Did Trump want the healthcare bill to fail?

Its easy to tell when President Trump is pissed. You can see it in his eyes, and you can read it in his tweets.

I noticed something interesting when I saw Trump answering questions after he was forced to pull his healthcare bill upon failing to secure enough votes for its passage. He did not seem angry. He was calm, and seemed as though he was eager to move on.

But why? Had he not just faced a huge embarrassment? Did the author of “The Art of The Deal” fail to close on his first big negotiation as President? That certainly is the media narrative. But Trump often plays on a completely different field than the media covering his Presidency, or his opponents trying to bring him down.

Before Trump accomplishes what he wants, he first attempts to wipe out his opposition. In the primaries, he saw Jeb Bush as his most dangerous opposition. So he went on full attack mode, and made short work of the former Florida Governor. This continued with all 15 candidates competing for the nomination.

Although Trump finds himself in the Oval Office, with a Republican controlled House and a Republican controlled Senate, he still faces opposition. It comes in the form of Republican leadership, who oppose Trumps agenda even as they feign support for it publicly.

Often times, Trump will place himself into situations where he cannot lose. The outcome is a win-win. It is very possible that Trump originally believed that the bill would pass. He knew Paul Ryan was the architect, and that if it passed- it would be hailed as a great achievement for the Trump administration. Obamacare would be repealed, and they would sort out the details later on.

But if it failed, or worse- never even had the chance to come to a vote, Trump would be setting Ryan up for failure. If there are calls for Ryan to step down as House Speaker, it is possible that Trump could see him replaced by someone who is a lot more favourable to his agenda.

They will return to Obamacare repeal and replace at a later date, and possibly get a better bill that the Freedom Caucus and others could comfortably support.

So as the media drives the narrative that Trump botched his first negotiation of his Presidency, keep in mind that he could just be making his first in a series of bold moves.

 

How Trump uses unique words to persuade his audience

He really does have “the best words”

President Trump doesn’t talk like other politicians. We know this. But it’s not just his refusal to be politically correct that makes him unique. It is the words he uses.

On the campaign trial, Trump would use words to label his opponents that had never before been used in a political context. “Crooked”, “Little”, and “Lyin’” were all used to brand his opponents with nicknames that matched their physical appearance and/or persona.

Trump would also use words to describe his political counterparts that would usually be used in a much less formal setting. For example, during the campaign, he would often refer to someone as a “lightweight“. This word would especially resonate with male voters. Men often use the term lightweight to describe someone as being athletically challenged, or soft. When voters heard Trump say that so and so is a “lightweight”, they didn’t hear a politician, or even a billionaire businessman, they heard themselves.

But since capturing the Presidency, Trump has upped his word game to a whole new level. He famously said, to much mockery, that he “has the best words”. But it’s actually true. They aren’t necessarily big words, or words you would see an essayist use. But they are words that resonate deeply. I call them “sharp” words.

One example of Trumps using a sharp word was during his inaugural address. Instead of saying “Our nations middle class has seen their hard-earned tax dollars spent foolishly on failed projects all over the world”, Trump said “The wealth of our middle class has been ripped from their homes and then redistributed across the entire world.” Ripped. This means that it wasn’t just bad policy, it was an intentional, physical crime. The wealth was taken, purposefully, and swiftly. It wasn’t just taken from their bank accounts, but it was ripped from their homes. The government weren’t swindlers, they were burglars.

Another word he used in the inauguration was “carnage”, when describing the current social landscape of the country. It wasn’t just a few fatalities here and there, it wasn’t just a crisis, it was American carnage. It painted a picture in the minds of those listening, of mass killings and complete devastation in America’s inner cities.

The President doesn’t just use words that will move you, he uses words that will pierce you. They hit you hard, and they sometimes sting, but the message is always received.