Donald Trump, the self praised “great negotiator” walked away from negotiations today demanding a vote on his TrumpDontCare healthcare bill.
Abandoning negotiations, President Donald Trump on Thursday demanded a make-or-break vote on health care legislation in the House, threatening to leave “Obamacare” in place and move on to other issues if Friday’s vote fails.
The risky move, part gamble and part threat, was presented to GOP lawmakers behind closed doors Thursday night after a long and intense day that saw a planned vote on the health care bill scrapped as the legislation remained short of votes amid cascading negotiations among conservative lawmakers, moderates and others.
At the end of it the president had had enough and was ready to vote and move on, whatever the result, Trump’s budget director Mick Mulvaney told lawmakers.
“‘Negotiations are over, we’d like to vote tomorrow and let’s get this done for the American people.’ That was it,” Rep. Duncan Hunter of California said as he left the meeting, summarizing Mulvaney’s message to lawmakers.
And if the vote fails, Obamacare “stays for now,” Hunter said.
“Let’s vote,” White House chief strategist Steve Bannon said as he left the meeting.
The outcome of Friday’s vote was uncertain. Both conservative and moderate lawmakers claimed the bill lacked votes after a long day of talks.
If you’re not in the top 1 percent and able to get massive tax cuts simply because you’re rich, then you’re not worthy of any program that will make your survival any easier.
That is apparently where Donald Trump and the Republicans stand when it comes to programs designed to help the middle class and poorer Americans, programs like Meals on Wheels – a program that delivers meals to the elderly. According to the Trump White House, funding that help states offer Meals on Wheels benefits must be cut.
Listen to this White House Trump staffer explain why cutting funding to these fundamental programs make sense.
Mulvaney said Meals on Wheels “sounds great” but it is “not showing any results”pic.twitter.com/4vF7LxEcrO
— Steve Kopack (@SteveKopack) March 16, 2017
Now, for those who have followed Trump during his presidential campaign and hung on to his every word for dear life, you are probably dead by now. I’m sure you have heard Trump say time and again that he never settles lawsuits because settling lawsuits show that you have something to hide.
Well, apparently Trump has something to hide. He has decided against fighting to prove his innocence in multiple fraud cases against him and has instead chosen to settled those cases $25 million. The fraud cases were due to his defunct real estate seminar program, Trump University.
The settlement eliminates the possibility that Trump will be called to testify in court in the midst of his presidential transition. It ends three separate lawsuits that made claims against Trump University, including a California class action case that was scheduled to go to trial later this month, as well as a second suit in that state and an action filed by New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman.
Reporting from The Daily Beast show Swastikas, racist graffiti, and allusions to Nazi Germany appeared on storefronts and other locations in Philadelphia overnight, following Donald Trump’s victory. An SUV was painted with “Trump Rules” and “Black Bitch.”
Another shop had “Sieg Heil 2016” painted on its window with a swastika. Others had “Trump,” where the “T” was replaced with a swastika. Many of the incidents were reported to police overnight for cleanup and investigation, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer. Wednesday is also the 78th anniversary of Kristallnacht, “The Night of Broken Glass,” when Nazi Germany encouraged pogroms against Jewish sites across Berlin in 1938.
— PhillyVoice (@thephillyvoice) November 9, 2016
It was supposed to be the brand Donald Trump and Mike Pence use to thrust themselves into the White House, but almost immediately after his VP announcement was made, and almost immediately after Trump unveils the new logo, social media saw the joke and began poking fun at the sexually suggestive logo, causing the Trump campaign to remove the logo from its website.
By Saturday morning, within a day of its unveiling, the new logo had been ridiculed endlessly on social media, and the Trump campaign had it removed from the official website.
The logo was intended to celebrate Indiana Gov. Mike Pence joining the GOP ticket as Trump’s running mate. But it couldn’t even be seen on the “Donate” page of his website alongside the news of Pence.
The Daily Kos political blog was among the first to notice that the Trump campaign apparently had given up on the new design.
The much-maligned logo, which was introduced Friday, featured an interlaced “T” and “P” in blue, with red and white stripes stretching to the right to represent a stylized U.S. flag.
It was instantly mocked on social media for having the “T” pass through the hole of the “P” in a manner that some considered sexually suggestive. Others joked that “T.P.” stands for toilet paper.
Comedian Samantha Bee, the host of “Full Frontal” and a “Daily Show” alum, shared a GIF on Twitter in which the “T” repeatedly thrusts down into the P, causing the bottom red stripe to bounce up and down. It was captioned, “Breaking the mattress of America.”
Breaking the mattress of America. pic.twitter.com/M4Cq62YS2c
— Full Frontal (@FullFrontalSamB) July 15, 2016
Jeb Bush opened his mouth again and again, another awkward statement jumped out!
In another recent interview, Jeb talked about why he should win the nomination and not Donald Trump. And according to the JebCanFixIt man, a Hillary Clinton / Donald Trump match-up would result in Hillary cleaning Donald.
“I cannot imagine Donald Trump becoming president because he would never win. He would never win, Hillary Clinton would clean him.”
Now, maybe I’m reading too much into this statement. Maybe this is just an innocent proclamation by the Republican presidential wannabe, or maybe like his brother George, Jeb just cannot control the things that come out of his mouth. But whatever the reason, the last think I need in my brain is a visual of Hillary cleaning Donald.
I’m having lunch for crying out loud!
Trump’s representative denied such a meeting occurred.
Probably the most well famous ‘birther,’ Trump has spent years claiming to have investigations into President Barack Obama’s history underway and questioning the legitimacy of the commander in chief’s birth certificate.
Shortly before the election, his offer to give $5 million to charity if Obama gave him his academic records was the subject of much mockery in the press.
If his children did ask him to stop blasting the president before the election, they were ignored.
Trump was again in the news on election night when he went on a Twitter rant calling for ‘revolution’ because of the election results.
NBC anchor Brian Williams read some of Trump’s tweets on the air, while claiming he did so reluctantly, as he declared that the TV personality – whose show, Celebrity Apprentice, airs on NBC – had ‘driven well past the last exit to relevance.’
‘This is, as they say, out there and getting an airing tonight, so you might as well know about it,’ Williams groaned. ‘Donald Trump, who has driven well past the last exit to relevance and veered into something closer to irresponsible here, is tweeting tonight. Here’s a sampling…’
Williams read several of Trump’s tweets, which called the election a ‘total sham and a travesty.’
However, as it became apparent that former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney would not win the election, the Donald’s tweets became more enraged, and more hyperbolic.
Trump began with: ‘Well, back to the drawing board!’
He quickly followed up with a call to revolution. The Trump wrote: ‘He lost the popular vote by a lot and won the election. We should have a revolution in this country!’ – before deleting the tweet.
h/t The Daily Mail