President Donald Trump was nonplussed with members of the House Freedom Caucus after Republicans were forced to pull the American Health Care Act after realizing it didn’t have the votes to pass.
In a Thursday tweet, Trump even threated to oppose the conservative Republican group with the same vigor as Democrats in 2018 if they don’t fall in line with his priorities.
“The Freedom Caucus will hurt the entire Republican agenda if they don’t get on the team, & fast. We must fight them, & Dems, in 2018,” Trump wrote.
Alabama U.S. Rep. Mo Brooks, a member of the ultraconservative caucus, doesn’t seem worried though.
“Trump’s tweets reaffirm that the Freedom Caucus is having a major impact on public policy in Congress — that the Freedom Caucus is not a force to be ignored,” he said in an interview with The Daily Signal. “This Twitterverse is the new Washington. I have zero worries about it. If you want me to vote for a piece of legislation, either persuade me it is good for America or change it so that it is good for America.”
Brooks likely doesn’t have much to worry about in 2018, either. The CD 5 Republican has been in the House of Representatives since 2011 and in his most recent election he doubled the vote count of Democratic challenger Will Boyd.