A secret recording was made of a behind closed doors meeting on Thursday where Republicans met to discuss President Trump’s plans to repeal Obamacare, defund planned parenthood and the speed in which the new administration is moving on these hot topics.
The recording first came into the hands of The Washington Post (of course) from an “anonymous email address” late Thursday evening, and apparently it was sent to several other media outlets as well..
The recording revealed several “weak-in-the-knees” Republican lawmakers who are apprehensive about the massive policy changes Trump is initiating, and the speed in which he is doing it. The discussions between Republicans took place at a retreat in Philadelphia on Thursday where a closed door meeting took place to determine how they should move forward as a party.
Rep. Tom McClintock, a Republican from California (figures), expressed concern about the party being judged on the outcome of what he believes will be termed “Trumpcare”, as President Trump institutes his new healthcare plan.
“We’d better be sure that we’re prepared to live with the market we’ve created” with repeal, said Rep. Tom McClintock (R-Calif.). “That’s going to be called Trumpcare. Republicans will own that lock, stock and barrel, and we’ll be judged in the election less than two years away.”
Leave it to politicians, as their first concern always seems to be about their re-election and campaign finances, rather than getting the job done, already worrying about an election that is two years away. Is it possible to show a little backbone and actually get on board with President Trump’s rapid action plan, since that is exactly why Americans voted for him in the first place. And they wonder why voters wanted to put a successful businessman in charge of the government and showed utter disdain for establishment politicians during the election.
Another lawmaker, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), also expressed concerns about the rapid pace of Trump’s policies.
“Our goal, in my opinion, should be not a quick fix. We can do it rapidly — but not a quick fix,”. “We want a long-term solution that lowers costs.”
New to capital hill, Rep. John Faso (R-N.Y.) from Hudson Valley was worried that Trump’s plan to remove federal funding from Planned Parenthood would be “arming our enemy’, and actually fretted over the backlash on social media. Enjoy your one term in office Mr. Faso.
“We are just walking into a gigantic political trap if we go down this path of sticking Planned Parenthood in the health insurance bill,” he said. “If you want to do it somewhere else, I have no problem, but I think we are creating a political minefield for ourselves — House and Senate.”
“Health insurance is going to be tough enough for us to deal with without having millions of people on social media come to Planned Parenthood’s defense and sending hundreds of thousands of new donors to the Democratic Senate and Democratic congressional campaign committees. So I would just urge us to rethink this.”
I realize that Rep. John Faso is new at this, but considering Donald Trump won the election on his campaign policies and pro-life stance, I think it’s safe to say that there is more than enough support in the Republican party if they get on board.
This is the very bureaucratic indecision and weakness that millions of conservatives witnessed from Republicans during the Obama era, and one of the main reason they flocked to Trump in droves as he portrayed strength, resolve and stuck to his word at a time when his fellow party members were running for the hills.
What is most baffling about these Republicans is that they have literally just witnessed a movement form behind Trump the likes of which they have never seen before, yet behind closed doors they are still whimpering and fretting like liberals in their safe spaces. Perhaps I can understand their shock and awe at how quickly the private sector moves, having a businessman like Donald Trump reform the government into an actual working entity of efficiency, but what I cannot understand is their unwillingness to jump on the train with both feet and ride it out with a president who has achieved victory at every turn (despite everyone telling him that he could not).
I’ve got news for establishment politicians in both parties. In a proper, well managed business, the days move fast and the implementation of new policies move even faster. That’s how a company beats their competition and remains profitable, like how the government should be.
In case no one has told the Republicans, President Trump had more than enough support to achieve a massive victory in the election despite all odds being against him, and the most recent Rasmussen poll shows Trump’s approval ratings have gone through the roof since the inauguration, now sitting at 59%.
Going forward, I have a feeling President Trump will be instituting some new personal electronics policies in all closed door meetings, such as a no cell phone policy, to ensure that something like this doesn’t happen again.
It’s not so much that these statements even reflect poorly on Trump or the Republican party, as it was only a few lawmakers in a very big meeting, but it’s the fact that the liberal press will use this story to spin headlines portraying insecurity, confusion and chaos within the White House since Trump took over. In fact, leftist new websites are already doing just that, as Vox blasted out a headline titled, “Leaked audio reveals Republicans are in utter disarray on Obamacare repeal“.
It was hardly disarray, yet it does reinforce the need for a strong administration to take the hand of the weaker lawmakers and nurse them through the democratic process, as President Trump plows through the bureaucracy in order to actually get things done for the American people.