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Saturday, April 1, 2017

It Looks Like Republicans, Once Again, Are The Team That Can't Shoot Straight!!

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Though the Freedom Caucus is under assault from all sides, some of its members who have spoken to the media or made public statements are standing strong — insisting that they are willing to work with President Trump to keep the GOP’s promise to repeal Obamacare.
The media has used the failure of the American Health Care Act — Republican leadership’s phony repeal bill — as an excuse to attack conservatives in Congress. The Tea Party members of the Freedom Caucus, who opposed the legislation on grounds that it would not improve the American health insurance market, have been labeled “hardliners” who are unwilling to “compromise” or “get things done.”
President Trump has expressed his frustration with the health insurance bill’s failure in a series of tweets, first suggesting that the Freedom Caucus saved Planned Parenthood funding and Obamacare, and later announcing that if conservatives don’t hop aboard the establishment Republican agenda they will be fought in 2018.
“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!” the president tweeted.
Some members of the House Freedom Caucus are pushing back on President Donald 
Trump’s threat to “fight” conservatives in the 2018 midterm primary elections.
"It didn't take long for the swamp to drain [Trump]. No shame, Mr. President. Almost 
everyone succumbs to the D.C. Establishment," Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) tweeted. 
Freedom Caucus ally Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) also joined in.
So did Rep. Labrador:
Other Freedom Caucus conservatives are being less confrontational. Rep. Louie 
Gohmert (R-Texas) reiterated his support for “actual repeal” of Obamacare, and said
 he shared the president’s “frustration” with recalcitrant Republicans in Washington D.C.
"The Freedom Caucus is trying to change Washington. This bill keeps Washington
 the same, plain and simple," Rep. Jordan said on Fox News Thursday.
"We appreciate the president; we are trying to help the president. But the fact is, you
 have to look at the legislation. It doesn't do what we told the voters we were going to
 do, and the American people understand that. That's why only 17 percent of the
 population supports this legislation."
“We want to help the president get a bill that rises above 17% in the polling,”
 Congressman Dave Brat (R-Va.) told Conservative Review. He said the Freedom
 Caucus is looking for a bill that will lower premiums by repealing the insurance
 regulations and mandated health benefits that are driving up the cost of health
 insurance.
Brat also criticized the mainstream media narrative that the Freedom Caucus sunk
 Obamacare repeal. “The narrative by the elites and the D.C. cronies and the
 mainstream media is that ‘we can’t get to yes.’”
“On the facts that’s false,” Brat said. “We voted ‘yes’ 50 times for repeal. And the 
2015 bill was unanimous, basically, with Republicans in the House and the Senate.”
Rep. Brat argues that the Freedom Caucus has compromised from voting for that
 2015 full repeal of Obamacare to nearly supporting the American Health Care Act,
 “kind of an Obamacare federal structure that maintains the basic architecture of 
Obamacare.”
This is not what the conservative base in the Republican Party voted for in 2016. Then again, actually it is.
“The idea that we haven’t moved considerably is just laughable,” Brat said. 
Further, “it was clear to Leadership that more moderates were going to vote no if
 that bill came to the floor than the Freedom Caucus. But that narrative is not as 
convenient. Once that vote hit 22 ‘Noes’ it was going to go to 60 or 70, is the best
 estimate.”
Why then are moderates like Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Il.) claiming the Freedom
 Caucus killed Obamacare repeal? 
“They’re just being politically shrewd,” Brat said. “The mainstream media, of course,
 goes along with that narrative that it's these conservative guys’ fault. It’s the usual 
D.C. narrative.”
A narrative that President Trump has bought into. But Freedom Caucus conservatives 
aren’t the only ones making Brat’s point.
Congressman Tom Emmer (R-Minn.) — who is not a member of the Freedom Caucus 
— told PJ media that “there were probably ten to fifteen members of the Freedom
 Caucus that were still a no.” However, Emmer estimated that there were “two-thirds
 to three-quarters of the Freedom Caucus [who] were yes on this bill.” A “vast majority.”
This media narrative blaming the Freedom Caucus is “intentional,” Emmer said.
It always has been this way. You've got to marginalize the conservatives as 
much as possible. I think this is done both by liberals on the Left as much 
as liberals on the Right, Walter. The more you can marginalize this group,
 the less influence they can have, right?...
Marginalizing conservatives is exactly what the moderate Republicans in the Tuesday
 Group have decided to do. Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.), who was the first member 
of Congress to endorse President Trump, told reporters today that the Freedom 
Caucus no longer has a seat at the table for negotiations on legislation.
These moderate Republicans refused to go along with a full repeal of Obamacare, 
and now they are pledging to work with liberal Democrats to pass bad bills rather than
 use the Republican majority to pass conservative legislation.
It’s compromise with Democrats. Screw the conservatives. Pass liberal legislation 
that will hurt people. And President Trump is fine with all of it.
This is not what the conservative base in the Republican Party voted for in 2016. 
Then again, actually it is. The Tea Party took this risk when they handed Trump the
 Republican nomination in 2016. Donald Trump was never a conservative. He was 
Some conservatives knew that when they held their nose to beat Hillary Clinton. 
Well, the Democrats are out of power and conservatives are still losing. So where
 do we go from here?

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Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer 
and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in Politics and Economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are Conservative Political Philosophy, the American Founding, and Progressive Rock. Follow
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