US Vice President Mike Pence (L) and Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R) applaud as US President Donald J. Trump (C) arrives to deliver his first address to a joint session of Congress from the floor of the House of Representatives in Washington, DC, USA, 28 February 2017. Traditionally the first address to a joint session of Congress by a newly-elected president is not referred to as a State of the Union.

Trump won’t let up on Freedom Caucus

Is there anyone left in the US who believes President Trump is a conservative? If so, he seems to be doing all he can to prove you wrong.

You might recall that Trump used his legendary infamous Twitter account Sunday to attack the House Freedom Caucus over its refusal to support the establishment Republican healthcare overhaul.

On Monday he was back at it.

After leaving that bone for a few days to chase his tail go after the New York Times and other press outlets, The President took to gnawing on it again this morning – only this time he included an overt threat.

Though most Freedom Caucus members are likely to retain their seats, such a threat coming from the highest-ranking elected party member in the nation cannot be overlooked. The very idea that a sitting Republican President would threaten to oust the members of his own party most appealing to its base – a notion that likely has Ronald Reagan rolling over his his grave – should serve both to embolden Freedom Caucus members and as further proof that conservatism has no friend in the Oval Office.

Though traditional blue states were largely responsible for elevating Donald Trump to the White House, he would do well to remember that he couldn’t have made it without the support of traditional red states – those which are overwhelmingly conservative and which have put many of the Freedom Caucus members in office.

If attacks like these – which do nothing but further divide the party – continue, the Republican Party will continue its march to the left, and conservatives will be more and more unwelcome as time passes.

Either that, or the conservatives Trump so effectively sicced on Hillary Clinton in November will turn on him in 2020.

To avoid either scenario, President Trump needs to step up to the plate and find a way to unite the party, rather than sitting in the dugout throwing insults.

 

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Tim Thomas

Christian home schooling father of 4 (plus one), married to the same incredible woman 26 years. Public high school and (current) college mathematics educator 14 years. Former sports writer and machinist. Proud Cruz voter.

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