On Sunday, an angry President Trump woke up firing off a tweet blasting house conservatives and a prominent right-wing group over his healthcare defeat.
In a tweet, Trump complained that Democrats benefited from the House Freedom Caucus and the Heritage Foundation’s opposition to the American Health Care Act, which right-leaning members of congress refused to support because they believed it didn’t cut enough benefits for the poor.
“Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!” Trump wrote, shortening the term “Obamacare.”
Democrats are smiling in D.C. that the Freedom Caucus, with the help of Club For Growth and Heritage, have saved Planned Parenthood & Ocare!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 26, 2017
Trump had previously threatened the House Freedom Caucus, hoping to scare members into getting behind the bill. He failed.
Initially, when the bill was pulled on Friday, Trump blamed Democrats, though House leaders never made serious attempts to compromise with Democrats on the AHCA. By Sunday, however, he shifted the blame.
This could signal the beginning of a civil war in the Republican party. The Daily Beast reported on Friday that chief political strategist Steve Bannon advised Trump to keep a list of lawmakers who opposed the bill for potential future retribution.