On Wednesday, Former president Donald Trump released a statement criticizing his successor, President Joe Biden, claiming the current U.S. president’s $2 trillion infrastructure plan is an “attack on the American Dream.”
The statement in part read:
“Joe Biden’s radical plan to implement the largest tax hike in American history is a massive giveaway to China, and many other countries, that will send thousands of factories, millions of jobs, and trillions of dollars to these competitive Nations. The Biden plan will crush American workers and decimate U.S. manufacturing, while giving special tax privileges to outsourcers, foreign and giant multinational companies.”
As a candidate in 2016, Trump pledged to implement sweeping infrastructure programs, but those initiatives failed to materialize once he took office in the White House.
Following the passage of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan earlier this month, which was aimed at helping the economy recover from being ravaged by the coronavirus pandemic, the new bill includes plans to add millions of jobs and pump billions of dollars into the economy in a few short years.
Biden spoke of both plans back in January:
“We’ll use taxpayers’ dollars to rebuild America. We’ll buy American products, supporting millions of American manufacturing jobs, enhancing our competitive strength in an increasingly competitive world.”
Donald Trump attacked the infrastructure plan for its proposed tax increases on the wealthy to pay for it, stating that it “is a strategy for total economic surrender:”
“Joe Biden’s cruel and heartless attack on the American Dream must never be allowed to become Federal Law. Just like our southern border went from best to worst, and is now in shambles, our economy will be destroyed!”
Continuing his crusade against Republican lawmakers who voted in favor of his second impeachment, former President Donald Trump also announced recently that he is planning to actively campaign against Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska.
Trump called Murkowski a “disloyal and very bad Senator” in the statement:
“I will not be endorsing, under any circumstances, the failed candidate from the great State of Alaska, Lisa Murkowski. She represents her state badly and her country even worse. I do not know where other people will be next year, but I know where I will be – in Alaska campaigning against a disloyal and very bad Senator.”
Trump continued, criticizing her vote to confirm Joe Biden’s Secretary of Interior nominee, Deb Haaland:
“Her vote to advance radical left Democrat Deb Haaland for Secretary of the Interior is yet another example of Murkowski not standing up for Alaska.”
Trump’s criticism of Murkowski is not a new development. He made similar comments last June after Murkowski told the press that she was “struggling” to support Trump in his reelection campaign because she didn’t like his reaction to the nationwide mass protests over the murder of George Floyd.
Murkowski has had close calls before, even though her seat is firmly Republican according to the Cook Political Report. She lost her primary run in 2010 to a far-right challenger but incredibly beat him in the general as a write-in candidate.
Trump’s statement comes just days after Senator Rick Scott of Florida, the chair of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, told Fox News that he will support all incumbent Republican Senators in primaries, even if Trump supports the challenger.
Just a few days after the Wall Street Journal published an opinion piece saying that the GOP needs to abandon former President Donald Trump and “Trumpism,” Trump angrily lashed out in a press statement.
Trump was forced to release a statement to the press, as he is still banned from social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook over his inciting the murderous mob that attacked the US Capitol on January 6.
Trump accused the Journal of pushing “globalist policies such as bad trade deals, open borders, and endless wars” and blasted them for supporting “RINOS:”
“They fight for RINOS that have so badly hurt the Republican Party. That’s where they are and that’s where they will always be. Fortunately, nobody cares much about The Wall Street Journal editorial anymore. They have lost great credibility.”
The paper’s editorial board criticized the former President for his role in Republicans losing two Georgia Senate seats and their majority in the Senate.
Trump also blamed the Senate losses on then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s (R-Ky.) refusal to push through a COVID-19 relief package that included $2,000 individual payments to most Americans.
“This latter point was used against our Senators and the $2,000 will be approved anyway by the Democrats who bought the Georgia election—and McConnell let them do it!” Trump said. “Even more stupidly, the National Republican Senatorial Committee spent millions of dollars on ineffective TV ads starring Mitch McConnell, the most unpopular politician in the country, who only won in Kentucky because President Trump endorsed him. He would have lost badly without this endorsement.”
“Mr. Trump had one landmark victory in 2016 but he has cost the GOP dearly since,” the paper concluded:
“As for Republicans and Mr. Trump, the future isn’t as clear as the press and the former President would like. The CPAC crowd cheered his speech, which was largely a collection of greatest political hits. But if CPAC represented America, Mr. Trump would still reside in the White House, not Mar-a-Lago. He lost to Joe Biden, the old Democratic war horse, by seven million votes. He also lost five states he carried in 2016, even Georgia.”