One year ago today, Sen. Dean Heller was publicly humiliated by President Trump on national TV. Just a few weeks earlier, Heller had been standing next to Gov. Brian Sandoval and vowing to protect Nevadans’ access to health care. But then President Trump put the pressure on at a White House meeting on the GOP’s health care repeal efforts, sending a loud and clear threat to Heller while sitting right next to him and correctly predicting that Heller would cave.
TRUMP TO HELLER: “This one was the one we were worried about. You weren’t there, but you’re gonna be, you’re gonna be. Look, he wants to remain a senator, doesn’t he? And I think the people of your state, which I know very well, I think they’re going to appreciate what you hopefully will do.”
A week after this lunch, Heller broke his promise to protect Nevadans’ health care.
Take a trip down memory lane:
KSNV Las Vegas: Heller gets the Trump treatment
Washington Examiner: Trump asks Dean Heller if ‘he wants to remain a senator’ while sitting next to him
Las Vegas Review-Journal: Trump jabs Heller: ‘He wants to remain a senator, doesn’t he?’