It’s official — Trumpcare is dead. The celebration is just starting on Twitter.
Washington Post reporter Robert Costa broke the news on his Twitter account, saying that President Trump called him to let him know that he ordered House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wisconsin) to pull the American Health Care Act just before the House of Representatives was scheduled to vote on it.
President Trump just called me. Still on phone.
"We just pulled it," he tells me.
— Robert Costa (@costareports) March 24, 2017
Early whip counts suggested that the House would fall short of the 216 votes necessary to send the bill to the Senate, and the decision to pull the bill signals a devastating blow for Trump’s stated goal to repeal and replace Obamacare in his first 100 days as president. Congressman Sean Patrick Maloney (D-New York) tweeted a selfie with other House Democrats, all smiling, saying that he wasn’t getting “tired of winning,” mocking a phrase Trump used often on the campaign trail:
— Sean Patrick Maloney (@RepSeanMaloney) March 24, 2017
Others mocked Trump’s braggadocio about his negotiating skills, putting one of his tweets boasting about his expertise as a dealmaker alongside a news clip of the Trumpcare vote failing. Twitter user Dave Barabas compared the death of Trumpcare to last year’s NBA Finals, in which the Golden State Warriors blew a 3-1 series lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers, only to lose the championship in Game 7:
Trump says "pull the bill" and… Paul Ryan gets a sense of what it must have felt like to be a casino contractor in Atlantic City.
— John Nichols (@NicholsUprising) March 24, 2017
The "Great Negotiator" Donald Trump just told Paul Ryan to pull the bill.
Why? Because he couldn't negotiate the votes. #Fail ????????????
— Sean Kent (@seankent) March 24, 2017
the art of the deal: pic.twitter.com/g62GnKxnVD
— Jordan Uhl (@JordanUhl) March 24, 2017
Speaker Ryan and the GOP blew a 3-1 lead. #KillTheBill
— Dave Barabas (@Dave_Barabas) March 24, 2017
The 3-1 lead comparison is an apt description for the utter failure of Trumpcare. NBC’s Bradd Jaffy reminded his Twitter following that Republicans have the largest majority in the House of Representatives since 1928, having had a majority in the chamber since the 2010 midterm elections. He made that reference mocking the Republicans’ apparent attempt to blame the failure of their signature healthcare initiative on President Obama and the Democratic Party:
Republicans have a 44-seat margin in the House — largest since 1928. GOP has 4-seat margin in the Senate. And a Republican POTUS.
— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) March 24, 2017
And of course, there was no short supply of epic animated GIF reactions to the news of Trumpcare’s implosion, or photoshopping of the “Crying Jordan” meme onto Paul Ryan’s face:
— Gifted97 (@gifted97) March 24, 2017
— Erick Fernandez (@ErickFernandez) March 24, 2017
— darth™ (@darth) March 24, 2017
— Tyler Conway (@jtylerconway) March 24, 2017
— TrumpsTaxes (@TrumpsTaxes) March 24, 2017
PULL THE BILL pic.twitter.com/MLfiyKtTek
— Political Capital (@PoliticalLine) March 24, 2017
— Michael Stillman (@michaelstillman) March 24, 2017
As of this writing, “Art of the Deal” is a top national Twitter trend, an obvious jab at Trump’s failure to make a deal happen on repealing and replacing Obamacare, using the title of his most famous book.
"Art of the Deal" is trending.
Twitter is savage. pic.twitter.com/eZgovtaer5
— #NeverTrump #Ex-GOP (@Trump_Truther) March 24, 2017
— Charlie Records (@charlierecords4) March 24, 2017
The Art Of The Deal pic.twitter.com/vAuNUQz35B
— Patrick Monahan (@pattymo) March 24, 2017
The art of the deal. https://t.co/KdN1FxTwqP
— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) March 24, 2017
Jamie Green is a contributor for the Resistance Report covering the Trump administration, and lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan.