Fresh Signs Trump Might Not Accept Defeat in 2020

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The Hill reports that Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told Trump on Monday that the senate would not vote on the president's desired Obamacare replacement before the 2020 election.

"He did say, as he later tweeted, that he accepted that and he would be developing a plan that he would take to the American people during the 2020 campaign", McConnell said.

McConnell said the situation had gotten out of hand, with the Senate taking 128 votes to end debate on Trump's nominees during his first two years in office, far more than under other presidents.

Of course, Trump was clear that the vote would not be taken until "after the Election when Republicans hold the Senate & win back the House".

Just last week, Trump directed the U.S. Justice Department to support a lawsuit aimed at striking down the entire Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Trump later showed up a Senate Republican luncheon where he declared that they should be the "party of healthcare" and asked for assistance in writing a new bill. McConnell, facing increasing pressure from conservative groups, is promising to upend a longstanding Senate tradition in order to speed confirmations on a backlog of President Donald Trump's judicial nominees.

Trump said on Tuesday he and Republicans would draw up a new healthcare plan ahead of the 2020 election and implement it soon afterward.

Bottom line: Trump doesn't know the first thing about health care, the courts, the law, how the government works, or the Constitution.

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Democrats also say that GOP complaints over their tactics now ring hollow after the obstructionism Obama experienced over his two terms. They have happily seized on the issue again after having won control of the House last November while campaigning heavily on strengthening Obamacare.

Republicans who obstructed Garland's nomination are now claiming this new change is necessary because of "historic obstruction" by Democrats against Trump's judicial nominees.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky threatened to use the nuclear option Tuesday after he was unable to secure a supermajority vote to change the rules. They had no comprehensive proposal to replace the ACA law and no big plans to unveil one. While his hardcore supporters continue to cheer the idea of repealing the Affordable Care Act, they generally support the law's provisions.

Those conventions have been whittled away by both Democrats and Republicans in recent years as the mood in Washington has become more and more polarized, however, with each party accusing the other of misusing the rules.

"We're going to keep the presidency, and we'll vote in the best health care package we've ever had", he said.

"I think you could have a long, drawn-out crisis in which our institutions lose credibility", Levitsky said. "These are just a few examples of the historic obstruction Senate Democrats have visited upon President [Donald] Trump's nominees for two years and counting".

Senator John Thune, R, the No. 2 Senate Republican, said it makes sense to wait until after the election to attempt the large-scale health insurance overhaul the President was suggesting.