Bernie Sanders says the benefits will mainly go to the wealthiest Americans, while Jeff Flake says Republicans supporting bill are cramps of a dying party
Senator Bernie Sanders on Sunday refreshed his attack on Donald Trump’s tax cuts, blaming the measures for attaining cuts to middle class Americans temporary but those to firms permanent.
Sanders’ criticism came as a report claimed Trump had said to wealthy guests at a dinner at Mar-a-Lago on Friday evening,” You all just got a lot richer “.
The senator, want me talking to CNN’s State of the Union, said:” At the end of 10 years, 83% of the the benefits go to the top 1 %, 60% of the benefits go to the top one-tenth of 1 %, meanwhile well over 80 million Americans will be paying more in taxes, 13 million will lose their healthcare and we will have an additional $1.4 tn deficit …”
Trump’s comments, reported by CBS News, were said to be directed to pals dining nearby at the exclusive fraternity that has become known as the” Winter White House .” Earlier in the day Friday he signed the sweeping $1.5 tn taxation cut bill into law before leaving Washington for the vacation break.
Trump spoke at length during the signing, thanking congressional Republican. He predicted the measures would be” a tremendous thing for the American people “.
” It’s going to be fantastic for the economy. It’s going to keep corporations from leaving our shores and opening up in other countries .” Companies, he said, would go “wild” about this.
But his reported commentaries to guests at Mar-a-Lago, where initiation costs expense $200,000 and carries annual membership fees of $14,000, are certain to grate antagonists who reject Trump’s characterization of the tax bill as a break for the middle class.
Critics of the measures argue the cuts disproportionately benefit the most affluent Americans. Trump has said the tax bill is “not good” for him personally, though by some estimations Trump could enjoy a $15 m tax break. However, Trump’s refusal to release his tax returns attains this hard to gauge accurately.
In his comments Sunday, Sanders flatly repudiated Trump’s tax asserts:” His tax program was going to benefit the middle class, but the bulk of the benefits go to the rich and to big firms .”
” He was going to take over the narcotic corporations but he appoints the guy to health and human services who comes from the drug companies etc, etc .”
Asked to characterize Republican electoral losses in Virginia and Alabama, Sanders described them as a referendum on both Trump’s leadership.
” This is a man who said one thing during the campaign, but his actions are very different. He said he wanted to’ drain the inundate ,’ but now it looks like the swamp now has more billionaires in his administration than any in American history .”
Sanders added that the electoral makes should also give party leadership in the House and Senate reason for grave fear.
” What we’re realise in Alabama, what we’re discovering in Virginia, New Jersey and in governments all across this country, are large-scale voter turnouts, are people standing up and opposing back and demanding that we have a government that represents all of us , not just the 1 %.
” If I were the Republican, I would worry very much about 2018 ,” Sanders added.
Asked by CBS News about Trump’s reported statements on Friday, the White House reiterated the tax cuts would help the middle class.
Picking up on Sander’s theme on Sunday, retiring Arizona senator Jeff Flake, a frequent critic of the president, told ABC’s This Week he belief Republican electoral loss signaled his party’s death throes.
” When you look at some of the audiences applauding for Republicans, sometimes, you look out there and you say,’ those are the spasms of a succumbing party .'”
Flake repeated his call for a fundamental re-evaluation of what his party expressed support for, including its lack of social and racial diversity.” We’re appealing to older white men and there are just a limited number of them, and rage and animosity are not a governing doctrine .”
He added that he hoped that former Trump administration chief strategist Steve Bannon would be marginalized in that process.
” The last thing we need is to push that ultra-nationalist, ethno-nationalist, protectionist kind of factor of the party. That’s not good for us ,” he added.
The senator said he would not rule in challenging Trump in the next presidential election, predicting that if the president remained of his current path, a” huge swath of voters” will be “looking for something else”.
Asked if he might run against the Republican incumbent, Flake said ” That’s not in my schemes” but” I don’t rule anything out .”
Early Sunday, Trump renewed his attacks on “Fake News” in an early morning tweet.
Early Saturday, Trump placed a video conference call with soldiers deployed overseas. According to pond reports, he complimented the military forces on” how well we’re doing” in fighting terrorism.” We’re winning .”
” I merely want to wish everybody a very, very merry Christmas, we say Merry Christmas, again, very, very proudly. Very, very merry Christmas. We’re going to have a great year, an incredible time. I’m thrilled to bring seasons greets on behalf of the first lady and our entire family and most importantly, on behalf of the American people .”
He then told” the wonderful people of the media. Enjoy yourselves. Really appreciate it, have a great Christmas “.
The president then departed for a round of golf at the Trump International Golf Club.