The GOP is in the middle of a huge tax reform push. The legislation is picking up steam in the Senate as crucial GOP votes are falling in line behind the bill, which would serve as the first major legislative success for the Trump administration. Team Trump has been on a full court press to sell the bill to the American people.
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President Donald Trump just won’t let Hillary Clinton forget about Benghazi.
The president took a few jabs at the failed Democratic candidate at a rally in Missouri on Wednesday, recalling her “What difference does it make?” blunder.
The viral video published by the Daily Caller depicts Trump mirthfully riffing on a favorite theme. In his improvisational style, Trump took a sudden break from talking about taxes to bash the would-have-been president:
“IT MADE A BIG DIFFERENCE”
Trump touted the GOP tax plan during his talk, asserting that it would be bad for wealthy people like himself.
He also discussed eliminating tax breaks and loopholes for the richest Americans, and got to joking that his “accountants are going crazy.”
“I don’t care. I don’t care. Some of my wealthy friends care. Me? This is a higher calling! Do we agree?” the president jibed.
Trump then joked about his indifference by way of a famous comment by his former rival:
As Hillary said, “What difference does it make?” It made a difference. It made a big difference. Made a big, big difference. We want a tax code that is simple and fair and that’s for all Americans.
The line was a reference to Hillary’s infamously tone-deaf Benghazi testimony, which ended up dogging her in the presidential campaign. Take a look at her original comments from years ago:
Despite his humorous quips, Trump’s speech drew criticism from mainstream media outlets, who accused Trump of misrepresenting the tax plan. Some analysts have suggested the plan would benefit wealthy Americans the most, while others have predicted overall economic growth.
THE TAX OVERHAUL
Despite criticism from the media, Trump has stood behind the GOP tax plan. He said during his speech, “Our focus is on helping the folks who work in the mail rooms and the machine shops of America, the plumbers, the carpenters, the cops, the teachers, the truck drivers…the people that like me best.”
After rushing a series of final compromises, Senate Republicans announced on Friday that they had enough votes to pass their version of the tax overhaul bill.
Republicans hope to get the final bill on Trump’s desk by Christmas.
During last year’s election, Trump carried the state against Democrat Hillary Clinton by more than 20 percentage points – a victory he mentioned at several points in his 40-minute remarks on Wednesday.
Trump also used his latest visit to take a shot at Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., who voted against the Senate tax bill in committee and is up for reelection next year.
“She wants your taxes to go up,” Trump asserted, promising to return to Missouri next year to campaign on behalf of her Republican opponent.