On Friday afternoon, the nascent Trump administration was dealt a body blow with the failure of its first major legislative goal, the Republican attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare. The bill ended up attacked from all sides — it was massively unpopular among the general public due to expectations it would raise health care costs for many and dump millions off their insurance, while simultaneously being unpopular among hard-line conservatives for not pulling back enough from the Affordable Care Acts subsidies and regulations. After the defeat, Twitter made The Art of the Deal trend to mock Trump's failure to, well, make a deal.
Attempts to get the bill through ended up relying on the president's legendary "dealmaking" abilities. Throughout the presidential campaign, Donald Trump touted his ability to make good deals as the reason he should be president. He said that he would be able to negotiate and corral various interests into an agreement through the arm-twisting skills he'd developed as a real-estate developer.
In trying to pass the American Health Care Act, aides to House Speaker Paul Ryan lauded Trump's skills in bringing home the bill in the final hour, calling him "the ultimate closer." But if you look at Trump's tactics in this negotiation, it's hard to say that he's following his own advice. The writer of The Art of the Deal didn't seem to be that good at actually making his most important deal.
The Tweet That Started It All
“The worst thing you can possibly do in a deal is seem desperate to make it.” – The Art of The Deal.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 25, 2013
Here's how Twitter mocked the defeat using The Art of the Deal.
No Need To Buy A Copy
Welp, no need to ever buy a copy of The Art Of The Deal, because we just witnessed the book's entire premise fail in real time.— Lily Herman (@lkherman) March 24, 2017
A New Chapter
Is there a chapter in the Art of the Deal on having your bluff called?— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) March 24, 2017
A Smart Comeback
"Art of the Deal" is a trending topic. Twitter, y'all are vicious.— ClinicEscort (@ClinicEscort) March 24, 2017
some interesting points on negotiating in Art of the Deal, maybe Republicans should have nominated the guy who actually wrote it— Tim Murphy (@timothypmurphy) March 24, 2017
So Much For That
Imagine Obama RN
That Moment When
Here's How The Deal Actually Went Down
The Art of the Deal— Seth (@spllck) March 24, 2017
1. Don’t learn abt the deal
2. Take someone else’s deal
3. Let 3rd party offer worse deal
5. Give up on the deal
Ah, Sweet Irony
This is the best you could do?
SEVEN YEARS and this is the best you could come up with? House Republican Ryan close doesn't cut it! You should have read Art of the Deal! pic.twitter.com/0vYPEeGpwh— He's your President (@Gregmichael78) March 24, 2017
Even Chuck Schumer Got In On It
Talk about twisting the knife, Twitter.