Trump backs Hawley as he stumps for tax bill
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.”