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Did the Freedom Caucus Overplay Its Hand by Angering Trump?

I willing to bet some of them are going to live to regret scuttling the Obamacare replacement, as imperfect as it was.

Republican leaders and rank-and-file members have been grappling with how to handle the House Freedom Caucus since most of them came to Washington in 2010’s Tea Party wave. Now that they have defied President Trump, they’re hoping he can finally make them fall into line, the Washington Examiner reported.

“When he tweets things like he did … it gives me cover to echo that,” Rep. Tom Rooney, R-Fla., told the Washington Examiner about Trump’s jabs at the House Freedom Caucus via Twitter.

“The Republican House Freedom Caucus was able to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory,” Trump tweeted Monday night, three days after enough of its members refused to back the healthcare bill crafted by Trump and House GOP leaders that they had to pull it from the floor. “After so many bad years they were ready for a win!”

As Washington oddsmakers are calculating the lines on the Freedom Caucus’ fate, many on Capitol Hill are placing their bets that more will follow the lead of Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, and leave the group.

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7 Responses to Did the Freedom Caucus Overplay Its Hand by Angering Trump?

  1. No, Trump betrayed the people who supported him when few did. He has made it worse with demeaning tweets comparing them to Democrats. Worse still by aligning with the GOPe. And worse by blaming others and not owning up to the fact that he made a mistake in supporting a bad bill.

    Trump’s behaviour in all of this is the first time he has given me pause.

    As for Poe and those who might join him. It is difficult to find men and women with enough character and backbone to fight back to right what has been done to this country. Poe is not one of them.

    But Trump is not a conservative although he is open to doing conservative things. Just not this time.

    Here is a good article. Also there is a good comment about Trump’s treatment of the Freedom Caucus and conservatives.

    • I think he will figure it out soon, I’m not a patient person by nature but there’s a big huge mess to fix and I will wait patiently.

    • gracepc you are exactly right.
      Trump needs to constantly remind himself that the people who align themselves with the Freedom Caucus are THE VERY folks who got him elected.

    • I believe Trump believed there would be a three-part bill set to replace Obamacare. Now he knows how the game works. Trump is a smart man and learns on his feet. Now he has everyone’s measure and will use that going forward.

      The Freedom Caucus got its way. Now it has the opportunity to prove itself by helping to produce something better.

      • Well said Anonna.
        Trump needs to find out who he is dealing with.

        At the end of the day they are all politicians whose ‘policy’ can change with the wind direction.

  2. What part of “Repeal” don’t they understand about Repeal and Replace?

    The Freedom Caucus – or whatever name you want to give them – is correct.

    Lipstick on a pig is still a freaking pig.