Away from the cameras and the microphones, but not away from witnesses who corroborate the account, Donald Trump decided to wrap up his year at the “Winter White House,” Mar-a-Lago, with some of his closest friends: People with enough money to afford a membership.
At the dinner Friday night, according to CBS News, Trump was still ebullient about the tax law he’d signed just a few hours before, and he wanted to let his pals know how it would affect them.
Two of his friends, seated at a table adjacent to his own, recounted what he said to the gathered elites:
You all just got a lot richer.”
It’s one thing for Americans to be polled and believe something like that. We can do math, Mr. President. America does understand that in order to function as a country, we need tax revenue. It’s how we build our roads and fund our military, along with countless other examples of things all Americans are willing to pay for, for the benefit of their fellow citizens.
But every word in that sentence is like a punch in the gut.
You = The rich. All = Every last one of you. JUST = Directly related to the law I just signed.
Got a lot richer.
That’s a pretty striking contrast with the millions who were effectively booted from their healthcare. It’s a slap in the face to the AT&T workers who just lost their jobs while other employees of the company got $1,000 bonuses. Bonuses that were negotiated long in advance, but which you claim credit for with your tax bill.
Most of all, it’s a stab in the back to the people who need that money the most. While some Americans may see a small tax cut, it’s not big enough to be something they’ll even notice on a paycheck, and those tax cuts — the ones going to ordinary working Americans — are temporary. Trump and the Republicans set an expiration date on them. You know which ones never expire? Corporate tax cuts. Those are permanent.
The ones he just gave to his friends celebrating at Mar-a-Lago with him.
Merry Christmas, Mr. President. Let’s hope it’s your last in charge of this country.
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