For a President who will rely on his slim majority in the Senate to hopefully propel him to legislative victories, President Trump seems to be burning all bridges on his way towards the fire. After attacking his own Attorney General, Jeff Sessions, three times in the last week, and yesterday turning his attention to his Deputy FBI Director, Andrew McCabe, the President today decided to attack one of his own Republican Senators. The attack, which came via a tweet at approximately 7:13 a.m. this morning, could easily be seen as an attempt at intimidation and retaliation for yesterday’s healthcare vote.
“Senator @lisamurkowski of the Great State of Alaska really let the Republicans, and our country, down yesterday. Too bad!” Trump tweeted.
Murkowski, who is very popular in her home state, with a 59% approval rating and just a 21% disapproval rating, joined Republican Senator Susan Collins from Maine in voting against a procedural measure to begin debate on the GOP healthcare bill yesterday. She also voted against a Republican proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act later in the day.
Clearly Republicans can not get on the same page. They have the majority in the House and the Senate and have the power to pass through legislation, but there are divides within the party on just how a new healthcare bill should look. Trump’s tweet this morning certainly isn’t doing anything to shorten this divide, and in fact it is likely seen as intimidation.
The President seems to think that if he tweets insults towards specific Senators it will get them in line for later votes, but with an approval rating of just 35%, it’s going to be hard for him to intimidate those who disagree with him. Considering that the last bill the Senate voted down had a 17% favorability rating, Murkowski likely isn’t losing many of her constituents by voting ‘no’.