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:
Trump officials could face criminal charges for USPS sabotage — and the president may not be able to pardon them
Members of the Trump administration could face legal jeopardy over efforts to sabotage U.S. Postal Service operations to interfere with the 2020 presidential elections.
"Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ) made a criminal referral to the New Jersey Attorney General on Friday night, asking him to impanel a grand jury to look at possible breach of state election laws by President Trump, Postmaster General Louis DeJoy and others for 'their accelerating arson of the post office,' he said. Alarming headlines have emerged in recent days as many states prepare to facilitate widespread mail balloting due to the coronavirus pandemic. President Trump openly admitted he was withholding federal aid from the postal service to prevent mail-in voting, and USPS has notified 46 states and D.C. that it will struggle to deliver some mail ballots on time," The Daily Beast reported Friday.
Maddow reveals how one state stood up to Trump’s USPS cuts — and won
MSNBC anchor Rachel Maddow's opening segment on Friday focused on a positive story of political pressure stopping one of the Trump administration's attacks on the U.S. Postal Service.
Maddow reported how NBC Montana reporter Maritsa Georgiou had doggedly reported on the removal of postal boxes in Missoula, where she is based. Missoula has been a long-time Democratic Party stronghold.
Montana has a competitive U.S. Senate election in 2020, with Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock challenging first-term Republican Sen. Steve Daines.
As Georgiou chased the story, she learned there were also plans to remove boxes in the battleground of Billings. And more planned for the blue town of Bozeman. And other towns.
Pepsi joins the chorus of people dunking on Tucker Carlson over Kamala Harris
The Pepsi soda company mocked Fox News personality Tucker Carlson on Friday evening.
On Tuesday, Carlson flipped out after a guest attempted to teach him how to pronounce the name of Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), who is running for vice president on Joe Biden's ticket.
Video of the exchange was posted on Twitter by Nikki McCann Ramirez, a researcher at the watchdog group Media Matters for America.
Tucker Carlson loses it when a guest corrects his pronunciation of Kamala Harris's name pic.twitter.com/1fHIrPGuwN