Though Donald Trump has managed to do quite a bit of damage in his first year as president – deregulating business, installing Republican judges, gutting the EPA, executive orders, etc… – he still has been unable to get any of his agenda actually legislated – most notably the repeal of Obamacare. A bitter pill, indeed, for one so notoriously solipsistic. Speaking to reporters on Monday, during a meeting with his Cabinet, he derided the Republican Senate for failing to hand him some victories to fee his galactic narcissism.
“Despite what the press writes, I have great relationships with, actually, many senators, but, in particular, with most Republican senators,” Trump said. “But we’re not getting the job done. And I’m not going to blame myself. I’ll be honest, they are not getting the job done.”
Donald pointed specifically to the Senate Republicans botched attempt to repeal the Affordable Care Act, singling out Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), currently battling for his life with brain cancer, as the key fly in the ointment.
“We’ve had health care approved, and then you had the surprise vote by John McCain,” said Trump. We’ve had other things happen and they’re not getting the job done.”
Adding, “I’m not happy about it and a lot of people aren’t happy about it. We need tax cuts. We need health care. Now, we’re going to get the health care done.”
Jeebus mamaloocha, the guy seriously needs to run out and get a copy of Dale Carnegie’s, How To Win Friends And Influence People. Though, it seems like anything past 140 characters might bend his brain. I tell you, I’ve been a politics junkie since I was a kid, and never have I seen such open enmity between a Republican Congress and a sitting Republican president. It would almost be entertaining, if it wasn’t so wearisome. The sad fact is, despite their growing disdain for the talking yam in the Oval Office, the GOP will reliably fall in line behind him. They don’t care about the feces he flings at their heads, all they want is their precious tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. It’s their obsession – what they’ve waited on for eight years.
I can tell you one thing, if they fail to get that passed…look for them to abandon ship in droves.
For the record, Trump’s mouthpiece Sarah Huckabee Sanders agreed that Congress has been deficient in its duties.
“I don’t think he’s alienated anyone,” said Sanders on Monday. Congress has alienated themselves by not actually getting the job done that the people of this country elected them to do. They all promised and campaigned on replacing Obamacare. They haven’t done that. They campaigned on tax reform. Hopefully we see that happen. We’re certainly committed to that and think we’ll get there. But time and time again, Congress has made problems and failed to deliver. If anyone’s being alienated, it’s people that are promising things and not delivering on them.”
Keep burning those bridges Donald…