2016: As Donald Trump's poll numbers have faltered, his rhetoric, if you can believe it, has heated up. Except now he's starting to attack his Republican opponents from the left.
'They're gonna cut Social Security. They're gonna cut Medicare. They're gonna cut Medicaid. I'm the one saying I'm not gonna do that."
Trump speaks at a press conference at Trump Tower
in New York on Tuesday. AP
"They're attacking Social Security — the Republicans — they're attacking Medicare and Medicaid."
"Ben Carson wants to knock out Medicare. He wants to abolish Medicare." Paul Ryan is "so anti-Medicare/ Medicaid/Social Security."
No, that's not Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders bashing Republicans for offering much-needed entitlement reform plans. The favorite candidate of many conservatives — Donald Trump — uttered them, and with increased frequency as his poll numbers started to slip.
Some will argue that Trump is just warning Republicans off this issue, since entitlement reform is so easily demagogued by Democrats. Even Trump has said in the past that the GOP should focus on economic growth instead of this hot-button issue.
That might be sound advice, if that was what Trump was giving. It's not. Because if he was, he'd say something like this: "We need to reform entitlement programs, and my Republican colleagues have put forward many excellent free-market reform ideas — ideas that have been shamefully and dishonestly attacked by do-nothing Democrats for political gains.
"Still, our first priority must be to grow the economy. Once we've done that, entitlement reform will be much easier to achieve."Read the rest of this IBD editorial HERE.
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