‘#Swampcare Polls 17%. Sad!’: GOP Pols Fire Back After Trump’s Freedom Caucus Attack
Earlier, we posted about a Thursday morning tweet from President Donald Trump in which he said “we must fight” the Freedom Caucus.
The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 30, 2017
The tweet comes a few days after the caucus helped prevent the GOP’s health care plan, the American Health Care Act, from reaching a vote on the House floor.
Now, Freedom Caucus members and other GOP politicians are firing back, suggesting a possible division in the party, which would serve as a major impediment to Trump’s legislative agenda.
Appearing on Fox News Thursday, Freedom Caucus member Jim Jordan (R-OH) said the group would not back down following the Trump tweet.
“The Freedom Caucus is trying to change Washington,” he said. “This bill keeps Washington the same, plain and simple.”
He added: “We appreciate the president, we’re trying to help the president. But the fact is you’ve got to look at the legislation, and it doesn’t do what we told the voters we would do.”
Freedom Caucus member Congressman Justin Amash (R-MI) was less diplomatic in his response:
— Justin Amash (@justinamash) March 30, 2017
Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY), though not a Freedom Caucus member, was one of the most vocal House members against the American Health Care Act. He also backed the caucus on Twitter as well.
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) March 30, 2017
Watch above, via Fox News.
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