The civil war raging within the Republican Party reached a new low today as President Donald Trump and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s long simmering tension exploded into the public eye.
Early this morning, White House Director of Social Media Dan Scavino Jr. posted a tweet slamming the veteran senator:
— Dan Scavino Jr. (@DanScavino) August 9, 2017
The collapse of the Trumpcare legislation was a major black eye for the fledgling president, one from which he has yet to fully recover. What should have been the fulfillment of a signature campaign promise instead ended up as an embarrassing, televised defeat.
While McConnell certainly deserves a huge portion of the blame for the disastrous and ultimately failed push for Trumpcare, Trump himself is also responsible. He refused to engage with the details of the legislation and displayed a disturbing lack of knowledge about healthcare. His total lack of leadership led to several Republicans jumping ship and sinking the bill. In usual Donald fashion though, the president refuses to accept the part he played in the failure.
Now, Trump himself has joined Scavino in blaming McConnell:
Senator Mitch McConnell said I had "excessive expectations," but I don't think so. After 7 years of hearing Repeal & Replace, why not done?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 9, 2017
With a single brash tweet, Trump has divided the Republican Party even further. McConnell wields a lot of influence in Congress, arguably more than Trump, and could prove to be a formidable enemy for the neophyte president.
It’s unclear how McConnell will react, but Trump would have been wise to keep his mouth shut. After all, McConnell and the Republican Party are the only things standing between him and impeachment. How fittingly ironic would it be if the social media president was undone by a single tweet?