Here’s Why Trump’s Comments About NJ ‘Having Problems’ Before Covid-19 Is Total BS
While the majority of homebound Americans–and Dr. Birx–were putting on extra pairs of nitrile gloves to properly facepalm, following the President’s suggestion that Americans inject poisonous disinfectants into their bodies, some may have overlooked Trump’s flagrant cheap shots at blue states like New Jersey.
Our insanely selfish and hyper-partisan President claims to have good working relationships with Democratic Governors Andrew Cuomo of New York, and with Phil Murphy of New Jersey, but he’s never missed an opportunity to use his free national air time to take cheap shots at either of them, even while their states have been among the hardest hit by COVID-19. During a discussion on whether he would back giving more federal funding to states and localities forced to shut down and lose untold amounts of revenue, Trump made a bogus claim about New Jersey.
“New York and New Jersey were in a lot of trouble long before the plague came,” the president said during his daily coronavirus press conference. Adding, “It is interesting that the states that are in trouble do happen to be blue.”
The man truly creates bullsh*t at the rate of actual bulls and forever chooses divisive partisan attacks over facts. But here’s the thing: productive blue states like New Jersey subsidize all the red states in the South that support Trump. Moreover, New Jersey and New York are among the states that send billions of dollars more to Washington than they receive in services, according to the State University of New York’s Rockefeller Institute of Government. To be more precise, New Jersey taxpayers got 90 cents back for every $1 in taxes.
Worse yet, New Jersey was among the states hit hardest by Trump’s worthless tax cuts, which capped the federal deduction for state and local taxes at $10,000. New Jersey, having some of the highest property taxes in the nation, was simply punished for not supporting our nasty and vindictive President. Not surprisingly, the state most subsidized was Republican Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s Kentucky. Kentuck received $2.41 for every $1 in federal taxes, according to the Rockefeller Institute report.
Notwithstanding the cold hard facts, this president has perpetually demonstrated a clear-cut animus towards anyone who doesn’t blindly worship him. There’s virtually no low he hasn’t found and no amount of distorted fiction he’s willing to make to satisfy his gargantuan ego.