While his supporters seem to think he’s some “tough-talking, confident alpha male,” Donald Trump is none of that. He’s a thin-skinned, insecure egomaniac who’s managed to convince them that being an arrogant bully somehow equates to “strong, assertive leadership.”
Donald Trump is as much of a “strong leader” as Sean Hannity is a credible, non-partisan journalist.
Following Thursday’s fairly expected delay on the House’s Trumpcare vote, most didn’t think that Friday would go much better for Trump, Speaker Paul Ryan, or the Republican Party. It’s like I’ve written about several times already, the only way to “improve Obamacare” is by moving it to the left, toward a full-on universal health care system. Anything else is simply stripping it down to some form of “Obamacare Lite,” or repealing it altogether.
No matter how Trump, Republicans, or any of their supporters want to spin it, the only way to make health care better and more affordable is by taking the “for-profit” aspect out of it — end of story.
You’re not improving coverage and lowering premiums in a “for-profit” health insurance model. There’s a reason why, even long before Obamacare, health care premiums were still drastically increasing. It wasn’t as if the lack of regulations we had prior to the passage of the Affordable Care Act was leading to great coverage and lower premiums. In fact, since Obamacare became law, premium increases have risen at a slower rate than they did during Bush’s eight years in office.
I figured I’d throw that out there since Republicans clearly never mention it, and most Obamacare critics don’t actually know that.
Well, on Friday it became official that, at least for now, Trumpcare is being pulled by the House. Naturally, Trump didn’t take this massive public humiliation well, nor did he take any of the blame. Why would he? This is Donald J. Trump, nothing is ever his fault — just ask him.
Not only did he blame House Democrats (no, I’m not kidding — he actually did that), his response to all of this was to say, “The best thing we can do, politically speaking, is to let Obamacare explode.”
That’s the “President of the United States” saying that the best thing politically — not for Americans — is to “let Obamacare explode.”
The only way Trump and the Republican Party could really do this would be to blatantly sabotage the law, which I’m positive they’ll do. There’s a sickening irony to a group of people saying a health care law is such a “disaster,” but it’s too popular to repeal, so they’re going to essentially do whatever they can to make it worse, hoping people will turn against it.
Common sense would dictate that if a law is fairly popular, and your more “conservative” approaches aren’t, then you might want to, you know, seek out more progressive ideologies on health care to see how that goes. The truth is, the main reason why they can’t do a clear repeal of Obamacare is because Trumpcare reduces, cuts, or eliminates all of the “socialist-like” parts, turning it into a bill loathed by moderate Republicans and Democrats.
Well, CNN GOP analyst David Gergen doesn’t seem to think too highly of Trump’s response to this defeat. After saying Trump “was delusional in some ways,” he took Jake Tapper’s rather bleak assessment of Trump’s administration thus far a step further.
“When you add up the totality of it, you [Tapper] said this is the worst week of his presidency,” Gergen said. “I actually think this may be the worst hundred days we’ve ever seen in a president.”
For anyone who doesn’t know, Gergen is not “moderate Republican.” He’s worked for Richard Nixon and Ronald Reagan. In fact, he was Reagan’s White House Director of Communications for most of his first term in office.
While I don’t like to throw around “worst ever,” considering that’s entirely subjective, it wouldn’t be hard to argue that Trump’s short time in office qualifies for that title. The “first 100 days” are crucial to most incoming administrations because those are often the days where a president has the most power and influence over policy.
Clearly, Trump doesn’t.
Between the on-going FBI investigation over potential collusion with the Russian government, and an approval rating of 37 percent, the lowest for any president at this point in their presidency, Trump’s influence over our government is the weakest of any “Commander-in-Chief” in decades. Even at George W. Bush’s worst moments he had more “pull” than Trump currently possesses.
Then again, that’s the smart play by some Republicans. This time next year midterms are going to be quickly approaching and the last thing any Republican at risk of losing their election wants to do is be tied closely with a floundering “president” with abysmal approval numbers, who seems constantly embroiled in scandal.
What the future holds is anybody’s guess. But as it stands right now, Donald Trump is a “president” currently under investigation by U.S. intelligence over possibly committing treason, who seems to have no influence over his own party and just suffered one of the most embarrassing defeats in modern political history.
Watch Gergen’s comments below via CNN: