From the moment he began his presidential campaign, Donald Trump began destroying the Republican Party — and to this day even after being elected president, it still remains the only thing he’s actually good at.
Early this morning, Trump made yet another move to humiliate the GOP and thrust it into chaos when he screwed up his party’s plan to avoid a government shut down. In a brutal, erratic 17-word tweet, Trump announced that a major Democratic bargaining chip should not be included in the funding package — sending Capitol Hill into chaos. Trump tweeted that the children’s healthcare program should be part of a “long term solution, not a 30 Day, or short term, extension.”
It was an announcement that no one in the GOP saw coming, and they were just as baffled as the rest of America when they saw it on Twitter.
This tweet now marks the second tweet from Trump that blatantly contradicts the Republican Party’s strategy ahead of a critical House vote. As current government funding will only last until Friday at midnight, this couldn’t have come at a worse time for the GOP. Once again, Trump proves that he acts alone without the advice or input of anyone.
As GOP lawmakers were frantic and sent into a state of panic by Trump’s tweets, they angrily responded with threats and insults. One senior House GOP lawmaker said that Trump “needs to wake up!”
Another House Republican said, “I have no idea what he means by his tweet. A six-year long-term extension is pretty significant.”
Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.), who was the former chairman of the Energy and Commerce Committee, called Trump’s statement “not good.” He said, “I couldn’t believe it.” A senior House GOP aide added, “I’m baffled by it honestly. It certainly doesn’t help or look good.”
Trump’s latest move shows that the GOP is more fragmented than ever and that things are continuing to fall apart in the party. Republicans are struggling to survive under a president who acts alone and doesn’t follow any sort of protocol. Trump is the president the GOP deserves, and now they are paying for it. Unfortunately, so is the rest of the country.
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