Trump backs Haw­ley as he stumps for tax bill

The Oneida Daily Dispatch (Oneida, NY) - - Front Page - By Zeke Miller

ST. CHARLES, MO. » Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump ap­peared to give up on win­ning Demo­cratic sup­port as he pro­moted the GOP tax over­haul plan Wed­nes­day, tak­ing aim at a chief Repub­li­can tar­get and re­peat­edly boost­ing her ri­val.

Dur­ing a trip to Mis­souri to try to push the GOP tax plan across the fin­ish line, Trump told the state’s vot­ers that Demo­cratic Sen. Claire McCaskill “is do­ing you a tremen­dous dis­ser­vice.”

“She wants your taxes to go up, she’s weak on crime, she’s weak on bor­ders, she’s weak on il­le­gal im­mi­gra­tion and she’s weak on the mil­i­tary,”

Trump said in a speech in the St. Louis sub­urbs. “Other than that, I think she’s do­ing a fan­tas­tic job.”

McCaskill, a top Repub­li­can tar­get in the 2018 midterm elec­tions, voted against the GOP pro­posal in com­mit­tee ear­lier this month, and is ex­pected to vote against it when the full Se­nate takes up the mea­sure.

Dur­ing his sec­ond visit to the state to build sup­port for the plan, Trump made a pop­ulist ap­peal for the Repub­li­can tax pack­age, say­ing it would “bring Main Street rolling back.”

“Our fo­cus is on help­ing the folks who work in the mail­rooms and the ma­chine shops of Amer­ica, the plumbers, the carpenters, the cops, the teach­ers, the truck drivers, the pipe fit- ters — the peo­ple that like me best,” Trump said in a me­an­der­ing speech in St. Charles.

“It is not enough for the mid­dle class to keep get­ting by. We want them to start get­ting way ahead,” he said.

But while the White House says the plan will be a boon to mid­dle-in­come fam­i­lies by help­ing small-busi­ness owners and work­ers, spark­ing eco­nomic growth and sim- pli­fy­ing the tax code, crit­ics say both the House and Se­nate ver­sions will dis­pro­por­tion­ately help the wealthy and cor­po­ra­tions.

Trump used the speech to lend sup­port to Mis­souri At­tor­ney Gen­eral Josh Haw­ley, who is run­ning for McCaskill’s seat.

“I said, ‘Josh when you’re ready, you have my word, I’m go­ing to come here and cam­paign with you,’” Trump said. “We gotta get you in.”

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