Rick Tyler, Senator Ted Cruz’s former communications director, did not mince any words on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.” He declared that the presidency of Donald Trump “is effectively over” on the morning show on Friday.
“I think this presidency is effectively over,” Tyler told “Morning Joe” 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 presidential until he slipped on a blue dress,” Tyler continued.
“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 has a shaky past. He was fired from Cruz’s presidential campaign in February 2016 after it was discovered that he circulated a fake story about Senator Marco Rubio, another candidate for president. He was hired shortly after that as an MSNBC 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. “He never understood the job of pushing legislation through.”
This scathing commentary by Tyler and Deustch came after the Senate failed to pass a scaled back or “skinny” ObamaCare repeal bill early Friday morning. The surprising vote is a major defeat for Republican leaders after seven years of passionate words promising to repeal the legislation.
The Senate voted 49 to 51 against the “skinny” bill. If the bill had passed, it would have repealed ObamaCare’s individual and employer mandates and defunded Planned Parenthood. The crucial vote came from Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.). He voted against the bill with GOP Sens. Susan Collins (Maine) and Lisa Murkowski (Alaska).
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Credit: The Hill