President Trump suffered a staggering defeat on Friday afternoon when, despite years of promises and weeks of negotiations, Republicans failed to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act. House Speaker Paul Ryan pulled Trumpcare from the floor less than an hour before a scheduled vote after determining that the legislation didn't have enough votes from Republicans to pass. And as soon as that happened, a recent Instagram post from Obama's photographer, trolling Trump with a photo from the day Obamacare passed, suddenly became a lot more relevant.
"Meeting on health care reform in 2010," Pete Souza wrote below the picture, which he posted on his Instagram account around two weeks ago. "The Affordable Care Act passed Congress later that day." The photo depicts Obama surrounded by aides and striking a somewhat victorious post.
Souza published the photo in early March, shortly after House Republicans unveiled the American Health Care Act (AHCA), more popularly known as Trumpcare. Did Souza predict that the legislation would fail, and write this post as a sort of preemptive troll of Trump and House Republicans? Or was the former White House photographer just earnestly celebrating the passage of the Affordable Care Act, his old boss's signature legislative achievement?
I'm going to guess it's the former, because shortly after Trumpcare went down in flames, Souza posted another Obamacare-related picture on his Instagram account, and it was full of shade.
"Before voting on the Affordable Care Act in 2010, President Obama met with many members of Congress on both sides of the aisle over the course of many months," Souza wrote, likely referencing the fact that Trump attempted to pass this bill in less than four weeks. "This picture was taken at the end of a multiple hours-long meeting with the entire Republican House caucus in which he responded to dozens of questions and critiques. It was carried live on cable TV."
This is standard operating procedure for Souza, who's been been using his trove of Obama photographs to troll Trump for months. After it was revealed that the Trump team couldn't find the light switches in the White House, for instance, Souza posted a picture of Obama holding a cabinet meeting in a well-lit room, with the caption "Those damn lights ;)" underneath.
There are many, many more Trump trolls on Souza's Instagram page — and if the last two months are any indication, they almost certainly won't be the last.