Friday, July 10, 2020

WTDT reports on one thing Trump did every day, but not necessarily always the biggest news story of the day. For information about Trump's commutation of Roger Stone's sentence, see these news accounts.

What did Donald Trump do today?

He accused Joe Biden of having a "radical left" economic plan that he stole from Donald Trump.

Yesterday, Joe Biden unveiled his economic plan. It centers on infrastructure, government support of emerging industries, and worker-friendly policies like an increased minimum wage.

Asked about it today, Trump said this:

Q: What did you think of Joe Biden’s economic plan that he put out? 
TRUMP:  He plagiarized from me, but he can never pull it off.  He likes plagiarizing.  It’s a plan that is very radical left, but he said the right things, because he’s copying what I’ve done.  But the difference is he can’t do it, and he knows he’s not doing that.  It can’t be the same because he’s raising taxes way too much.  He’s raising everybody’s taxes.  He’s also putting tremendous amounts of regulations back on.  And those two things are two primary reasons that I created the greatest economy we’ve ever had.  And now we’re creating it again.  Okay?

In other words, Trump is saying that Biden stole his "radical leftist" economic plan from... Donald Trump, except that it's different in every way.

For what it's worth, Trump is correct that Biden intends to raise some taxes. Not on "everybody," but certainly on people as wealthy as Trump claims to be. That said, Trump may fare better under Biden's plan than the billionaires he claims as peers. He is nothing if not a skilled and daring tax evader, having legally written off over $900 million in losses sustained by other people—and illegally collected more than $400 million of his father's fortune tax-free.

Who cares?

  • Trump doesn't have to like or even read about his opponent's platform, but if he chooses to talk about it, he should be able to make more sense than this.