Remember who your most loyal allies are.
Rep. Louie Gohmert reminded President Donald Trump Sunday which side his bread was buttered on — that there were times that House Freedom Caucus members were the only ones in Congress who remained loyal to him, and that he should try to work with them and not fight them.
Clip via Fox News Channel
During his appearance on “Sunday Morning Futures,” the Texas Republican and Freedom Caucus member said that the American Health Care Act, as it’s written, will result in insurance rate increases and does not repeal Obamacare, which “gave government more power” over the lives of Americans.
Gohmert said that Freedom Caucus members and Trump twice came to an agreement during the AHCA negotiations, but that each time [chief of staff Reince] Priebus and [House Speaker Paul] Ryan” moved the president in a different direction.
Afterwards, Trump and establishment Republicans agreed to “go to war against [the Freedom Caucus], the people that defended the president, when Ryan and those guys abandoned him,” the congressman said.
Earlier Sunday, the president said that if the AHCA fails, Freedom Caucus members should be defeated at the polls in 2018 along with Democrats.
Gohmert countered that “If the bill passes, the president’s administration will be defined for the next four years as a fraud,” given that Republicans have promised a full repeal of Obamacare for seven years.
On the other hand, passage of the AHCA as written, is “a twofer for the establishment,” because it would destroy the grassroots conservative movement and would make Trump look bad in the process.
Looking ahead, Gohmert said that a compromise tax reform bill will be disastrous if the president “weakens the conservatives that will make it a good bill.”
He said that if the president continues taking the advice of establishment Republicans, Trump will be hurt just as the establishment hurt former President Ronald Reagan.
“The only time Reagan succeeded was when he didn’t listen to the establishment folks … and actually followed his own instinct.”
Gohmert concluded that the success or failure of the Trump presidency will be decided in the next 30 days.
He implored the president to work with Freedom Caucus members and other conservatives who supported him from the beginning and help propel him into office “when others like Ryan and the establishment were running scared.”
Fox News host Sean Hannity gave Trump much the same sound advice — to work with and not against the Freedom Caucus.
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