In a recent blog post, Real 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.
We must reform our tax code so that all Americans can succeed in our modern economy & achieve the American Dream!… https://t.co/8KRPbuywOi— Ivanka Trump (@Ivanka Trump)1504121750.0
"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."
"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.
"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?"