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Watch: Donald Trump Jr. suggests President Joe Biden stole his father's ideas in State of the Union speech
Donald Trump Junior accused President Joe Biden of stealing his father's ideas in Tuesday night's State of the Union speech during a Wednesday morning rant.
Junior published his grievances to his Rumble channel shortly following former President Donald Trump's livid response to Biden's address, which played after Junior finished speaking.
"Joe Biden's insane, dreamworld State of the Union last night, where he got up and literally seemed to run on like a Trump/Make America Great Again for the working-class platform, except we all see the results," he began. "It's all a big lie, right? He talked about how he's reducing insulin prices. My father did that. Joe Biden came in and canceled it. Now he puts it back in and takes credit for it, just like he's taking credit for 'job creation' by allowing people displaced from the pandemic to go back to work, alright? That's not a real statistic. Allowing people to go back to work is not job creation, right?"
"The economy isn't booming. Look at what these policies are. They're not populist policies. They gave us skyrocketing inflation. They gave us skyrocketing gas prices. They canceled oil pipelines. They canceled those jobs. They are putting us to the brink of war. They threw our grocery bills through the roof. Inflation is insane and so are our interest rates and as our markets reset, you're gonna see even more of that," he said.
"It's all one big lie. But it's easy to lie when you have the mainstream media and big tech as your mouthpiece pretending you can do no wrong," Junior added. "It's insane."
After tricking GOP to standing for Social Security and Medicare — Republicans are trying to say Biden wants cuts
President Joe Biden is traveling the country after his State of the Union Address to promote the policy initiatives in his speech, including upholding Social Security and Medicare.
During the speech, Biden tricked Republicans into booing over his allegations that members of his party want to kill the beloved programs. During the last election, Sen. Rick Scott (R-FL) proposed that all programs, even Social Security and Medicare would sunset every five years unless lawmakers voted to uphold them. It was a proposal that was quickly shot down by Senate Minority Mitch McConnell (R-KY).
Now Republicans are trying to flip the script and claim that really it was Biden who wanted to slash the programs, Politico Playbook said on Wednesday.
Rep. Steve Daines (R-MT) claimed that Biden, not Republicans, was the one “proposing Medicare Advantage cuts.” Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) ranted too, calling the claim "a gross political lie." He too cited the Medicare Advantage program issue.
In Sept. 2022, Biden announced those on Medicare Advantage and Medicare Part D would see lower premiums in 2023.
“Today we’re delivering on our commitment to reduce health care costs for Americans, including 64 million people with Medicare,” said HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra. “Thanks to President Biden’s Inflation Reduction Act, millions of Medicare enrollees will have lower prescription drug costs and improved benefits when they sign up this year. We will continue working to strengthen Medicare to ensure everyone gets the high-quality, affordable care they deserve.”
Medicare Advantage dropped to just $18 a month. It's more than a $1.50 reduction since 2022, said the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
What Biden did propose is audits of insurance companies offering Medicare Advantage programs who are being overpaid.
"Studies and audits have identified billions of dollars of excess payments to health plans that weren't supported by patients' medical records, but federal officials in the past backed off many repayment demands," reported Axios last month.
“Auditing plans and recouping funds puts money back in the Medicare trust funds when big insurance companies get caught taking advantage of the Medicare program,” Politico cited a spokesperson for the Department of Health and Human Services. “This is about good governance and holding our senior’s health care to the standard they deserve; indications otherwise are incorrect.”
Still, Republicans argue that somehow this is the Democrats attempting to kill the program.
"Ted Cruz and Marjorie Taylor Greene might not have liked it much, but President Joe Biden exceeded expectations with his State of the Union address. Hecklers tried but failed to knock him off his game. His signature empathy infused the hour-plus speech, and at the end there was little doubt this 80-year-old man isn’t done yet," wrote Bailey. "As the celebratory afterparty rolled on in the U.S. House chamber, Gov. Sarah Sanders commandeered TV screens to darken the mood. Excerpts her office shared earlier in the day hinted Sanders’ speech would include her standard snarling about wokeness and the radical left. No surprises there."
Among other things, Sanders claimed that a "woke mob" was taking over the United States, and under Biden, "we must partake in their rituals, salute their flags and worship their false idols." She even claimed that when Trump was president, she sort of felt like she was in the military, when she wasn't.
The speech, wrote Bailey, was "a word salad of talking points and name calling, with some attempts at folksy relatability thrown in," that was "light on policy, heavy on menace."
Bailey also criticized Sanders for claiming that Democrats started the culture wars when she "[launched a] skirmish against transgender people unprovoked," for championing the bravery of the Little Rock Nine while touting a school voucher program "all but guaranteed to worsen segregation in Arkansas schools along racial and socioeconomic lines," and for blaming Biden for drug crises around the country when "suffering families didn’t seem to bother her before."