Freedom Caucus while opposing Dems.
In the last few days there’s been this rather curious talk about Trump working with Democrats. The media has asked if Democrats will work with him. Well, right now the political wind is at the back of those who oppose Trump. We see how opposing Trump has been rocket fuel for Democrats already in terms of fund raising.
What is Trump going to offer Democrats? Paul Ryan is already trying to push the Freedom Caucus to vote with Trump with the warning otherwise he’ll make a deal with Democrats. But again, I see no evidence there is any deal in the works with Democrats.
This may just be a tactic on Ryan’s party.
Meanwhile this sums up the attitude of the House GOP: they don’t work for the public, they ‘work for the President.’
“A GOP congressman on Thursday offered a strange defense for Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) and his questionable handling of the investigation into President Donald Trump’s administration and its ties to Russia.”
“When MSNBC host Craig Melvin asked Rep. Ted Yoho (R-Fla.) if it was appropriate for Nunes, the House Intelligence Committee chairman, to meet with a source on White House grounds the day before announcing he had reason to believe the Trump team was subject to “incidental” surveillance, Yoho insisted it was fine because Nunes “works for the president.”
“You’ve got to keep in mind who works for,” Yoho said. “He works for the president. He answers to the president.”
This is the whole attitude of the House GOP. Nunes is supposed to serve his constituents, yes, but as leader of the intel committee he’s supposed to do more-serve the national security interests of the country. That’s clearly not what he is doing.
In no sense, shape or form, does he ‘work for the President’ but that’s no doubt how he thinks about it.
GOP Rep. @justinamash on Trump's tweet: “It may allow a child to get his way, but that’s not how our government works.”
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 30, 2017
Amash needs to have a talk with Ted Yoho.
P.S. As we saw in my poll out last week, the long awaited poll results are in, and right now I’m just 11 points down vs. Peter King (GOP-NY-District 2). And the voters don’t even know who I am yet.
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