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‘You know you’re being conned, right?’: Bill Maher grills working-class Trump supporters on ‘tax reform’

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In a recent blog postReal Time host Bill Maher asked the simple but provocative question that’s been on left-leaning minds since before the election — do supporters of President Donald Trump know they’re being “conned?”

Maher cites a tweet from Trump’s daughter Ivanka, featuring herself, her father, and Goldman Sachs alum-turned Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. The subject of the tweet is tax reform.

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“What do they have in common?” Maher asks. “They’re all rich. They all worked for their dads, who were rich. And they all inherited (or will inherit) vast family fortunes.”

Trump, he continues, “is the first President in 40 years who won’t show the voters his taxes, but we know, for a fact, some years his federal tax payments totaled zero point zero f*ck all.”

Trump and Mnuchin’s idea of “tax reform” includes a cut of corporate tax rates from 35 to 15 percent, “even though most Americans – six out of ten – think corporations already pay too little.”

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“At his rally in Phoenix a few weeks ago, President Trump looked out over the sea of white faces, stretch pants, and plastic shoes and told them that the economy was rigged,” Maher continued. “This drew a fair amount of cheers for their mentally-addled, ill-informed champion of the working man.”

One problem remained, however –“the only prescription Trump has for unrigging the economy is tax cuts. And not just tax cuts. Tax cuts that almost exclusively benefit the people who are doing the rigging.”

“Most of the people in Trump’s audience don’t make enough to pay income tax at all, don’t own corporations, and the closest they’ve ever been to an estate was when they visited Graceland,” he wrote.

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“I know telling a Trump voter they’re being conned by a con man will only make their belief in the con man stronger, so I hesitate to even ask the question,” Maher wrote in conclusion. “But seriously, Trump supporters: you know you’re being conned, right?”

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GOP Sen. Ron Johnson: ‘My guess’ is John Bolton is telling truth about Trump and Ukraine

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Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), who once personally lobbied President Donald Trump to release the hold on military aid to Ukraine, seemed to give former national security adviser John Bolton some credibility while talking with reports on Monday.

Politico's Kyle Cheney reports that Johnson said that "my guess is John Bolton tells the truth," although he said he still wanted to hear the Trump administration's full case and also questioned the "exquisite" timing of the leak about Bolton's upcoming book, in which he reportedly says Trump told him he was holding up military aid to Ukraine until it agreed to launch an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden.

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‘Cat is out of the bag’: Trump supporter Byron York reverses and says GOP must allow Bolton impeachment testimony

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The Washington Examiner's Byron York has long been sympathetic to President Donald Trump. He has repeatedly defended the president's conduct in Ukraine and attacked the Democratic case. Just a week ago, he penned a column criticizing the idea that Trump has been less cooperative in the impeachment trial than President Bill Clinton. And in particular, he has opposed Democratic demands for former National Security Adviser John Bolton to be called to testify against the president, saying, "if anything is covered by executive privilege, it would be the president's private conversations with his national security adviser about issues of foreign policy and national security."

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Mitt Romney: GOP senators ‘increasingly likely’ to call John Bolton to testify in impeachment trial

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John Bolton's book bombshell may have broken President Donald Trump's grip on the Republican Party.

The former national security adviser's forthcoming book "The Room Where It Happened" claims Trump explicitly tied Ukraine aid to an investigation of Joe Biden, and GOP senators are publicly saying they want him to testify during the impeachment trial.

“I think it’s increasingly likely that other Republicans will join those of us who think we should hear from John Bolton," said Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT).

.@SenatorRomney tells reporters just now: “I think it’s increasingly likely that other Republicans will join those of us who think we should hear from John Bolton.”

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