President Trump spread the blame around Sunday morning, suggesting conservative lawmakers and think tanks were responsible for the demise of the Republican healthcare bill too.
‘Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!’
On Friday, as the House Republicans’ bill collapsed, Trump placed the blame squarely on the Democrats, as none of the members of the opposing party said they would support Speaker Paul Ryan’s repeal and replace bill.
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President Trump continued to point fingers Sunday, blaming conservative lawmakers and think tanks too for the demise of the House Obamacare repeal bill
President Trump’s Sunday morning tweet spread around the blame to conservatives too – as the White House and House Speaker Paul Ryan agreed to pull an Obamacare repeal bill Friday
‘We had no Democratic support,’ Trump said Friday from the Oval Office. ‘They weren’t going to give us a single vote.’
Democrats did cheer the demise of the bill.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi kicked off her high heels Friday and literally jumped for joy on the Capitol lawn, but in reality, it was Republicans, who hold a majority in both the House and Senate, who derailed the president’s plan to quickly deal with healthcare and then move on.
The House Freedom Caucus represents the right-wing of the Republican Party and many of those members planned to not vote in favor of the bill.
The Club for Growth, according to the Hill newspaper, had launched a $500,000 ad campaign targeting 10 GOP lawmakers, some in competitive districts, encouraging them to vote against the bill.
‘Republicans promised a bill that would stop Obamacare’s taxes and mandates, and replace them with free-market reforms that will increase health insurance competition and drive down costs,’ Club for Growth’s president David McIntosh told the Hill.
Conservative pundit Erick Erickson noticed the president’s change of tune, calling Trump ‘schizophrenic’ in a Sunday morning tweet
‘RyanCare fails on those counts, and that’s why the Club is letting millions of constituents know that their Representative should reject RyanCare,’ McIntosh added.
Singing a similar tune, Heritage Action, the conservative think tank’s activist wing, applauded conservative lawmakers on Twitter for standing strong against Ryan’s repeal bill.
‘Because the AHCA vote was cancelled, Republicans can work on a better plan that repeals burdensome regulations,’ the organization tweeted Sunday.
Today the president tried to thread conservative lawmakers and the two right-leaning groups together with Planned Parenthood, the women’s healthcare provider that performs abortions, which conservatives generally stand against.
Planned Parenthood’s government funding was on the chopping block as part of the repeal package.
Conservative pundit Erick Erickson noticed that the president was trying to spread out more of the blame.
‘Have we elected a President?’ the well-known blogger tweeted Sunday morning. ‘This statement is 100% contrary to his statement on Friday,’ Erickson said.
The president’s budget director, Mick Mulvaney, who was a member of the Freedom Caucus when he was in the House, shrugged off Trump’s new blame game.
‘Yeah, and I think there’s probably plenty of blame to go around,’ Mulvaney told Chuck Todd today on Meet the Press. ‘As we sat over the last two days and tried to figure out what happened, I think what happened is that Washington won.’
‘I think the one thing we learned this week is that Washington was a lot more broken than President Trump thought that it was,’ Mulvaney added. ‘So what you have is the status quo wins and, unfortunately, the folks back home lost.’