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 McConnellMcConnell to try to pass small business funds Thursday, warns against holding it 'hostage' Overnight Health Care: Trump steps up attack on WHO | Fauci says deaths could be lower than first projected | House panel warns federal stockpile of medical supplies depleted | Mnuchin, Schumer in talks over relief deal House Republicans, key administration officials push for additional funding for coronavirus small business loans 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 “The very outdated filibuster rule must go.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 CollinsSenators demand more details from Trump on intel watchdog firing Senators push for changes to small business aid President tightens grip on federal watchdogs MORE (Maine), Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiHouse Republicans threaten pushback on Saudi Arabia amid oil market slump Zoom, grocery delivery, self-isolation: How lawmakers are surviving coronavirus Lawmakers announce legislation to fund government purchases of oil MORE (Alaska) and John McCainJohn Sidney McCainEsper faces tough questions on dismissal of aircraft carrier's commander Democratic super PAC targets McSally over coronavirus response GOP senator suspending campaign fundraising, donating paycheck amid coronavirus pandemic 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.