President-elect Donald Trump is taking his case for healthcare reform straight to the American people — and it has the career politicians in Washington, D.C. caught off-guard.
The beltway establishment began the 115th Congress ready for a long, drawn-out healthcare reform battle over President Barack Obama’s signature Affordable Care Act disaster.
Trump is having none of it.
The president-elect took to Twitter on Thursday and demanded both sides of the aisle — Republicans and Democrats — cut out their political grandstanding and instead start working on an affordable deal for U.S. citizens.
The Democrats, lead by head clown Chuck Schumer, know how bad ObamaCare is and what a mess they are in. Instead of working to fix it, they..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2017
…do the typical political thing and BLAME. The fact is ObamaCare was a lie from the beginning."Keep you doctor, keep your plan!" It is….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2017
It’s a stunning and innovative method of leadership, and supporters are saying Trump’s Tweets are the 21st century equivalent of former President Theodore Roosevelt’s famous bully pulpit.…time for Republicans & Democrats to get together and come up with a healthcare plan that really works – much less expensive & FAR BETTER!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2017
For those unfamiliar with the term, “A bully pulpit is a conspicuous position that provides an opportunity to speak out and be listened to. This term was coined by President Theodore Roosevelt, who referred to the White House as a ‘bully pulpit’, by which he meant a terrific platform from which to advocate an agenda,” according to Wikipedia.
In other words, Trump is using his high-profile political office — the presidency — to push political reform through compromise and public opinion.
The effective use of the bully pulpit by Trump — which was wielded earlier this week to force House Republicans to back off a secret deal to gut an independent congressional ethics oversight system– is a sharp contrast to Obama’s heavily criticized reliance on potentially unlawful executive orders, which opponents complained weakened the U.S. Constitution.
Later, Trump took to social media to blast the media’s unfair coverage of him.
The dishonest media likes saying that I am in Agreement with Julian Assange – wrong. I simply state what he states, it is for the people….— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2017
It’s about time we drained those swamps.to make up their own minds as to the truth. The media lies to make it look like I am against "Intelligence" when in fact I am a big fan!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 5, 2017
— The Horn editorial team