GOP Rep. Compares Trump’s AHCA Rose Garden Celebration to Bush’s ‘Mission Accomplished’ Speech


One of the Republicans who helped get the American Health Care Act narrowly passed through the House of Representatives yesterday is making it clear that he isn’t all that thrilled with the bill… nor the president celebrating in the Rose Garden over its passage through just one chamber of Congress.

Rep. Mark Sanford (R-SC), who earlier today admitted to not reading the bill in its entirety before voting for it, compared President Donald Trump‘s celebratory speech to a rather infamous premature declaration.

“It’s kind of like George Bush going up on top of the aircraft carrier and saying ‘Mission Accomplished,'” he told MSNBC’s Craig Melvin when asked why he didn’t attend the Rose Garden event. “I mean, you’ve got to be careful about these things. People get ahead of their skis and it can come back to bite them.”

The South Carolina lawmaker was, of course, referencing President Bush delivering a May 2003 speech on the USS Abraham Lincoln where he stated major combat operations were over in Iraq, all while a large banner bearing the words MISSION ACCOMPLISHED waved above him.

Sanford went on to say that the health care issue is “solemn” and “weighty,” noting that the idea of “spiking the ball in the end zone” is dangerous.

The Republican congressman was once a no on the bill. However, one of the reasons he said he switched to a yes and voted for it is so the debate can continue in the Senate.

Watch the clip above, via MSNBC.

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