He was so excited about finally passing the tax cut for himself and his billionaire cronies that he let the cat out of the bag. President Trump finally admitted the true nature of the Republican tax bill and the real motivation behind it, proving that the GOP’s depiction of the bill as a middle-class tax cut was as bold-faced a lie as everything else that spews forth from their mouths.
The Washington Post noted the slip of the tongue, and its future utility to the Democrats in 2018’s mid-term elections, in an article describing and analyzing Trump’s gloating celebration of his biggest con ever.
It happened when he was discussing the centerpiece of the legislation, the part of the legislation that doesn’t have an expiration date, the corporate tax cut of 14%, from 35% to 21%.
“That’s probably the biggest factor in our plan,” Trump crowed.
A smarter President would have realized that he had just given away the secret sauce recipe by contradicting everything senior Republicans in Congress had been saying to the public to help convince them that the bill wasn’t what it actually is, a reverse Robin Hood ploy to take money from the poor to give to the rich.
The Post cites multiple examples of the Republican duplicity in marketing the plan before they shoved it down America’s throats:
- “The entire purpose of this is to lower middle class taxes.” — House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.)
- “Primarily, and priority number one, is middle-class Americans.” — White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders
- “The theme behind this bill is to get middle-class tax relief for most people in the middle class.” — Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) on Fox News on Tuesday
The Republican base, used to parroting everything they hear on Fox News, bought into these whoppers hook, line, and sinker with 60% of Republicans telling the Marist Poll that they thought that the bill was more favorable to the middle class than the wealthy. That’s what happens when you believe the talking heads of Fox News instead of every economist and non-partisan organization that has actually analyzed the provisions of the bill.
Trump just completely undercut all of those lies, once the bill passed the congressional hurdle and landed on his desk.
If that wasn’t enough, Trump also gave another behind the scenes look at the Republican falsehood fabrication factory by his admission that the repeal of the individual mandate to purchase health insurance that was part of the supposed “tax cut” bill was actually the repeal of Obamacare that he had been seeking all year long. He then confessed that he told congressional Republicans to:
“be quiet with the fake news media because I don’t want them talking too much about it. Now that it’s approved, I can say that.”
Trump is a President so stupid, egotistical, and needy that he basically handed the Democrats the biggest and most effective weapon they could ask for in the electoral battles that will surely have Republicans fighting for their political lives next November: proof of the Republicans’ purposeful lies for their own benefit and that of their corporate masters.
On a day when the gloom is so thick that you need a shovel to cut through it, the President’s ego-driven idiocy is ironically the one ray of light shining through.