Trump and Freedom Caucus Clash over Health Care Fallout

He vowed to "fight them" in 2018 if they don't get behind him.

If the White House is serious about ousting Amash, it will not be easy.

As Trump sides with the Republican establishment over the House Freedom Caucus, members of the conservative media who helped propel Trump to victory are choosing the House Freedom Caucus over the president.

House Speaker Paul Ryan warned Thursday in an interview on CBS that if conservatives failed to work with Trump, he would "just go work with Democrats to try and change Obamacare and that's not, that's hardly a conservative thing".

"Most people don't take too well to being bullied", said Rep. Amash on Thursday in response to a tweet from President Donald Trump criticizing the Freedom Caucus. They claimed the proposal did not go far enough in its repeal and did not include numerous provisions President Trump promised during his campaign, such as removing the "artificial lines" that stopped individuals from purchasing health insurance across state lines.

"I mean it's constructive in 5th grade", Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., a founding member of the House Freedom Caucus, sarcastically told reporters at the Capitol today when asked if the president's pressure could be a tactic to reignite negotiations. He said that if they "would get on board we would have both great healthcare and massive tax cuts & reform". "If you think the Freedom Caucus is them, well then, Mr. President, you don't have any support because the people who elected the Freedom Caucus elected you". Earlier this month he invited the mostly Democratic Congressional Black Caucus to the White House to find legislative common ground.

Nevertheless, Amash responded to Trump's criticism of his caucus, calling the plan "Swampcare" and claiming the president had succumbed "to the D.C. Establishment". "We're going to win with military, we're going to win at the borders, we're going to win with trade, we're going to win at everything".

A similar Trump intrusion in state races faces a similar repudiation. The maverick Michigan Republican is however used to primary challenges. They have also taken a stand knowing that while Trump is popular in their districts, they are equally so. They recruited a primary challenger for him in 2014 with backing from the U.S.

"It's the same old thing with the Freedom Caucus: Don't let the ideal be the enemy of the good", Ellis said. Amash was not among them, though. Many House Leaders support the latter and many oppose it.

This is exhibited in the GOP's failure to pass its alternative to Obamacare this past week in Congress. But by all estimates, they number only about three dozen members.

"#TrumpTrain, defeat him in primary", Scavino tweeted to the president's supporters.

"I urge the president to rethink these attacks on the Freedom Caucus", said L. Brent Bozell III, a Republican advocacy leader, during a conference call filled with top conservatives defending the Freedom Caucus against President Donald Trump's recent attacks directed toward the group.

But Sachtleben says those positions just flat out ignore what the American people have been voting for. My hope is that reason and cooler heads will prevail from numerous Freedom Caucus members to move forward with a positive replacement of Obamacare.

"While I've been in Congress, I can't recall a more universally detested piece of legislation than this GOP health care bill", Amash tweeted back on March 20 regarding the President's failed health care legislation.

  • Carolyn Briggs