President Donald Trump told reporters before a Nevada rally Saturday that he intends to pass a bill before the election that would give tax cuts to the middle class. The president doesn’t seem to know that Congress isn’t even in session right now.
During an MSNBC discussion, host Kasie Hunt reminded the panel of the calendar problem as they all laughed out loud at the president’s ignorance.
Republicans have tried to run on the GOP tax cut they passed that dropped the rate at which the super-wealthy and corporations are taxed, but it hasn’t worked very well with Independent voters and certainly not with Democratic voters. Even Obamacare is more popular than the Republican tax cuts.
“NBC News has reached out to the White House for more specifics and clarification on that timing,” Hunt noted about the new policy that came out of nowhere. “They, of course, have yet to respond. Phil Rucker, this strikes me as Republicans tried to message on the tax cut for corporations. They put it up in ads in special elections and found that actually, it had very little impact with their voters.”
Washington Post reporter Phil Rucker agreed, saying it seems Trump is trying to keep the phrase “tax cuts” in the general political discourse as the elections approach.
“But it’s not the decisive issue for a lot of voters. We’re seeing as you were saying, immigration and trade being a real driving force, but other issues as well,” he said. “The economy more generally. You cover Congress, Kasie. There is — the only issue that may be more complicated is health care. There’s no way a tax bill is going to soar through Congress.”
Watch the full discussion below:
Former federal prosecutor says judge could void Trump’s pardon for Flynn — here’s how
Former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner responded to President Donald Trump's pardon of retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn by saying that it's entirely possible that the judge in Flynn's case could nullify the pardon.
"Just as Judge Emmet Sullivan refused to grant Barr’s corrupt motion to dismiss, I hope Judge [Emmet] Sullivan sets a hearing on whether this pardon is corrupt & hence illegal/void," said Kirschner.
Civil Rights attorney Andrew Laufer agreed, saying that he too wants to see how Judge Sullivan deals with the development.
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On Wednesday, President Donald Trump decided to issue a full pardon of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, who was awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to lying to the FBI in the course of the Russia investigation — despite Flynn's attempt to take back his plea and Attorney General William Barr's efforts to shut down the prosecution.
Although Trump and his supporters for years have painted Flynn as a hero, that was not always the sentiment, however. As BuzzFeed News' Jason Leopold noted in a lengthy Twitter thread, Trump previously was enraged with Flynn's criminal conduct, and publicly declared him a liar.
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Retired Lt. Gen Michael Flynn admitted his guilt to Judge Emmett Sullivan, but President Donald Trump announced that the former director of national intelligence would never see jail time. After issuing a pardon to Flynn the day before Thanksgiving, MSNBC's Nicolle Wallace attacked the manner in which Trump announced the pardon: by tweet.
"Of all the sordid tales of Trump's presidency, this one might take the cake," said Wallace. "We knew this might be coming. We know Donald Trump likes the power to pardon. There's some reporting he's looking at a pardon for lots of other people. I wonder what your sense is about what else Donald Trump has up his sleeve?"