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Before being pulled from the floor of the House of Representatives, the TrumpCare billed was already doomed. But that did not stop former Breitbart.com Editor and now
President White House Chief Strategist Officer Steve Bannon from trying to force it on the country anyway.
According to reports, Bannon told members of the House Freedom Caucus that the choice to vote against the bill was not theirs to be made.
“Guys, look. This is not a discussion,” Bannon reportedly said to HFC members. “This is not a debate. You have no choice but to vote for this bill.”
Obviously, nuance and experience are not Bannon’s strong suits, as orders like these are definitely not something you want to ever say to a conservative group whose mission statement is to give a “voice to countless Americans who feel that Washington does not represent them.”
With all the negative press and associations of the bill already wreaking havoc on its survivability, the White House desperately needed the HFC’s support. Turns out, authoritarianism doesn’t sit well with Constitutionalists. Perhaps if Bannon and his ilk knew and respected this, things may have turned out differently for them.
“You know, the last time someone ordered me to something, I was 18 years old,” said one caucus member. “And it was my daddy. And I didn’t listen to him, either.”
But it wasn’t just Bannon’s bullying that turned off hardline conservatives; the bill itself was a disaster for the country, specifically for constituents often spearheaded by conservative leaders who saw the dangers it posed.
“We support open, accountable and limited government, the Constitution and the rule of law, and policies that promote the liberty, safety and prosperity of all Americans,” reads the latter part of the HFC’s mission statement.
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