Over and over, Donald Trump promised Americans that he would not cut Social Security and Medicare.— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) January 22, 2020
When we win, we’re not going to just protect Social Security and Medicare, we’re going to expand them.https://t.co/Yk71q5yXgg
CNBC: Will entitlements ever be on your plate [for cutting]?— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) January 22, 2020
TRUMP: “At some point they will be”
CNBC: But you said you wouldn’t do that in the past
TRUMP: “We also have assets that we never had” pic.twitter.com/FgZnzYz33l
The 2020 election got slightly more interesting this afternoon.
“WASHINGTON — President Trump suggested on Wednesday that he would be willing to consider cuts to social safety-net programs like Medicare to reduce the federal deficit if he wins a second term, an apparent shift from his 2016 campaign promise to protect funding for such entitlements.
The president made the comments on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. Despite promises to reduce the federal budget deficit, it has ballooned under Mr. Trump’s watch as a result of sweeping tax cuts and additional government spending.
Asked in an interview with CNBC if cuts to entitlements would ever be on his plate, Mr. Trump answered yes.
“At some point they will be,” Mr. Trump said, before pointing to United States economic growth. “At the right time, we will take a look at that.” …”
Bernie Sanders is surging.
If Bernie wins the Democratic nomination, we will at least get to see Trump raked over the coals for most of his fake populist agenda: how he expanded the “endless wars” in the Middle East after vowing to end them, how he is pushing us toward a war with Iran, how he has taken millions of dollars from Republican donors, how ending the carried interest loophole mysteriously vanished from his tax plan, how he put Mick Mulvaney in charge of the budget and reversed himself on entitlements, his non-existent infrastructure plan, how he tweaked and rebranded the existing free trade deals and so on. I can imagine him hitting Trump on all these issues.