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Mark Meckler: Trump's Healthcare Push Alienating Base

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By    |   Tuesday, 14 Mar 2017 03:36 PM

President Donald Trump's support of the Republican bill to replace the Affordable Care Act could cost him the support of his base of grassroots conservatives, according to tea party leader Mark Meckler.

"I think he has some 'honeymoon goodwill' that is quickly evaporating," Meckler, who co-founded Tea Party Patriots but has since started Citizens for Self-Governance, told The Hill.

"If the grassroots don't see some aggressive moves soon on his part to push for full repeal, the honeymoon will come to a very quick and harsh end. I'm already hearing the rumblings," he continued. "The grassroots fuse is short on this stuff. We are used to being betrayed by politicians. So that's what we expect. If Trump starts looking like a politician in that regard, his support from all but the most rabid supporters will quickly dry up.

"I've spoken to a couple of serious Trump campaign volunteers this week. They are exceptionally frustrated with the RINO-Care mess, and Trump's role in it. So the disaffection is finding its way deep into his base."

According to CNN, Trump referred to the ongoing talks over the bill as "a big, fat, beautiful negotiation," during his first Cabinet meeting in the White House. "Hopefully we'll come up with something that's going to be really terrific."

Trump cautioned against expectations of a quick improvement over Obamacare, saying earlier that day that "It's going to take a little while to get there, but once it does it's going to be a thing of beauty. I wish it didn't take a year or two years. But that's what's going to happen."

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