The failure of Donald Trump and the Republican Party to pass their anti-ObamaCare bill is still stinging. Maybe a bill that would cancel health insurance for twenty-four million people was never a good idea. It had a pitiful seventeen percent approval rating in recent polls. Consequently, the prospects for its passage were dim from the start. But that didn’t sway the President and his party who are more focused on cutting taxes for their wealthy pals than helping average Americans.
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Having had a couple of days to think about, Trump is still peeved that his incompetence has been displayed to the world. So naturally he is blaming everybody else. In another of his morning tweets the President lashed out at those he feels betrayed him:
First of all, Democrats are smiling across the country, not just in D.C. And it isn’t just Democrats. All Americans who appreciate having access to affordable healthcare are glad that the GOP bill never got off the ground. Secondly, it wasn’t the House Freedom Caucus or the Heritage Foundation that doomed the bill. It was the short-sighted thinking of Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan, who thought they could muscle through sham legislation that achieved none of what they promised. Despite their public pronouncements, they never intended to insure all Americans. They never tried to hold costs down. And they never sought bipartisan consensus to attract Democratic support.
Trump’s tweet exhibits the petty vengefulness that is the hallmark of his flawed character. He’s attacking his closest allies because they weren’t a hundred percent obedient. Heaven forbid he should accept any responsibility for his own political fiasco. What’s more, he’s lamenting that Planned Parenthood and ObamaCare were saved. According to most polls, both are supported by large majorities of the population. They would certainly regard saving them as admirable, not lamentable.
Trump’s disconnection with the majority of the American people, and even his own party, is unusually vast. He appears to have a severe case of ideological tunnel-blindness that has warped his worldview. And by announcing that on Twitter he drew a response from the online community that puts him in his place. If he’s really interested in why “Democrats are smiling” here are a few of the reasons provided by twitterers:
@realDonaldTrump #DemocratsAreSmiling because Planned Parenthood & ObamaCare are much better liked than you – Loser (and it’s ALL Americans) pic.twitter.com/4AXNzMWg0j
— News Corpse (@NewsCorpse) March 26, 2017
@realDonaldTrump Democrats are smiling in D.C. that puppies are cute, and kittens are nice to pet!
— Alex Zalben (@azalben) March 26, 2017
@realDonaldTrump 24 million Americans whose President is rooting for their healthcare to explode are smiling. They get to live without fear.
— MatthewDicks (@MatthewDicks) March 26, 2017
@Boothie68 @azalben @realDonaldTrump we are smiling because we are winning so much. Who knew you would be right about winning so much. We
— ??Thomas E. Lehman (@tuckertoml) March 26, 2017
@realDonaldTrump We’re smiling at the thought of your inevitable impeachment too!
— Richard Bates, Jr. (@RichardBatesJr1) March 26, 2017
Trump’s arrogance and inability to accept defeat continue to alienate him from most voters. It’s a big part of the reason he has the most unfavorable ratings of any president before him. His response to having been rebuked by the his congressional colleagues, and the voting public, is to hope that ObamaCare “explodes” and causes great harm to innocent people. That’s not leadership. That’s the response of a vindictive narcissist whose only concern is the feeding and welfare of his ego.