On Thursday morning, President Donald Trump drew a line and put himself and the Establishment on one side, and the fiscal conservatives and libertarians of the Freedom Caucus on the other.
Trump thumbed onto his Twitter account, “The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast.”
He closed the 140-character rant with, “We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!”
I’ll repeat that, “We must fight them.”
The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don't get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2017
Trump’s tirade stems from the Freedom Caucus successfully blocking Trump and Paul Ryan’s attempt to forego repeal and instead pass a costly amendment to the Affordable Care Act.
For those who praised the selfless actions of the Freedom Caucus, Trump’s tweet was a shot heard round the nation.
Trump is vowing to defeat the leaders who stopped him from passing a $1.4 trillion bill that would raise insurance costs and create yet another entitlement program.
The threat is directed at Virginia’s Dave Brat who threw out Establishment icon Eric Cantor. The threat is directed at Texas’ principled Louie Gohmert and the most conservative member of Congress, TEA Party favorite, Ken Buck.
To put this in perspective, if you take a look at the Heritage Foundation’s Congressional Scorecard, the President of the United States just vowed to defeat eight of the ten highest-rated conservatives and libertarians in Congress.
While threatening members of the Freedom Caucus who hold ratings 90% or higher with Heritage, President Trump strongly stands by Speaker Paul Ryan who holds a pathetic lifetime score of 58%.
Paul Ryan is closer to Elizabeth Warren than he is to Dave Brat according to the Scorecard.
And Donald Trump wants us to defeat our only principled members of Congress in 2018?
Something is simply twisted in Trump World, or we were twisted to trust him.
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