Trump threatens to ‘fight’ Freedom Caucus in midterms

March 30, 2017

Trump warned that the group could “hurt the entire Republican agenda” if its members clash with party leaders, lumping them together with Democrats on a list of his top political targets.

“The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018!” the president tweeted.

The president is escalating an internal party feud that could have grave consequences for the rest of his legislative agenda.
He appeared to hint at the possibility of encouraging primary challenges against Freedom Caucus members, the vast majority of whom represent solid Republican districts.

38 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Roy Fredrichsen says:

    All I know is if O’Bummer was doing a good job as El Presidente, then why are we seeing so many “panhandlers” on our street corners for the past 3 years these days. Trump hsn’t had enough time to create the big mess in Washington that was created under O’Bummer.

  • Don Wright says:

    This is a mistake. Sometimes, the notion of just passing a piece of legislation seems to be the most important thing to accomplish. In the case of this health care repeal and replace … that is not the case. Craft a bill that will not see premiums continue to rise. Work with the Freedom Caucus as they are working for all Americans. Do not attack them as that will just dampen our support. Craft a better bill, put pressure on Ryan and the moderates in the Republican party to allow the real changes and benefits that will accrue to all Americans if some vital additions from this Caucus are included. Remember, the bill will be tweaked, and recrafted once it gets to the senate. Negotiations are important just as compromise is … however, there are times when compromise violates core principles. Republicans vowed to “repeal” and “replace” Obamacare. They did not vow to simply modify it to “Obamacare Light”!

  • cae973 says:

    I voted for Trump but support the freedom caucus…Ryan is a k street swampee who will pull Trump into the swamp with him if he listens to this rhino.

  • justinwachin says:

    I don’t think the Freedom Caucus is President Trump’s enemy. From what I’ve read this group spoke up against a bad health care reform bill. If he is going to get mad at someone the president should train his sights on the House Republican leadership. They pushed a bill that watered down Obamacare rather than replacing it.

    The Freedom Caucus seems to be more in tune with the American people than Paul Ryan is. The president needs to be careful of who he attacks or he will finish his term with a Democrat Senate and possibly a Democrat House. I can assure the president that his agenda will have to change significantly to get anything accomplished if Democrats regain control of Congress. He will also seal his fate as a one term president.

  • Michael Lloyd says:

    NO! That would be a huge mistake. The Freedom Caucus did him a big favor by voicing disapproval of HR1628. Why President Trump keeps supporting it is a mystery. The bill was a piece of crap! AND Ryan knew it. If he goes after anybody, it should be Ryan who has sold him a bill of goods and continues to stab him (and us) in the back at every turn.

  • Webb says:

    I for one expect President Trump to do as he Promised…Repeal ObamaCare Entirely
    Going after Conservatives is a No, No…Freedom Caucas is asking for what was Promised not anything Lite…
    I support Trump but I want Government out of my life as much as possible…
    I Built My Life…Not Government!

  • Tiger says:

    Yeh President Trump, Really? I sure as Hell hope you read these blogs cause I email you daily and I am going to fight you tooth, nail, hometown talks, my Talk Radio that is syndicated in my town, the paper I write articles for if you don’t, get those damned refugees from coming here in droves they are doing it as I type, thousands have come since January. Know what else I will fight you if you don’t name Muslim Brotherhood a Terrorist organization and get them out of our infrastructure. I will fight you tooth and nail if you don’t punish those Mayors who are being contentious and farting in your general direction by continuing to harbor illegals. Prosecute them. That will do it. Also I will fight you tooth and nail if you don’t stop the benefits for illegals and the refugees.

    So make our day President Trump you are walking on thin ice and got some explaining to do to all of us.

    1. pmbalele says:

      Please talk to Trump to tone it down. You heard Trump vows – to fight Freedom Caucus Republicans and Democrats in 2018. Trump should learn how to deal with his former friends – the Republicans and TPs; otherwise he will be a one-term president. Repubs and TPs, like you, are sneaky who are always jealous of whoever is in the WH. Now they are treating him as pariah or outcast Republican. One thing Trump has done right is not to trust the following: Ryan, McConnell, Sean Hannity, Pence, Bill O’rielly and Newt. These are dangerous to his job now. Trump should expand Obamacare if he wants 2nd term; otherwise nobody, other than 1% racists, will vote for him

      1. Tiger says:

        Oh go away I am in no mood pmbalele.

        1. pmbalele says:

          What – you’re not in no mood. I was not asking for that. After all I am older than Trump.

          1. Tiger says:

            LOLOLOL silly man thanks for the laugh.

      2. Retired says:

        It is time to take away the non profit status of organized groups that support the freedom caucus .

  • Leslie Woodhull says:

    The RINOS are trying to get rid of the Tea Party. It’s not going to work!!

  • texexpatriate says:

    Trump has all too willingly joined hands with the old established treasonous RINOs in the GOP and it is too much for me to abide. Bye-bye GOP! If Trump keeps it up the GOP will lose the House of Representatives in 2018 (while former voters avoid the polls) and the Presidency in 2020 (while even more former voters stay home). What Trump is doing Ted Cruz would not have done. I had hoped that Trump would loosen the grip of the Federal Tyranny that governs America but it only promises to get worse.

