Midday Briefing: As Investigation Tightens, Trump Lashes Out
This is how the day in politics began:
They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story. Nice— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2017
You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people! #MAGA— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 15, 2017
Bob Mueller, who has not spoken one word publicly since being named the special prosecutor, is nevertheless being attacked by people on Twitter with clumsy fingers.
Muelleris now clearly the ti[p of the deep state spear aimed at destroying or at a minimum undermining and crippling the Trump presidency.— Newt Gingrich (@newtgingrich) June 15, 2017
And people with stupid faces.
Fox News "News Alert": Deep state targets Trump, Mueller must resign immediately pic.twitter.com/S3RYH66rUM— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) June 15, 2017
This quick video is pretty great, even if it is just one more of 100 examples that everything Trump warned about Clinton is happening under his presidency.
Trump, who's now under investigation, used to argue—a lot—that Clinton wouldn't be able to govern b/c she'd be under investigation for years pic.twitter.com/9bv5plO6ED— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 15, 2017
The good news is, no matter what the Republicans are saying publicly about Donald Trump, they don’t trust him, either, which is why the Senate just overwhelmingly voted to take away Donald Trump’s power to ease sanctions on Russia while also passing a new set of sanctions.
The vote of 97 to 2 is a sharp rebuke to President Trump’s posture on Russia and his resistance to the intelligence community’s assessment that the country was behind efforts to influence the election he won.
If Trump didn’t collude with Russia, then why wouldn’t Congress trust Trump with Russian sanctions? Huh? Huh?
Meanwhile, the Republicans are still pushing forward their healthcare bill. House Republicans are pissed at Donald Trump for throwing them under the bus by privately calling their bill “mean” behind closed doors, but that is exactly what it is. To wit:
New Analysis Finds Uninsured Rate for Kids Would Increase by 50% Under AHCA https://t.co/Ffjw7Eg6Ob— Georgetown CCF (@GeorgetownCCF) June 14, 2017
The Senate, however, is trying to put a better face on the same bill with a few cosmetic changes that do not change the results of the bill.
Those backdroom deals are designed to appeal to people like West Virginia Senator Shelley Moore Capito. If she votes for this bill, this is what happens in her state (via USA Today):
West Virginia’s uninsured rate would double by 2021 under the GOP plan after being cut by two-thirds under the ACA, and the beleaguered rural hospital system would see tens of millions of dollars in increased bad debt as people without insurance flood emergency rooms. The state would also be one of the five hardest hit in terms of job loss.
She will 100 percent still vote for it.
And don’t think because you have private insurance that you won’t be affected. Lifetime caps will be imposed on millions of employer plans.
NEW: Trumpcare will impose lifetime/annual limits on 20-27 million in employer plans nationwide. https://t.co/BjRJQk5oK8— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) June 15, 2017
It’s no wonder the Republicans are too ashamed to show it to the public, which Orrin Hatch outright concedes.
Who cares what the public thinks? What matters is that we get a majority!
We do this job to make a difference - and that means bringing folks together to get things done on behalf of the American people. pic.twitter.com/6dVY8ZXUxe— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) June 15, 2017
Come on, Adam. Don’t pretend for a second that the AHCA is getting things done on “behalf of the American people.” It’s getting things done on “behalf of wealthy American people.” Period. (I don’t mean to single out Kinzinger, but it infuriates me when anyone who voted for the AHCA suggests they’re doing the work of the American people, when only 19 percent support the AHCA).
Eighth-grade performer at a middle school promotion ceremony, summing it up: 'Thank you for the catastrophe of humanity'— Glenn Thrush (@GlennThrush) June 15, 2017
You know what? We probably deserve it:
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