Healthcare

GOP Rep. Says No Deal to Dealmaker Trump, Because Immigrants

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Trump met with the House Republican caucus this morning because, as you know, he's a supposed "dealmaker" who can compel people to fuck themselves over out of sheer will rather than through lies and deception.

Trump reportedly threatened members of the GOP caucus by saying he would support their primary challengers if they don't vote for Trumpcare and, in the process, Trump demonstrated that he doesn't understand the opposition.

Threatening to support candidates who challenge the Batshit Caucus is an idle threat because, for them, Trumpcare doesn't go far enough. There is no one more right wing than them.

Case in point, Representative Lou Barletta (R-PA) says he will oppose Trumpcare for a very special reason.

“I moved from a lean no to a no,” said Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Pa.), a former Trump surrogate who said he is worried undocumented immigrants would take advantage of the GOP plan.

More troubling for Trump and House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), however, was that they do not appear to have won over Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus.

Imagine being this asshole. Over 24 million people might lose their coverage and he's worried that a handful of immigrants may take advantage of the situation in some vague manner.

Who's going to primary him? Certainly not someone from his right.

Trump's direct action is a big risk because, as his poll numbers sink and more and more people choose to ignore him, more congressmen, particularly conservatives, are going to realize that Trump needs them more than they need him.

After his unpopularity reaches a certain point, opposition to Trump will not be a liability even for congressmen and women from the most conservative districts. We may be there already.

  • muselet

    Lou Barletta “is worried undocumented immigrants would take advantage of the GOP plan.”

    Oy.

    Well, at least he’s consistent:

    He served as Mayor of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, from 1998 to 2010, and as Mayor he was known for his vocal opposition to illegal immigration and his efforts to keep illegal immigrants out of the city.

    [links omitted]

    As Ipecac said, the Right believes it’s better to punish millions to keep a handful of people from getting some government benefit they don’t deserve, and this is a classic example.

    –alopecia

  • Imagine being this asshole. Over 24 million people might lose their coverage and he’s worried that a handful of immigrants may take advantage of the situation in some vague manner.

    This is their fear about every single federal program. They are worried that someone might use food stamps who doesn’t want to work. They are worried that people might use public assistance to buy lobsters rather than beans. They are worried that someone will use unemployment money to buy drugs instead of to, you know, live. They are even so worried that someone will commit voter fraud that they’re willing to disenfranchise millions of Americans.

    Of course, they also perceive all of these actions as hurting people they hate, and depressing Democratic power, so it’s a win-win for them.

    • Georgie

      Or they could be brown/black or who ever they hate, damn racists.

  • “opposition to Trump will not be a liability even for congressmen and women from the most conservative districts. We may be there already”

    Good gods, I hope so!

  • Aynwrong

    I’m hoping we’re seeing the beginning of a collapse in Trump’s support and thusly, his ability to accomplish anything. I don’t know what else to hope for at this point.

    • Scopedog

      I believe we are seeing the early stages of it. Now, that does not mean it will happen in a New York minute–it will take time.

      But clearly, the truth is coming out–Trump is a disaster as a President, and he may be an illegitimate one at that, thanks to his collusion with Russia. He is turning out to be everything he–and the GOP, the media, and the alt-Left–accused Hillary Clinton of being.