President Trump is heading back to the heartland to bolster support for his tax bill. The Democrats are forming their usual grievances of class warfare and insinuated racism.
Most likely by his design, Trump threw an unexpected insult at one of his harshest critics on Monday. Meeting with Native American veterans at an event honoring them, he poked fun at Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., calling her "Pocahontas," referring to her claim to be one thirty-fourth Cherokee Indian. The liberal media went predictably wild.
It was a typical Trump maneuver to gain control of the news cycle and point out how the liberals are attempting to stop his tax bill to flood the country with illegal immigrants." It caused the anticipated backlash he was looking for and the usual "racist" innuendo.
The president leaves Wednesday for Missouri trying to show he’s committed to salvaging his legislative agenda. His "racial slur" aside, Republicans majority are hoping for a disciplined message on tax reform from the White House and his coming road trip.
There are dark clouds on the horizon. The growing list of challenges from both sides of the aisle threaten to delay his plan even further. Meanwhile, Trump is hoping for a speedy win on taxes.
His efforts are being hindered by members of his own party. Sen. Steve Daines, R-Mont., said he may vote no for various regional reasons. It is assumed his support will be forthcoming in the end, but it illustrates how few votes Trump can lose in his tight fight to gain a majority in the Senate. They can survive just two defections from their party and still have Vice President Pence break a 50-50 tie.
Senate Finance Committee Chairman Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, emerged from a Monday afternoon meeting with Trump expressing disaster relief and reauthorizes the Children’s Health Insurance Program. Every senator on Capitol Hill is attempting to inject their own brand of down-home flavor to appease their individual constituencies.
Around this backdrop is the continual fighting between Trump and disgruntled Senate Majority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. The two men do not like each other and it is more than a bit obvious. The relationship has become more strained over Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore. He is accused of sexual advances on minor girls.
The powerful McConnell and the bombastic ego of Trump have eroded their ties as the majority leader unsuccessfully tried to persuade him to find distance with Moore. McConnell believes Moore will lose to his Democratic opponent or win or tarnish the GOP brand ahead of the 2018 midterm elections.
Trump further invested in the ongoing feud with McConnell earlier by hammering out a deal with Schumer and Pelosi last September. He did so by excluding his party’s leaders concerning government spending and raising the debt ceiling.
The deal sent shockwaves through the GOP leadership. In typical stride, businessman Trump’s view of the world allowed him to broker a deal directly with the opposition. It has become his feeling that his own “friends” are ineffective and sluggish in obtaining the goals they express to be concerned with.
Apparently the odd Trump-Schumer-Pelosi agreement to salvage the DACA program was the problem. The ever-defiant Trump did not rule out putting more deals together without his party’s involvement.
There appears to be method to the president’s perceived madness. He has both sides expressing anger with him while he now takes his ideas to the Midwest and his base of support. Ever the supreme salesman, he considers that support to be his strategy to get the deal done between the two sulking parties.
Dwight L. Schwab, Jr. is an award-winning national political and foreign affairs columnist and published author. He has spent over 35 years in the publishing industry. His long-running articles include many years at Examiner.com and currently Newsblaze.com. Dwight is an author of two highly acclaimed books, "Redistribution of Common Sense - Selected Commentaries on the Obama Administration 2009-2014" and "The Game Changer - America's Most Stunning Election in History." He is a native of Portland, Oregon, a journalism graduate from the University of Oregon, and a resident of the SF Bay Area. To read more of his reports — Click Here Now.
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