Mitch McConnell isn’t getting the Jeff Sessions treatment but he’s definitely in President Trump’s crosshairs. (I say that in only the most non-threatening, harmless, and non-Sarah-Palin-esque way.)
Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn't get it done. Must Repeal & Replace ObamaCare!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 10, 2017
Love him or hate him, Trump has a very real point here. Not to say that repealing ObamaCare was going to be easy but McConnell has promised since 2010 that it is just around the corner if only the GOP controls enough of the government so whatever grief he gets from Trump is well deserved.
And McConnell, being the thin-skinned cretinous slug that he is has taken the bait. This was obviously on Trump’s mind as he held a brief press conference up in Bedminster, NJ, because he warmed up on the subject of Mitch McConnell:
Trump says, “You can ask the question” about whether Majority Leader Mitch McConnell should remain in his position if he cannot pass a plan to repeal and replace health care, change the tax code and move an infrastructure proposal.
On @SenateMajLdr @POTUS "I just want him to get repeal and replace done. For a thing like that to happen (one-vote loss) it's a disgrace."
— Major Garrett (@MajorCBS) August 10, 2017
All of this probably isn’t going anywhere because McConnell has enough support among his colleagues to avoid John Boehner’s fate.
"@SenateMajLdr has been the best leader we’ve had in my time in the Senate, through very tough challenges. I fully support him." -Hatch pic.twitter.com/3vD5nFgE36
— Senator Hatch Office (@senorrinhatch) August 10, 2017
Still, I don’t think we’re worse off for Trump using McConnell as a punching bag for a few weeks.