Without a doubt, one of the biggest stories on Wednesday centered around Donald Trump’s unexpected deal with Democrats on the debt ceiling. The move apparently angered Republican leadership as they wanted to use the debt ceiling to leverage a longer spending plan, hoping to undermine any future leverage Democrats might have on issues such as immigration, health care, and taxes.
Naturally, as the mainstream media tends to do whenever Trump does anything that’s not completely awful (which isn’t often), many political pundits were quick to champion this as “evidence this president isn’t beholden to any party,” while others gave him credit for showing he’s willing to work with Democrats.
Yeah — no.
The guy who just defended white supremacists, pardoned a racist, banned transgender Americans from being able to serve in the military, and announced he was ending DACA did not suddenly “grow a heart, morals, and a brain” and start caring about “doing the right thing.”
Trust me, like with everything Trump does, this was about him — nothing more.
This was Trump’s way to “stick it” to Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, two men who he feels haven’t backed him up enough, don’t fully support him, embarrassed him when it came to repealing the Affordable Care Act, and aren’t showing him enough “loyalty.” This was Trump’s way to tell Republican leadership, “If you don’t back me more, I’ll work with Democrats out of spite.”
There’s also the fact that this was Trump’s way to get his first “win.” After failing to pass Trumpcare, and it looking less and less likely that Republicans were going to fund his border wall, Trump’s been in desperate need of something… anything to spin as a positive for his “presidency.” If that meant working with Democrats on a deal for the debt ceiling where he can claim this was about “doing the right thing,” as well as providing funding for victims of Hurricane Harvey, then so be it.
It doesn’t matter that this deal is a victory for Democrats, makes his own party look even more incompetent, or that it’s going to make his life much more difficult in a few months. Nope, for Trump, this was a desperate attempt to get an easy “win,” hoping it helps his plummeting approval rating, while also extracting some revenge against Ryan, McConnell, and the rest of the party’s leadership he feels hasn’t been loyal enough to him.
As I just said, this was Trump’s way of showing Republicans that if they don’t start giving in to his demands, he’ll work with Democrats just to spite them.
This was typical Trump. The only difference being that in this instance of his self-absorbed desire to make himself look good, while seeking revenge against those he feels aren’t properly bending to his will, he just so happens to have done the right thing.
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