It’s no secret that, on Friday, the vote for Trumpcare being pulled was a massive failure for Donald Trump and the Republican Party. Not only did the GOP fail to do (well, kind of) what they’ve spent years promising they were going to do “on Day 1” (even though we’re well past that), but Trump suffered one of the most humiliating political defeats in U.S. history. He had just given members of his party the ultimatum of “get it done or Obamacare stays,” and as Commander-in-Chief this early into an administration, this is the time where he should have more political influence than ever.
Nevertheless, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan failed miserably at effectively leading the GOP-led House of Representatives well enough to pass this bill, and Trump clearly doesn’t have enough political clout or respect within his own party to get a simple majority vote in the House on a bill he backed “100 percent.”
So, who does Trump blame for this colossal failure? Paul Ryan? House Republicans? The media? “FAKE NEWS!”?
Nope — he blamed House Democrats.
I’m not joking.
“We were very close; it was a very, very tight margin,” Trump said. “We had no Democrat support. We had no votes from the Democrats. They weren’t going to give us a single vote, so it’s a very difficult thing to do.”
There are many things Trump has said and done that I’ve found completely ridiculous, offensive, disgusting, and flat-out insane. That being said, pound-for-pound, this was one of the most idiotic statements I’ve ever heard from anyone — ever.
Donald Trump is blaming Democrats because they refused to vote for a disastrous health care bill that even a good chunk of his own party didn’t support.
Before I go forward try, if you can, to process that “logic.” A bill rejected by the far-right because it’s not awful enough, and by moderate conservatives because it’s too awful, Trump wanted progressives to support. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that if even moderate conservatives who staunchly oppose Obamacare, let alone universal health care like most Democrats do, think Trumpcare is a terrible bill, you aren’t going to convince even the most conservative progressive to back the damn thing.
If Republicans had a one or two seat advantage in the House, and we were talking about a fairly non-controversial bill, then Trump might have a point. I’m a progressive, but I’d much rather live in a country where Congress writes legislation together, with the goal of true bipartisan support, as opposed to “we have the majority, so we couldn’t care less what you think.” Which is basically what we have now.
Right now, Republicans have a 44 seat advantage (237 to 193) in the House of Representatives — 44! They couldn’t pass this bill despite that large of a majority in the House, but Trump wants to blame Democrats?
Normally a comment this stupid I would chalk up to Trump being so ignorant he doesn’t understand how the House works. But he obviously knows it’s a numbers game centered around a simple majority vote. There’s not a mechanism like we have in the Senate where a filibuster can force a bill to reach 60-votes in order for it to pass. In the House, the majority wins — it’s as simple as that.
Even now, I’m still having trouble processing the fact that he actually had the nerve to say this. I think the saddest part of it all is, millions of his supporters are probably naive enough to agree with him.
“It’s all those damn Democrats’ fault! Trump gave it his best effort!”
Of course I’ve seen and heard more vile, disgusting, outrageous, offensive, boneheaded, and deplorable comments in my life, but when you factor in what Trump said and the context of what he was talking about, this might be the dumbest thing I’ve ever heard another human being say.