Donald Trump continued his educational tour on Wednesday with a visit to St. Charles, Mo. There Trump noted that it was the location where Lewis and Clarke prepared to make their push up the Missouri River. Which was one of those facts hidden in history books, so Trump “only learned it a couple of days ago.”
But other than complaining that people didn’t like it when he “took jewelry” — a statement that will require a consultation with a Trump translator — most of the rambling, colorless, lifeless speech was Trump’s attempt to sell the Republican tax plan. Trump repeatedly attempted to pass off the tax plan as something that wouldn’t benefit him.
“It’s not good for me. I’ve got some very wealthy friends who are not happy with me.”
That idea that this was a middle class tax cut or even a “tax cut for workers” was one that Trump would return to again, and again, and … again. And that’s because Trump identifies with the little people.
“The rich people actually don’t like me. People who like me best are the workers. Those are the people I grew up with. Those are the people I worked on construction sites with.”
Which is why so many people have fond memories of little Donnie Trump bossing them around with his tiny clipboard and oh-so-cute suits, just like an average kid. And why Trump’s cabinet is so notably full of ordinary Joes like Gary Cohn and Stephen Mnuchin and Rex Tillerson. Trump did eye some people at the front row and declare that he could tell they were both very rich, and that they loved their kids, as he went on to complain about how Democrats were trying to keep rich people from passing on their wealth to their kids — just one feature of this bill that would keep over a billion dollars in Trump’s family.
In addition to the tax bill, Trump declared that Republicans were not done with health care, but would return to it after the tax bill is signed. Then Trump reached deep into the Reagan Recycling bag to pull out his next topic — welfare reform.