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Clinton Says Trump Going After Medicare and Social Security If He Wins in November

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Clinton Says Trump Going After Medicare and Social Security If He Wins in November

2020-08-10 16:03:12

By Laura Tucker, Staff writer; Image: Hillary Clinton (Image source: Screenshot)

There are many thoughts to come out of this past weekend following Donald Trump signing a quartet of executive orders after the White House, the Senate GOP, and Democrats could not agree on a stimulus package. Former senator and secretary of state Hillary Clinton wants everyone in the country to know that Trump's real intent is to completely dismantle Medicare and Social Security.

There have been a few stimulus bills so far that were rushed out to help the economy, and many lawmakers realize this could be their last chance with a stimulus package before the election. Repeated attempts to come to an agreement failed at every turn.

This led Donald Trump to step in over the weekend and sign four executive orders with the intent of handling it on his own. However, many are in disagreement over these orders regarding his authority to make these changes and whether they will be effective.

Clinton was interviewed on MSNBC's "AM Joy" on Sunday and made the point several times that Trump has made it clear he is going after Medicare and Social Security in what she described as a "stunt" to distract from the need for Congress to provide financial aid long term to those who are struggling. She is hoping Republicans will "find their patriotism and conscience" to participate in working out a stimulus relief package.

She questioned whether Trump even knew how his executive orders would work and noted that several Republicans had doubts about the constitutionality of the orders. He instituted a $400 weekly unemployment benefit with states chipping in 25 percent of it, a payroll tax cut, protections for eviction, and student loan relief.

It's the payroll tax cut Clinton was discussing, as this is the money that helps fund Medicare and Social Security. Trump also vowed that if he is reelected, he will work to make that payroll tax cut permanent, jeopardizing the future of Medicare and Social Security.

"It's a stunt, there's no doubt about it, and it's most likely — as even many Republican senators have said — unconstitutional," she told MSNBC host Zelina Maxwell.

"He's bypassing the Congress, trying to spend money he has no authority to direct, and it's also meant to be a big diversion from the hard work Congress should be engaged in to provide the relief tens of millions of Americans need," complained Clinton, Trump's 2016 Democratic opponent.

"Sadly, we didn't take the steps for long enough to try to bend the [coronavirus] curve except for a few places, and we can't act like it is back to normal — people are still unemployed, small businesses are shuttered and gasping for help."

She warned viewers that "there was something else, very significant, in what Trump did the other day: basically he signaled that he's going after Social Security and Medicare. Basically, he was talking about ending the financial contributions we all make into Social Security and Medicare through the payroll tax."

"He sent a signal to voters that if you were unfortunately unlucky enough to have him be president again," continued Clinton, "you can watch what he's going to do to Social Security and Medicare. And it's going to hurt not just elderly Americans but every American." 

While she did discuss her own decision-making in opting to make Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA), her running mate in 2016, she would not endorse any of presumptive Democratic nominee Joe Biden's choices for a running mate. Her only message was to tell Americans that they "have to do everything possible" to be sure Trump is not reelected, as she tagged him a "wannabe authoritarian."

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