Democrats on Capitol Hill are trying to figure out how to respond to President Donald Trump and other Trump tweets about the health care law.
But in the past week, some of them have come under fire for using profanity.
Here’s what you need to know about the latest.
Trump uses profanity in response to a tweet about Obamacare The president has frequently made inflammatory tweets about healthcare, including this one, which he made in response with a series of insults.
“The Obamacare website is not working properly,” Trump wrote.
“You people are suffering!”
You people just shut down our country?”
“What’s going on?
Why do you need healthcare?”
“This is a total disaster, folks.
We are not taking care of our people!”
The tweets have been a source of controversy for the White House and Democrats, but the president has been careful not to use profanity, which has long been considered a hallmark of the Republican Party.
Some Democrats say Trump is ‘playing the victim’ Trump’s tweets have also been a distraction for some Democrats.
The president’s use of the term “sick” and “dead” has been a recurring theme for many Democrats.
“There’s a lot of people who feel like the president’s trying to play the victim and they don’t know what to do about it,” Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) said on CNN’s “State of the Union” in February.
“I think he’s doing a disservice to the American people.”
In response to Trump’s tweet, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D) tweeted, “Trump is playing the victim by attacking the very people who helped build his presidency.
The health care system is not failing because the president doesn’t like it.”
And Rep. John Conyers Jr. (D), who is black, said Trump’s use in response was “outrageous.”
Many Republicans, including GOP Sens.
Ben Sasse and Lindsey Graham, have weighed in On Thursday, several Republicans, led by Sens.
Lindsey Graham (S.D.) and Ben Sase, said they would not vote for Trump.
The decision came after several Republicans said Trump was “playing the race card” and making false statements.
The White House responded with a tweet saying, “We have no intention of running the White Houses own health care team.”
The president later apologized for his use of profanity and for using a racially charged term in response.
“We were not referring to the health-care system in any way, shape or form,” Trump said in a tweet, adding, “I never meant it in that way.
That was not the intent.”
Democrats aren’t backing down on their criticism of the tweets While some Democrats have acknowledged they should have called out the president when they saw the tweets, others have defended them, saying they’re the kind of tweets that hurt people, not the people who made them.
“In the middle of the night in the Oval Office, the president tweeted a profanity-laced rant against the health insurance system,” said Rep. Elijah Cummings (D.M.), the ranking member on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee.
“If you’re going to be in the White White House, you need the ability to defend yourself.”
Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu (D.-Calif.) called the tweets “irresponsible,” saying, “[t]here is no excuse for a president who uses profane language to lash out at members of his own party.”
And Sen. Mazie Hirono (D.) said she was concerned about the tweets.
“He is clearly expressing a sense of entitlement that is at odds with his own administration’s message,” Hironos said in an interview with ABC News’ “Good Morning America.”
Democrats have been criticized for using ‘sick’ instead of ‘dead’ to describe the healthcare law Several Democrats have taken aim at the White Health Council, which runs the healthcare website.
A number of lawmakers, including Sens.
Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Cory Booker (D., N.J.), have called for the repeal of the health council.
But some have criticized Democrats for using the term ‘suck it up’ instead.
Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D–Mich.) tweeted on Wednesday that she was not going to vote for a healthcare bill that called for defunding the council.
“It’s clear that the White Care Council has done a great job, but this isn’t the way we want to continue to run our country,” she tweeted.
Democrats in Congress have also called on the administration to release more information about how many people have signed up for healthcare coverage through the new website.