Samantha Bee challenged President Donald Trump’s account of how his healthcare bill failed by comparing it to the ending of the “Thelma & Louise.”
“So I guess Democrats kind of won. The same way those cops won that car chase at the end of ‘Thelma & Louise,'” the host said on Wednesday’s “Full Frontal,” comparing the failure of the American Health Care Act (also known as “Trumpcare”) to the deadly cliff drop at the end of the 1991 movie starring Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon.
The American Health Care Act saw much opposition from both Republicans and Democrats. Unable to win over enough votes to pass the bill meant to repeal and replace Obamacare, Trump ordered House Speaker Ryan to pull it from the House last week.
“Trump had a 50-50 chance of blaming the correct political party, but he f—ed that up, too,” Bee said regarding Trump’s statement that a lack of support by Democrats led to the bill’s failure.
In reality, the bill was opposed by not only by a number of moderate Republicans but also by many members of the House Freedom Caucus, a group of hard-line conservatives with the numbers and influence to block legislation from passing.
“Your bill was killed by friendly fire,” Bee said, attempting to correct Trump’s line.
And though Trump said in the wake of the bill’s failure that he would be moving on to other issues, recent reports say the House Freedom Caucus and moderate Republicans are trying to find a way to create a healthcare bill they could actually back.
“Sure, go for it, guys,” Bee said as a doctored image of Paul Ryan and Donald Trump in “Thelma & Louise” showed. “Maybe the movie will end differently this time.”
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