As Donald Trump and the Republican Party are in a maddening rush to push their disastrous tax cut bill through before Alabama victor Doug Jones takes his seat in the Senate, Trump’s own words have come back to haunt him.
Seven years ago, Trump referred to former President Barack Obama “very smart” for waiting to hold final healthcare votes until then-newly elected Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.) was seated. In the 2010 interview with CNN, Trump had praised Obama for having “pulled back” on rushing the health care vote after Brown was elected – which is the exact opposite of what Trump is now trying to do with the tax bill. Trump had said on CNN:
“He said now, you know, we have to give Massachusetts their vote, which was a very smart thing for him to say. But that may kill his health care plan. Boy, he has devoted an entire year, and all of his capital, to this one particular situation that a lot of people don’t want.”
During that time, Obama had insisted that the Senate shouldn’t try to “jam anything through” until Brown was seated. In brilliant advice that Trump should certainly follow, Obama had said years ago:
“The people in Massachusetts spoke. He’s got to be part of that process.”
Currently, the Democratic Party is pushing for Jones to be sworn in before there is a final vote on the tax plan, which has already been called a disaster by many. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) recently called on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) to “hit pause on his tax bill and not hold a final vote” until Jones is seated. Schumer said:
“Doug Jones will be the duly elected senator from the state of Alabama. The governor didn’t appoint him. He won an election.”
While Trump and the GOP are trying their hardest to vote on their tax bill next week, officials have stated that the Senate race results won’t be certified until the end of December – causing Jones’ swearing in to be delayed until January. Trump’s former statements just prove how much of a hypocrite he is, and hopefully he will face enough pressure over these comments to delay a vote that Jones should clearly be a part of.
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