Commentary: War on Freedom Caucus is Really War With Trump’s Base

by Richard A Viguerie, CHQ Chairman

Mr. President, Steve Bannon said at CPAC this February, “Hold us accountable for what we promised. Hold us accountable for delivering what we promised.” We knew Reince Priebus and Paul Ryan would not read the memo.

Et tu, Mr. President?

Your fit against the Freedom Caucus for not going along with supporting RyanCare certainly is not fooling the members of the Freedom Caucus. They have long been under attack by the GOP establishment for doing things like actually voting on bills consistent with their campaign promises.

Going to war with the Freedom Caucus is going to war with your base.

You have to decide, Mr. President, whether you will align yourself with the leaders of the swamp – or grassroots Americans.

You are a branding mastermind, but siding with the Priebus-Ryan wing of the GOP is the defective, knock-off, cheap imitation of the product you claimed to be selling when you were campaigning.

Declaring war on the Freedom Caucus for sticking to their ObamaCare promise in the face of GOP establishment attacks makes them heroes to us.

People voted for you because they are fed up with politicians campaigning on promises that are broken once they are elected. Without those voters, Hillary would have been president, and you would be a footnote in history.

The Priebus-Ryan wing promised to repeal Obamacare. Now that they have a president who would sign repeal legislation, they have told Americans they were just kidding.

So, this war not is not so much with the Freedom Caucus, but with Rush, Levin, Hannity, Americans for Prosperity, FreedomWorks, Club for Growth and Heritage.

The Freedom Caucus is merely the congressional presence of the tens of millions of Americans who actually believed you really meant what you said about Obamacare when you were campaigning.

War with the Freedom Caucus over ObamaCare is betrayal. It’s Benedict Arnold comes to Washington. It’s siding with the Redcoats against the patriots.

Siding with the Priebus-Ryan wing gives aid and comfort to the Never-Trumpers who said last year you are really a Democrat.

You tweet that our friends (your friends) in the Freedom Caucus will “hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast.”

So now it’s, join “Team Swamp,” and make it snappy? Really?

You may as well change your tagline from “Make America Great Again” to “Keep Washington Dishonest and America Mediocre.”

This began when you started surrounding yourself with members of Team Swamp.

We in the grassroots have seen this before. We put our energy and money behind people promising to drain the swamp, only to find that once they get to Washington, they think it’s a hot tub.

Members of the Freedom Caucus are the exception.

Mr. President, come out of your bubble on this. We have higher hopes for you and what you can do.

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