Donald Trump warned voters that Democrats intend to tear down Obamacare and quadruple taxes if they gain power in a speech he delivered in Cape Giradeau, Missouri, last night, on the eve of the mid-term elections.
“If Democrats gain power on Tuesday, one of their very first projects will be a socialist takeover of American health care. You know what’s happening. And your taxes are going to triple, maybe quadruple. You’re not going to be happy. I know you well,” Trump said, according to the transcript. “The Democrat plan would obliterate Obamacare. It will also – which is good – but leave the bad parts behind.”
Trump, who has spent a good deal of the past two years trying to tear down Obamacare, warned voters that Democrats intend to tear down their own health care law, according to Steve Benen, producer for The Rachel Maddow Show, who added, “After reading the transcripts of every other speech Trump has delivered for a while, I have a hunch he just slipped. The president probably meant to say Democrats would ‘obliterate Medicare’ – which is also wrong – but he accidentally said ‘Obamacare’ instead.”
“If Democrats gain power, they’ll also be planning a takeover of American health care and that would be socialism, what they want to do. The Democrat plan would obliterate Medicare” has become a standard refrain in Trump’s 2018 stump speeches to Republican audiences. In the past week alone, Trump has repeated this line, practically word for word, in Indiana, Ohio, Georgia, Florida, Montana, Indiana, Tennessee, and West Virginia.
“The rhetoric is, of course, wrong – and not altogether coherent. Expanding Medicare to include the rest of the country is not ‘obliterating’ the system said Benen. “For that matter, it’s odd to hear the Republican pretend to champion Medicare and condemn Medicare as ‘socialism’ at the same time.”
Benen claims Trump could have corrected himself but chose not to do so because it “would’ve meant admitting a mistake. Instead, he pretended that he meant to say that, and then tried to quickly come up with a rationalization, saying it’s a ‘good’ thing that Democrats would ‘obliterate’ the Affordable Care Act, though those rascally Dems apparently intend to ‘leave the bad parts behind.'”