Ex-Cruz aide: Trump presidency 'is effectively over'

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzO'Rourke to give commencement address at Texas's oldest black college Cornyn campaign, Patton Oswalt trade jabs over comedian's support for Senate candidate MJ Hegar announces Texas Senate bid MORE's (R-Texas) former communications director declared that the presidency of Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpForget the spin: Five unrefuted Mueller Report revelations Lara Trump: Merkel admitting migrants 'one of the worst things that ever happened to Germany' Financial satisfaction hits record high: survey MORE "is effectively over" on MSNBC on Friday.

"I think this presidency is effectively over," Rick Tyler told "Morning Joe" co-host Mika Brzezinski.

"And if you look back to different presidencies, you look at Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonDemocrats are playing voters on their fantasies for impeachment George Conway backs up Clinton on Mueller report: 'If she's with the Constitution, I'm with her' Top Dem: Supreme Court has 'no role' in impeachment MORE, he had a rough first two years, very difficult two years. But after Oklahoma City he was able to regain his footing and become presidential until he slipped on a blue dress," Tyler continued, referring to the 1995 bombing of a federal building.

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"But this president cannot change. Nothing about his behavior tells me, since the beginning of this process, that he was going to change. And if you cannot change and you cannot become presidential, and you cannot convince the majority of the American people to enact some legislative agenda that he wants passed, his presidency legislatively is effectively over," he concluded.

Tyler was fired from Cruz's presidential campaign in February 2016 after circulating a fake story about Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioDems plot aggressive post-Mueller moves, beginning with McGahn Senate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller Cuban negotiator says Trump's efforts to destabilize Cuba's government will fail MORE (R-Fla.), also a candidate in the GOP primary. He was hired shortly thereafter by MSNBC as a contributor. 

“The healthcare debacle shows something also about his incompetence in that he never understood the job of the presidency," added panelist Donny Deustch. "He never understood the job of pushing legislation through."

The commentary comes after the Senate failed to pass a scaled-back ObamaCare repeal bill early Friday morning in a stunning vote viewed as a major defeat for Republican leaders and the party's seven-year rhetoric in promising to repeal the legislation.  

The Senate voted 49-51 against the "skinny" bill, which would have repealed ObamaCare's individual and employer mandates and defunded Planned Parenthood.

Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBiden's sloppy launch may cost him Cindy McCain weighs in on Biden report: 'No intention' of getting involved in race Why did Mueller allow his investigation to continue for two years? MORE (R-Ariz.) provided the crucial vote against the bill, alongside GOP Sens. Susan CollinsSusan Margaret CollinsMcConnell pledges to be 'Grim Reaper' for progressive policies Senate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller Collins: Mueller report includes 'an unflattering portrayal' of Trump MORE (Maine) and Lisa MurkowskiLisa Ann MurkowskiOn The Money: Cain withdraws from Fed consideration | Says he didn't want 'pay cut' | Trump sues to block subpoena for financial records | Dems plot next move in Trump tax-return battle Cain withdraws from Fed consideration Cain says he 'won't run away from criticism' in push for Fed seat MORE (Alaska).