Trump: Republicans 'look like fools' if they don't kill Senate filibuster

Trump: Republicans 'look like fools' if they don't kill Senate filibuster

Responding to Senate Republicans' healthcare collapse this week, President Trump said Saturday that Republicans "look like fools" and the Democrats are "laughing" at them if they don't change the legislative process.

He urged Senate Republicans to abolish the legislative filibuster in a series of early-morning tweets,  claiming “200 bills” sit in the Senate waiting for action. 

Trump specifically called out Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: McConnell offering bill to raise tobacco-buying age to 21 | NC gov vetoes 'born alive' abortion bill | CMS backs off controversial abortion proposal HR 1 brings successful local, state reforms to the federal level and deserves passage The Hill's 12:30 Report: Inside the Mueller report MORE (R-Ky.), pushing the GOP leader to end the filibuster and move toward passing all legislation with a 51-vote majority.


“Republican Senate must get rid of 60 vote NOW! It is killing the R Party, allows 8 Dems to control country. 200 Bills sit in Senate. A JOKE!” Trump tweeted. “The very outdated filibuster rule must go. Budget reconciliation is killing R's in Senate. Mitch M, go to 51 Votes NOW and WIN. IT'S TIME!”

“Republicans in the Senate will NEVER win if they don't go to a 51 vote majority NOW. They look like fools and are just wasting time,” he continued. “8 Dems totally control the U.S. Senate. Many great Republican bills will never pass, like Kate's Law and complete Healthcare. Get smart!" 

Trump’s tweets come after Senate Republicans were unable to pass their ObamaCare repeal bill in the early hours of Friday morning after three Republicans - Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsCollins backs having Mueller testify Graham says he's 'not interested' in Mueller testifying Overnight Energy: Collins receives more donations from Texas oil, gas industry than from Maine residents | Interior chief left meetings off schedule | Omar controversy jeopardizes Ocasio-Cortez trip to coal mine MORE (Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiCain says he 'won't run away from criticism' in push for Fed seat Cain says he won't back down, wants to be nominated to Fed License to discriminate: Religious exemption laws are trampling rights in rural America MORE (Alaska) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainTrump gives nod to vulnerable GOP Sen. McSally with bill signing Democrats need a 'celebrity' candidate — and it's not Biden or Sanders Juan Williams: The high price of working for Trump MORE (Ariz.) - all voted against the bill.

After the vote, Trump reacted on Twitter, saying those three Republicans plus the 48 Democrats who voted against the measure “let the American people down.”

Trump also called for an end to the legislative filibuster on Friday, saying “great future legislation” depended on Republicans killing the filibuster and moving to a 51-vote majority.

On Saturday, he named "complete healthcare" and Kate's Law as two examples. The Senate this week was voting on a "skinny" healthcare bill that would have required negotiation in order to completely address healthcare reform. Kate's Law is an immigration-related bill also known as the Establishing Mandatory Minimums for Illegal Reentry Act of 2015.