In the run up the 2016 presidential election, Donald Trump sold himself as an outsider, a deal-maker, and, above all, a winner. Channeling his best Charlie Sheen, Trump famously promised his supporters, “We’re going to win so much. You’re going to get tired of winning. You’re going to say, ‘Please Mr. President, I have a headache. Please, don’t win so much.'”
Well, in Donald’s first political test as president, Donald lost – spectacularly. Remarkably, he could not convince House Republicans to repeal Obamacare – something they have been longing to do for seven years. Naturally, in the wake of his humiliating defeat, Trump is lashing out. Not at his staff, who failed to craft a palatable deal. Not a Paul Ryan, who couldn’t whip votes. And not at House Republicans, who refused to get on board with his flailing plan. No, Trump reserved his anger for…Democrats.
As reported by CNN: “Speaking soon after accepting defeat, Trump didn’t shoulder the responsibility himself, nor did he pin the blame on House GOP leadership or any of the warring Republican factions’ whose competing demands ultimately sunk any chance of a consensus bill. Instead, he blamed Democrats and vowed to let Obamacare ‘explode.’”
Said Trump: “We had no Democrat support. We had no votes from the Democrats. They weren’t going to give us a single vote, so it’s a very very difficult thing to do. I think the losers are Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer because now they own Obamacare. 100% own it.”
“The words flew in the face of Trump’s intense and personal engagement in lobbying members of Congress to support the House bill, efforts the White House touted in recent days as they hinted at Trump’s negotiating expertise.”
Donald can try to blame Democrats, but history will be very clear: Donald Trump did not win. He lost.