The day after the Senate failed to pass an Obamacare repeal bill, Sen. Ted Cruz‘s former campaign manager, Rick Tyler, went on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” on Friday and declared that the presidency of Donald Trump “is effectively over.”
The Senate voted 49-51 against the “skinny” bill, which would have repealed ObamaCare’s individual and employer mandates and defunded Planned Parenthood. Sens. John McCain (R-Ariz.), Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska) were the three who tanked the vote.
“I think this presidency is effectively over,” Tyler told co-host Mika Brzezinski. “And if you look back to different presidencies, you look at Bill Clinton. He had a rough first two years … very difficult two years. But after Oklahoma City, he was able to regain his footing and become president until he slipped on a blue dress.”
Tyler went on to say that President Trump will never 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.
It’s worth noting that Tyler was fired from Cruz’s presidential campaign in February 2016 after circulating a fake story about then-presidential candidate Sen. Marco Rubio. He was almost immediately hired shortly after that by MSNBC to become a contributor.
“The health care debacle shows something, also, about his [Trump’s] incompetence in that he never understood the job of the presidency,” added panelist Donny Deustch, an outspoken Trump critic. “He never understood the job of pushing legislation through.”
See the interview below:
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