Bill Kristol: Trump setting up Senate Republicans for failure
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Weekly Standard founder Bill Kristol attacked President Trump on Twitter on Saturday, accusing him of using the filibuster as an "excuse" for his administration's failure to get major legislation passed.

The conservative pundit and vocal Trump critic accused the president of expecting his agenda to fail just six months into his tenure.

"Trump knows Senate R's won't get rid of filibuster," Kristol wrote. "So he's setting up a (fake) excuse for failure. Six months in, Trump expects to fail."

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On Friday, Trump tweeted that the Senate should get rid of the filibuster and move to a 51-vote threshold for passing bills through the upper chamber.

He ratcheted up his criticism on Saturday, saying Republicans "look like fools" if they don't change the legislative process.

Trump has long pushed for Senate Republicans to make the move, despite Republicans holding a 52-seat majority and being unable to garner the 50 votes to pass a pared-down ObamaCare repeal bill this week. 

In subsequent tweets Saturday, Kristol accused Trump and his allies of "creating a stab-in-the-back myth" around Republicans in Congress, especially those who didn't support his agenda.

"Trump & apologists are creating a stab-in-the-back myth," Kristol wrote. "It's ludicrous & hard to take seriously--but such narratives tend not to end well."

"The art we're seeing Trump practice isn't the art of the deal. It is the art of the demagogue," he added.

Kristol, a longtime Trump critic who stepped down as the Weekly Standard's editor in December, has criticized Republicans in Congress and the White House throughout the ObamaCare repeal process.

In March, he predicted that Republicans would be unable to pass legislation because they hadn't sought the support of major medical groups in the U.S.

"You're going to unveil a huge health care bill Monday night at 6 p.m., what do you do the week before? You call in healthcare experts that are more or less on your side and you brief them about it and you try to get them on board," Kristol argued at the time. "You call in the groups on your own side and try to get them on board. 

"And you call in the American Hospital Association, the American Medical Association, all of the relevant groups. Some of them aren't going to support it. But maybe they at least don’t oppose as quickly as possible. Maybe they say they have an open mind."

The Senate's "skinny" repeal of ObamaCare failed early Friday morning by a 49-51 vote after three Republicans joined with Democrats to defeat the bill. Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat Meghan McCain knocks Bannon: 'Who the hell are you' to criticize Romney? Dems demand Tillerson end State hiring freeze, consult with Congress MORE (R-Ariz.) cast the deciding vote, calling for the GOP to work with Democrats in the future on healthcare reform.