Trump poked the establishment a month before the election, writing on Twitter, “The media and establishment want me out of the race so badly – I WILL NEVER DROP OUT OF THE RACE, WILL NEVER LET MY SUPPORTERS DOWN!”
It looked like Trump would continue his anti-establishment politics as president.
“The establishment protected itself, but not the citizens of our country,” he declared in his inaugural address.
“Their victories have not been your victories; their triumphs have not been your triumphs; and while they celebrated in our nation’s Capital, there was little to celebrate for struggling families all across our land.”
But now, Trump is singing a different tune.
It’s not the establishment that has earned Trump’s ire, but rather the anti-establishment members of the House Freedom Caucus.
The caucus, comprised of roughly 30 of the most conservative Republicans, played a key role in blocking Republicans’ Obamacare replacement bill.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan and other establishment Republicans led the (unsuccessful) charge to try and get the the bill — which performed disastrously in public opinion polls — passed through Congress.
Anti-establishment Republicans in the House Freedom Caucus as well as in the Senate fought the proposed legislation, which Trump later instructed Ryan to pull from the floor, so as to avoid a potentially humiliating loss.
Since the bill’s failure, Trump has…
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