Former President Trump used his meeting in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Friday night to criticize Democrats’ sweeping climate, tax and health package while touting his track record of recent approvals.
While Trump was in Badger State boosting some of his approved candidates ahead of the August 9 primaries, including governor candidate Tim Michels (R) and Adam Steen, who competed in the 63rd Assembly District race against Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R), the former president used the rally to harass his opponents.
“The Radical Democrats are now planning to impose the largest tax hike in American history, the exact opposite of what I did,” Trump claimed, referring to the reconciliation agreement. “And they are working frantically to pile up more rules at a level never seen before. You get rules like no one has seen before.”
He checked the name of Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) .Y.) last week that they had reached an agreement on climate, health and tax reforms.
Joe Manchin has completely sold out West Virginia, what he did to that state is outrageous. And I told old broken crow, Mitch McConnell, this was going to happen,” Trump said.
Manchin appeared to be pouring cold water on the prospects of a deal earlier in July after data was released showing inflation at 9 percent a year.
When the deal was announced, after the Senate passed a bill with the support of the GOP to boost domestic semiconductor manufacturing and fund scientific research, some Republicans expressed frustration at the deal, saying they would pay the chips and the scientific bill. would have blocked if they had known that Democrats infused tax and climate provisions into a reconciliation package.
Manchin claimed that he and Schumer had not misled their colleagues.
The former president praised the recent successes of Arizona candidates Kari Lake (R) in the GOP’s gubernatorial primary and Blake Masters in the Republican Senate primary.
He also named Michigan gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon (R) and former Department of Housing and Urban Development official John Gibbs (R), who defeated Representative Peter Meijjer (R-Mich.), one of 10 House Republicans serving for impeachment voted Trump.
Trump mentioned Michels, who is up against former Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch (R) in the gubernatorial primary next Tuesday, an “incredible success story” and praised his construction company.
He called Steen — a candidate he supported as part of a larger revenge campaign against Republicans he says crossed his path after the election and the Capitol riots — a ‘true patriot’. Vos, Steen’s opponent, angered Trump after refusing attempts to undo the 2020 election.
While Trump took a few jabs at Kleefisch, he also seemed to subtly hit back at those who supported her, including former Vice President Pence.
“Tim’s primary opponent is Rebecca Kleesfisch, a career politician and political insider. Know her for a long time. She is the handpicked candidate of the failed establishment, the RINOs…the swamp of Washington, and she is campaigning on falsehoods and lies,” he claimed, using the acronym for “Republican in name only.”
The former president even waded into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) trip to Taiwan, one of several stops she made on her trip to East Asia amid heightened tensions between China and the self-governing island, and asked why she would travel to Taiwan. Taiwan.