On August 7, a downtrodden Senate Majority Leader spoke to a Rotary Club in his home state of Kentucky. Addressing the crowd of Rotarians regarding his party’s failure to repeal Obamacare, Mitch McConnell lamented the relative political inexperience of Donald Trump, and mentioned the “excessive expectations” and “artificial deadlines” of a man who has “not been in this line of work before.”
It seems that didn’t sit well with the higher-ups in the Trump administration — or possibly Trump himself objected to being characterized in that way. Regardless, Trump’s social media director Dan Scavino came after McConnell hard on Wednesday:
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) August 9, 2017
Trump has been unapologetic in placing blame for the failure to repeal Obamacare and pass a new Republican-approved health bill directly on the shoulders of Congress. The president, of course, never takes blame for anything, although many in the GOP faulted him for not really trying to “sell” the bill until the very last moment.
And lest you think it’s just his communications guy who is poking the turtle, Trump got in on it himself as well:
Senator Mitch McConnell said I had “excessive expectations,” but I don’t think so. After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2017
It has become commonplace for Donald Trump to distance himself from any efforts that ultimately end up unsuccessful. But with the vast majority of Americans already associating any new plans for healthcare in America with the now politically toxic term “Trumpcare,” it will be hard to move too far away from the issue.
And the fact is, burning his bridges in Congress is either a sign that Donald Trump has no idea how any of this works, or it indicates that he just doesn’t care. Possibly a little of both. Either way, as reluctant as we are to agree with Mitch on anything, we have to side with him in this instance: Trump thought he could just come to Washington and change everything right away, and that’s just not the case.
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