Trump ridicules GOP Sen­a­tors

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a fil­i­buster — along with new de­mands, threats and in­sults on Repub­li­can sen­a­tors.

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!”

He in­sisted that Se­nate Ma­jor­ity Leader Mitch McCon­nell, R-Ky., elim­i­nate the fil­i­buster im­me­di­ately, although McCon­nell dis­missed the idea when Trump raised it months ago.

By way of per­sua­sion, ap­par­ently, 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. Once used rarely and mem­o­rably (as when a se­na­tor spoke and sang for 15 hours to block a vote in 1992), the fil­i­buster has be­come an al­most rou­tine tac­tic for mi­nor­ity par­ties to im­pede bills and Cab­i­net and ju­di­cial nom­i­nees they can’t de­feat in a straight-up vote.

On Sat­ur­day, Trump blamed the fil­i­buster for hy­po­thet­i­cally al­low­ing Democrats to block “com­plete Health­care,” though so far Repub­li­can sen­a­tors have not been able to unite around even a nar­rowly tai­lored bill like Fri­day’s at­tempt to pass a so-called skinny re­peal.

Trump also wrote that “Kate’s Law,” a bill that would in­crease pun­ish­ments for crim­i­nals who il­le­gally reen­ter the United States af­ter be­ing de­ported, would never pass with the fil­i­buster in place.

To at­tempt a sum­mary of his ar­gu­ments so far: Trump knows that some health-care bills could pass through the Se­nate with a sim­ple ma­jor­ity of votes. Fri­day’s re­peal bill could have, for ex­am­ple. But Repub­li­cans need to kill the fil­i­buster any­way, Trump ar­gues, lest it al­low Democrats to block a more sweep­ing health-care re­form bill, which does not yet ex­ist but will be sup­ported by a ma­jor­ity of sen­a­tors (but not 60 of them) once it is writ­ten.

If that logic strikes you as con­fus­ing, you’re not alone:

Sen. Chris Mur­phy, DConn., tweeted: “If McCain had just voted yes they would have had those 60 votes re­quired un­der rec­on­cil­i­a­tion! No, wait....”

And yet Trump was not nearly done. Shortly be­fore 8 a.m., he tweeted: “If the Se­nate Democrats ever got the chance, they would switch to a 51 ma­jor­ity vote in first minute.”

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

And while Democrats were laugh­ing at his party, Trump wrote, “the peo­ple of our great coun­try are still be­ing forced to live with im­plod­ing Oba­maCare!”

At the be­gin­ning of his rant — if you re­call — Trump had wanted Congress to let Oba­macare im­plode. Now, mid­way through, im­plo­sion was a bad thing.

Things are so bad, Trump wrote, that “if a new Health­Care Bill is not ap­proved quickly, BAILOUTS for In­sur­ance Com­pa­nies and BAILOUTS for Mem­bers of Congress will end very soon!”

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