  • Leonard Charles King III says:

    please don’t fight common sense, “Freedom” is the core of the Republican party, well at least the Party I grew up in. freedom of of the people from the early 1800’s. Leave me alone to fail or prosper on my own, stop taking my money,lest the market deal with health care for the whole country with minimum or no government interference. The Freedom Caucus is the foundation of America. Work with Please Mr. President, don’ fight it, that’s just wrong

    1. bobnstuff says:

      The Freedom Caucus is not and never has been the core of the Republican party. This is the far right wing part that is a bunch of new comers to the party. I would suggest you look at the history of the party in the last century. This is the party of the progressives. This is also the party of Nixon. Even if you choose to go back farther you run into Lincoln. You have the Libertarian party mixed up with the Republicans. The Republicans gave us the EPA and granted amnesty to millions of illegals. They also are the party that grows the size of government and the size of the national debt. Go study some history. If anything Trump is finding the roots of the party and is beginning to understand he is the president of all Americans not just of the far right wing republicans. Those RINO’s are in fact the real party.

      1. Leslie Woodhull says:

        You’re right. They’d like to continue their leftist, progressive policies-BIT WE WON’T LET THEM.

        1. bobnstuff says:

          You can’t stop the moderates. The far right doesn’t have the power because they are in fact not all that many. If the moderates decide to work together the super conservative are out of luck. Face the facts most of the country doesn’t hold their views on anything. Over half the citizen in the US are in fact Democrats or independents. Add in the moderate Republicans and the ultra right gets nothing.

          1. Webb says:

            We got Trump…views held!

          2. bobnstuff says:

            If you try to see who Trump really is you will find that he is more moderate then conservative.

          3. Leslie Woodhull says:

            I’m an Independent-but I’m very conservative. I think many people are just tired of the same old same old. Being too far right or too far left doesn’t accomplish anything. I don’t want the government in my pocket-I want them out of my hair most of the time.

          4. bobnstuff says:

            Extremes are not good in government. I’m a moderate Republican. I’m a fiscal conservative but a social liberal. I want the government out of the bedroom and the doctors office. I want the government to put some controls on greed and to make sure I have a clean, safe environment. This puts me at odds with the far right who will let our environment be destroyed for the profit of big business but want to say who people can love and what a women can do with her body. The most important thing I want from government is my moneys worth from my taxes. If you check you will see a lot of our tax dollars ending up in the pockets of the very rich with little in return. Our military spending is the prime example. We waste more money in military hardware that is outrageously over priced and in some cases not even asked for by our military. Eisenhower warned us about the Military Industrial Complex. It has had control of our country now for over half a century. For the money we spend our military should be six times the size of any other military in the world. Just who is being paid off to waste all that money. Healthcare is the other big rip off for our government. We pay twice what other countries do for healthcare and get a substandard system in return. We have created a system designed to make people wealthy at the expense of our government and our businesses. The two biggest payers for healthcare is the government and businesses, they account for 80% of all healthcare spending. Why do we put up with a employer based insurance system where we expect health insurance to come from the workplace? It’s stupid. About 50% of our dollars are wasted. There is a lot of talk about cutting the size of government but in fact the problem isn’t the size but the waste. I don’t mind paying taxes, I do mind being ripped off.

      2. Webb says:

        Wrong…Newcomers Really?

        1. bobnstuff says:

          I have been a member of the republican party for forty five years and even held office in the party. The Tea Party has only been around for about 12 years, that is a very short time in the life of the party.

          1. Webb says:

            In 12 years WE COULD not recognize America…

          2. bobnstuff says:

            The leaders of the Republican party really haven’t changed but you good folks now try to claim they are not true republicans even though they are the ones that built the party.

          3. Roy Fredrichsen says:

            Who recognizes it now?

      3. Retired says:

        Troll alert —- bobnbullshitky strikes a gain , you are a bad impersonator claiming to be a republican .

        1. bobnstuff says:

          Fool alert, Retired thinks that 20% is a majority. The Freedom Coalition makes up only 20% of the congress. The real republicans still run the party.

          1. Retired says:

            That is why they are scared of their own shadow . what are they afraid of ???You have no clue as to what I think and know. You are not a republican . You are a anti Trump joining the libbers .

          2. bobnstuff says:

            They are afraid these fake republicans are destroying our nation. They have no idea how to govern. They have forgotten that we are all Americans and it’s their job to represent everyone not just the people who voted for them. Winner takes all doesn’t apply to running a country. You think? I would have never guessed it from your post.

          3. Retired says:

            Actually you are only part way there, Politics today is about raising campaign money and for the party . That was what 2016 was all about As a claimed Republican you should know that in your old age, but then you are probably in for it for the free stuff .

    2. texexpatriate says:

      Obviously you believe the Yankee Myth about Lincoln’s war against the South. Tyranny, not freedom, was the core of the GOP of the Nineteenth Century. With Goldwater in the Twentieth Century you could say freedom began to be the GOP core. Certainly you are right about the Freedom Caucus. These are the genuine Americans in the party.

  • jake mccollum says:

    I don’t think he really wants to win a second term

  • JC says:

    It might be getting time to exist the Trump train

  • kjenkinsaf says:

    May be solid republican districts with RINOS in them. Clean ’em out.

  • Ramon1710 . says:

    No. The establishment has done a great job of conning the President. It’s the RINOs which are trying to “hurt the entire Republican agenda”, if not kill it. The globalist McConnells, Ryans, McCains, Cochrans, Bushes, Grahams, Kirks, Kasichs, Roves, Rubios, Fiorinas, Roves, Corkers, Christies, Priebuses, are what have to go. CFR membership is a good indication of a traitor.
    In draining the swamp, we need to get rid of the muck, not the water.

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