President Trump may have stumbled into the NFL controversy but is likely keeping it going on purpose. He has had a lot of setbacks and this week two more came his way. Since the media is focused on kneeling football players, these stories will not be as prominent.
First, the vote on the Graham-Cassidy healthcare was postponed when four senators came out against it. John McCain’s concerns are over the way the bill was handled while the other three objected to the bill itself. Repealing Obamacare was one of Trump’s main campaign promises and he has failed once again.
Last night former judge Roy Moore won the Alabama runoff election for the Senate. Trump had supported and campaigned for Moore’s opponent, Luther Strange. Many of his strongest supporters broke with him and supported Moore. Trump could always count on a vote from Strange. Moore is a loose cannon, having once defied the order of a federal judge.
Both setbacks further damage his relationship with elements of the Republican Party. If the party isn’t unified by the election, it could suffer some real damage.