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Trump Threatens to Move On if He Doesn’t Get a Vote Friday

This seems to me to be very smart. He’s telling House Republicans – you don’t get a second chance. You either vote to pass this Friday, or you get to keep Obamacare. That’s the choice.¬†

Under heavy pressure from the White House, House Republicans plan to move forward with a vote on a controversial bill that partially repeals and replaces Obamacare, despite lingering concerns from both moderates and far-right conservatives, the Washington Examiner reported.

The message being transmitted from President Trump was that he’s done negotiating¬†and that if the bill fails, he’s prepared to walk away and keep Obamacare in place.

“We have to have a vote tomorrow,” Rep. Chris Collins, R-N.Y., told reporters after a GOP meeting on Capitol Hill on Thursday, describing the message being conveyed by White House officials. “[Trump] expects it to pass. But he’s moving on if for some reason it didn’t.”

Collins also said, “Trump is pragmatic. If he can’t get the votes tomorrow he will never get the votes. It’s time to move on. “

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20 Responses to Trump Threatens to Move On if He Doesn’t Get a Vote Friday

  1. This betrayal of American voters is to me, symptomatic of the full on totalitarian creep fest we have going on here.. This is not government by the peeps or for the peeps. We don’t know what to call it but totalitarianism and to compare it to Orwell’s book is a cop out.

    This is unreal. A pox on their houses. God help us all.

  2. Let it fail.

    The GOP House has already lost the political battle here, no matter how the vote goes. The House looks like Beavis and Butthead auditioning for the Keystone Kops. Paul Ryan needs to go: he’d be out of his depth in a birdbath.

    If the bill somehow survives the House, it won’t survive the Senate. Either way, this bill is, or should be, done. I’d love to say we can stick a fork in it.

    But, this being the GOP–home of the circular firing squad, and justifiably known as the Stupid Party–we do have to consider what would happen if this ends up as law.

    And…it’s not a happy thought. The GOP would then own the policy, on top of already owning outright the stinkeroo politics of it.

    It would be better to chalk up the political loss, and leave the Democrats holding the coming policy loss. A political loss is tactical; a policy loss is strategic; a combined loss on both politics AND policy is theatrical.

    The House needs to vote this bill down, force Ryan out as Speaker, and have done with it.

          • President Trump needs to spend a bit of his brilliant mind on throwing this junk out in the trash.
            Paul Ryan needs to go on a long vacation, maybe go visit little Barry in Tahiti for a bit.

          • Don’t technically understand what you said. But think it has to do with producing thesel ong weird skinny columns. Horrible. Is it us or something else?

          • @gracepc Actually, what I was trying to do was make that “Sensei noticed me” bit really small. Just goofing off: long day. You can probably see the tags I was trying to use on your browser’s View Source.

            Comment nesting is an administrator thing, so that’s a commission and about, eh, four stripes I think, above my paygrade. ^_^

    • Better to let this bill be voted down, and let Obamacare stand– it will fail miserably this year or next year, and everyone will be crying for Trump to fix it. Maybe then we can get what we want, and not what the globalists want.

      Oh– I agree that Paul Ryan definitely needs to go– one way or another…

    • Looks to me like Trump is actually listening to the people that elected him.
      What a concept!

      I was glad to see him do this, throwing it back at them and telling them to fix it.

      BTW, agree Darkangel, well said.

    • “It would be better to chalk up the political loss, and leave the Democrats holding the coming policy loss. A political loss is tactical; a policy loss is strategic; a combined loss on both politics AND policy is theatrical.”

      “The House needs to vote this bill down, force Ryan out as Speaker, and have done with it.”
      Whew!
      Now that’s one hell of an editorial.
      So much said in such few words.

  3. I am a big Trump supporter but this is a mistake. I think he mishandled this from the get go.

    I borrowed a statement from AOS that represents what I think as well.

    ” I voted for Donald Trump among other things to repeal this thing root and branch, not to suck up and appease the very people and forces he claimed to be fighting against. His ultimatum of take it or leave it is really, to be charitable, unacceptable to me and insulting. ”

    Rand Paul and the Freedom Caucus best represent me here. So, Donald Trump is going to have to live with this as well.

    I think he knows that, at least mine, our vote for him was also against the Republican GOPe as well as Clinton and the Dems. But he is not acting like it.

      • I know and I hope it will not.

        I do think Trump made a mistake here by choosing to back the Ryan bill in the first place. For whatever reason.

        Now he has gotten himself where he did not mean to be. The best thing for the country and for Trump is for this to fail.

        Being Trump he will be stubborn about it. He does not admit mistakes. But I hope he will have learned a lesson.

      • He always plays his cards well. He just hasn’t yet fully learned about the DC versions of, say, two-demand bids and takeout doubles: his bidding left a little to be desired on this hand.

  4. I hope this bill fails. It’s passage would be a disaster for the Party and for Trump.

    The other part of the equation that is most interesting is Paul Ryan. Will the failure to pass this bill begin a true and steady decline of Ryan’s power? Did Trump “set him up”? There is a lot of interesting thinking on this. So, failure could be a WIN.

    I read a fairly intricate article some time ago that this would Trump’s plan to get rid of Ryan or payback for his anti Trump position during the campaign.

    Is it possible that the bills failure could be the beginning of a loss of power for the GOPe. Is McConnell fighting so hard for the bill because Obamacare or because he is fighting for Paul Ryan?

  5. Well gee, I wish DT would move on with some of the other nonsense that is swirling around him.
    I think it is worth it to get this thing right. They need to euthanize the dog that is ObamaCare and start fresh.
    Why is this so hard? Is there some secret issue that only Congress knows about that is making this impossibly complicated?
    Everyone has been talking about repealing ObamaCare for 7 endless years. If you couldn’t do it, why did you claim you would and could?