GOP or­ga­nizer: Trump tax plan helps mi­nori­ties

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - BY S.A. MILLER

Pres­i­dent Trump is get­ting a grass-roots boost for his tax re­form plan in the Demo­cratic strong­hold of Philadel­phia.

Lin­wood Hol­land, a com­mu­nity or­ga­nizer and chair­man of the Philadel­phia Black Re­pub­li­can Ward Lead­ers Cau­cus, is spread­ing the word to mi­nor­ity groups that the Trump tax plan is good for the work­ing class.

“I’ve al­ready been to the Asian com­mu­nity and spoke to them, and I’ve ex­plained it to groups in my area,” said Mr. Hol­land, 57, who at­tended the pres­i­dent’s speech on tax re­form Wed­nes­day at the Har­ris­burg Air Na­tional Guard Base.

“On a grass-roots level we are do­ing a good job putting the mes­sage out al­ready,” he said. “Hope­fully by peo­ple see­ing the speech and un­der­stand­ing that it will help them, it makes it that much eas­ier for us to pro­mote it.”

Mr. Hol­land, a fa­ther of four with an an­nual house­hold in­come of about $65,000, echoed the pres­i­dent’s pitch. He has been telling Philadel­phia res­i­dents — es­pe­cially those that he says live pay­check to pay­check — that mid­dle-class tax cuts leave more money in work­ers’ pock­ets and busi­ness tax cuts mean more jobs and higher wages.

His ef­forts ad­vance a White House strat­egy to put pres­sure on Sen. Robert P. Casey Jr. of Penn­syl­va­nia to cross the aisle to sup­port the plan. He’s one of sev­eral Sen­ate Democrats up for re-elec­tion in states that Mr. Trump won in Novem­ber.

Mr. Trump hopes to win over a few Democrats to pad the Re­pub­li­can’s thin ma­jor­ity in the Sen­ate, thereby avoid­ing the types of re­peated fail­ures he ex­pe­ri­enced try­ing to re­peal Oba­macare.

“We’re go­ing to fight, and we’re go­ing to get those Repub­li­cans and maybe a few of those Democrats to raise their hand,” Mr. Trump said at the Air Na­tional Guard base. “And you’re go­ing to have so much money to spend in this won­der­ful coun­try and this great econ­omy.”

Mr. Casey has re­sisted the pres­sure, con­fi­dent that the pres­i­dent’s coali­tion won’t hold in the tra­di­tion­ally Demo­cratic-lean­ing state.

Mr. Casey re­sponded to Mr. Trump’s speech, which fo­cused on the ben­e­fits for work­ers and mid­dle-class fam­i­lies, by con­demn­ing the plan as a “mas­sive tax give­away to the su­per­rich at the ex­pense of the mid­dle class.”

“Un­der this plan, mid­dle-class fam­i­lies in Penn­syl­va­nia may see their taxes go up through the elim­i­na­tion of de­duc­tions, while the wealth­i­est will get an an­nual $146,400 wind­fall,” Mr. Casey said in a state­ment.

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