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