Pres­i­dent at­tacks GOP sen­a­tors, fil­i­buster rule in a.m. tweet­storm

The Denver Post - - NEWS - By Avi Selk

A day af­ter a years-long ef­fort to re­peal the Af­ford­able Care Act col­lapsed on Capi­tol Hill, Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump cas­ti­gated Repub­li­can sen­a­tors for their in­abil­ity to pass leg­is­la­tion.

“They look like fools,” Trump wrote Satur­day morn­ing on Twit­ter. He also re­newed his de­mand that the Se­nate abol­ish a rule re­quir­ing 60 votes for some bills, de­spite the fact that the fil­i­buster had noth­ing to do with the health care bill’s fail­ure on Fri­day.

His tweet: “Repub­li­can Se­nate must get rid of 60 vote NOW! It is killing the R Party, al­lows 8 Dems to con­trol coun­try. 200 Bills sit in Se­nate. A JOKE!”

Trump’s rant against the fil­i­buster kicked off early Fri­day, a few hours af­ter three Repub­li­can sen­a­tors joined ev­ery Demo­crat to sink the GOP’S last-ditch ef­fort to over­turn Oba­macare, 51 to 49.

Trump ac­knowl­edged at the time that “parts of health care could pass at 51” votes — as the GOP’S “skinny re­peal” bill could have.

But “so many great fu­ture bills & bud­gets need 60 votes,” he wrote.

As he con­tin­ued his tweet storm into Satur­day, he of­fered a few ex­am­ples of great fu­ture bills — along with a few de­mands and in­sults for Repub­li­can sen­a­tors he said couldn’t pass them un­til they killed the fil­i­buster.

“Repub­li­can Se­nate must get rid of 60 vote NOW!” Trump wrote at 7:20 a.m., a few min­utes af­ter he plugged a re­port sug­gest­ing the Rus­sian govern­ment was work­ing against him dur­ing the elec­tion.

He de­manded that Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch Mccon­nell, R-KY., elim­i­nate the fil­i­buster “NOW” — de­spite the fact that Mccon­nell dis­missed the idea when Trump raised it months ago.

By way of per­sua­sion, Trump wrote that Repub­li­can sen­a­tors “look like fools and are just wast­ing time,” and will “NEVER win” un­til they kill the rule.

It’s worth not­ing that while Trump now at­tacks the fil­i­buster as an­ti­quated, four years ear­lier he de­fended it as a ven­er­a­ble tra­di­tion dat­ing back to Thomas Jef­fer­son.

On Satur­day, Trump blamed the fil­i­buster for hy­po­thet­i­cally al­low­ing Democrats to block “com­plete Health­care,” de­spite the fact that Repub­li­can sen­a­tors have not been able to unite around even a nar­rowly tai­lored bill so far.

Shortly be­fore 8 a.m., he added some new points.

“If the Se­nate Democrats ever got the chance, they would switch to a 51 ma­jor­ity vote in first minute,” Trump wrote.

And also: “They are laugh­ing at R’s. MAKE CHANGE!”

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