In an interview with Fox and Friends that aired Sunday morning, President Donald Trump decried “the level of hostility” Democrats show him and suggested their new theme should be “let’s get together, envelop.”
Yet right after saying this, he wrote off Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) as a “hopeless case.”
“I call her Pocahontas,” Trump said, “and that’s an insult to Pocahontas.”
And right after the interview aired Sunday morning, in what could not exactly be mistaken for an olive branch to Democrats, Trump tweeted that his former Democratic rival Hillary Clinton colluded with the Democratic Party to beat Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) in the primary.
Hillary Clinton colluded with the Democratic Party in order to beat Crazy Bernie Sanders. Is she allowed to so collude? Unfair to Bernie!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 25, 2017
Fox and Friends host Pete Hegseth began the interview asking who had been the biggest opponent to the health care bill and Trump’s agenda overall, listing a few options: “Democrats resisting, fake news media,” or even “deep state leaks.”
“One of the things that should be solved, but probably won’t be, is [that] Republicans and Democrats don’t get together,” Trump said.
I’m open arms, but I don’t see that happening. They fight each other. The level of hostility. And by the way, this isn’t just Trump. It’s been like this for years. You’ve been doing this for a long time. It’s been like that for a long time. But the level of hostility — as an example, the health care bill that you are reporting on and that everybody’s reporting on, it would be so great if the Democrats and Republicans could get together, wrap their arms around it, and come up with something that everybody’s happy with. It’s so easy, but we won’t get one Democrat vote. Not one. If we had the greatest bill ever proposed in mankind, we wouldn’t get a vote. And that’s a terrible thing. Their theme is resist. I’ve never heard of anything like this.
Host Pete Hegseth asked Trump how “frustrating” it was for former President Barack Obama to be out there “leading the resistance” to the Obamacare repeal bills.
Trump first discounted that Obama was leading the resistance, saying that Obama put out a “small statement” and that “other people are leading,” and then actually attacked Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) for criticizing the bill despite not having read it.
“That’s called the resistance,” Trump said. “That’s a terrible word. Think about it. Their theme is resist. Their theme should be ‘let’s get together, envelop, let’s get together.’ It’s obstruction. The problem is they become obstructionists and the voters, I happen to like it from the standpoint of running for office. But I think it’s a terrible theme in terms of getting elected. And more importantly it’s a terrible theme for the people of this country.”
Trump also appeared to confirm, for the first time, earlier reports that he called the Senate version of the health care bill “mean.” When Hegseth about a statement on the bill by Obama, Trump interjected to take credit for the former president’s choice of words.
“He actually used my term, ‘mean,’” Trump said. “That was my term.”