As we all know by now, Donald Trump and Paul Ryan’s disastrous healthcare bill went down in flames this past week, at the hands of the people in their own House Conference who knew what a disaster it was. However, what is just now being revealed is how Trump’s Chief White House Strategist and noted white supremacist Stephen K. Bannon quite literally tried to force House members to vote in favor of the bill.
According to new reports, Bannon went into a meeting with the ultra conservative Freedom Caucus, and said to them, point blank:
Guys, look. This is not a discussion. This is not a debate. You have no choice but to vote for this bill.”
Well, it seems that Bannon, just like Trump, has issues remembering that Congress is a separate, but co-equal branch of government, and they do not take orders from the White House. However, a Freedom Caucus member quickly disabused Bannon of the notion that Trump’s White House team could just storm Capitol Hill and force them to do their bidding, as if this is some kind of dictatorship or as if Trump is a king. The member reportedly snarked back at Bannon:
You know, the last time someone ordered me to something, I was 18 years old. And it was my daddy. And I didn’t listen to him, either.”
BOOM! It’s about time someone from the GOP stood up to Trump and his goons. The day the White House can force Congress to be nothing but a rubber stamp on their crazy agenda is the day our democracy dies. It looks like thus far, though, the separation of powers is holding, and the Trump White House has not yet managed to turn America into an autocracy.
We must keep fighting – and that means from both sides of the aisle – and be ready every time these people try and pull a stunt like this and govern unilaterally and with no checks and balances.
Whoever you are Freedom Caucus member, bravo on standing up to Bannon.
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