Donald Trump was desperate yesterday — perhaps he already knew that the Republican Party was going to suffer a humiliating, devastating loss on Election Night. That might be true, because what Trump did earlier that afternoon certainly reeks of desperation.
It turns out, Trump made a really weird phone call to 12 Senate Democrats in a pathetic attempt to get them to support the Republican Party’s disastrous tax bill. In his pitch, Trump insisted that his personal bank account would “get killed” if the GOP tax cut bill were to pass — clearly hoping that would make the Democrats support the bill.
NBC reported that Trump called the Congressional lawmakers from South Korea and said:
My accountant called me and said ‘you’re going to get killed in this bill.’”
Trump also told the Senate Democrats that the only part of the bill that he will benefit from is the repeal of the estate tax. This call was also attended by Trump’s legislative affairs chief Marc Short and economics adviser Gary Cohn, and the whole thing turned into a mess. What Trump hoped would be a convincing call to the Democrats actually ended up turning into a “sparring match” over the bill-crafting process of the Trump administration and GOP leaders.
The Democratic senators have been a major obstacle in the Republican Party’s tax bill, and Trump clearly felt he was against the wall and needed to resort to such unconventional negotiation methods.
Democrats – and anyone with half a brain – are unlikely to believe anything that comes out of Trump’s mouth at this point in his presidency. There have been enough uncovered lies from Trump to make the argument that nothing that the man says is truthful. It doesn’t help that Trump still has not released his tax returns (even after promising to do so), so we cannot be sure what the GOP’s tax plan will actually do to his finances.
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