The Texas Tea Party has sent a bold message to President Trump.
The White House has hurled blame at the House Freedom Caucus for opposing the tumultuous health care bill brought forward by Paul Ryan.
In response to all the backlash against the Caucus, the Texas Tea Party wrote a letter making it very clear that the Tea Party stands with the Freedom Caucus in opposition to Ryancare.
More than 90 conservative grassroots leaders signed the letter to send a message to Trump that he needn’t turn his back on the movement that propelled him into the Oval Office.
“To our dismay, the repeal and replace plan put forward by U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) did nothing to address the core regulatory infrastructure of Obamacare, which means that American families would still see health care costs continue to rise until at least 2026,” the letter reads.
“This is unacceptable.”
“The Freedom Caucus is doing exactly what their supporters and their constituents sent them to Washington to do,” said JoAnn Fleming, the Executive Director of Grassroots America – We the People.
As a volunteer conservative activist in Texas for more than 25 years, Fleming has also served as the Texas Legislature’s Tea Party Caucus Advisory Committee, Chairman of Lt. Governor Dan Patrick’s Grassroots Advisory Board, and an adviser to the Freedom Caucus of the Texas state legislature.
“Frankly, the people that I work with in Texas, all these grassroots leaders on this letter – they worked their tails off to send Republicans to Washington and to offices at every level of government — to stand strong behind conservative, limited government, constitutional conservative principles,” Fleming said.
Fleming says that her letter seeks to make it abundantly clear that Trump would be making a grave mistake to turn his back on the Tea Party and the House Freedom Caucus.
“We don’t agree with you, Mr. President, on the approach you’re taking toward the Freedom Caucus and toward the promises we intend to hold the GOP to. They made a promise that they were going to repeal Obamacare, and that means take out all of the big government structure that was there, the mandates, and to get us back to a patient-centered, free-market based approach to health care. This bill did not do any of that and what we believe is that it would have driven up costs, premiums.”
The Tea Party groups of Texas strongly urge Trump to work with the HFC if he actually plans to “drain the swamp” like he claims he wants to do.
While the Trump administration stated two weeks ago that they planned to move on to tax reform after they pulled the health care bill, there are many reports showing that Republicans are gearing up for a second attempt to pass a health care bill that actually contains conservative principals.
“The president will be on the opposite side of many conservative grassroots leaders on the ground, in the trenches every single day,” said Fleming if Trump continues to oppose the Freedom Caucus.
“This is what we do. We try to advance liberty through conservative principles. It’s not about the person. It’s not about a political icon. It is about principle for us.”
Trump should push certain establishment foes out of his ear and remember that he was elected on the backs of the Tea Party.
It is the House Freedom Caucus working to ensure the president passes legislation that is deeply rooted in conservatism.
If Trump listens to them, he will be in a much better position in 2020 when up for re-election.