On Sunday, Hillary Clinton stated that Donald Trump’s executive actions on the coronavirus relief were a “stunt” calling the orders “unconstitutional” and a “diversion” from Congress’ ongoing negotiations.
“[I]t’s a stunt. There’s no doubt about it. It’s most likely, as even Republican senators have said, unconstitutional, bypassing the Congress, trying to spend money he has no authority to direct,” Clinton said on MSNBC’s “AM Joy.” “But it’s also meant to be a big diversion from the hard work the Congress should be engaged in to provide the kind of relief that tens of millions of Americans need.”
Over the weekend, Trump signed three memoranda and one executive order. Those actions suspend the payroll tax and extend the federal unemployment plus-up at a reduced rate, as well as an evictions moratorium and a freeze on student loan payments.
Democratic leaders say that the actions are “dubiously legal” and “ineffective” in replacing actual legislation. They take the biggest offense to the unemployment extension, which gives $400 a week Instead of the original $600 a week.
“So, yes, it was a stunt. Most likely unconstitutional. He doesn’t really have the authority to do what he tried,” Clinton said. “But he sent a signal to voters that, you know, if you were, unfortunately, unlucky enough to have him be president again, you can watch what he is going to do to Social Security and Medicare. And it’s going to hurt not just elderly Americans but every American.”
Joe Biden called Trump’s executive order ‘a reckless war on Social Security.’
Clinton also stated that she was anxious to see who Biden would choose as a running mate. She said she was “excited” about the mix of women on Biden’s list.
She then added, “But I think people have to understand that we are up against a wanna-be authoritarian who has already hurt our country, our institutions, our rule of law, has already scapegoated so many different groups of people. We just have to defeat Donald Trump. And we all have to do everything possible to make that happen.”