It’s hard to see the logic of Trump’s Twitter attack on the hard-right Freedom Caucus for its failure to support the GOP’s repeal and replace of Obamacare.
Trump Tweeted this:
-The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republcan agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them & Dems in 2018.
First, threatening to unseat Freedom Caucus members by primarying them is ridiculous. These seats were intentionally gerrymandered to make them safe hyper-conservative seats. Voters in these districts probably love that their members rejected a bill that was too liberal, even if Trump pushed it.
Second, the Freedom Caucus really is the advanced guard of the Trump revolution. This man has no idea who his friends are (were).
As the Dallas News reports, some members of the Freedom Caucus are already pushing back saying that “Trump is a bully who has already lost his political soul to the Washington establishment [and is an] unreliable, ungrateful ally who has quickly forgotten their help in the election.”
The Freedom Caucus with its 30 plus members will need to be courted instead of threatened if Trump’s hopes to enact any of his agenda. What his attacks on the right-flank of his party tell us is that he thinks his personal popularity is the only thing that matters, that ideology is irrelevant to his electoral success, and that he can crush anyone who opposes him.
Wrong, wrong, and wrong. In certain ways Trump is without an ideology. The Freedom Caucus certainly has one and, as they say, you can’t beat something with nothing.