President Donald Trump put congressional Democrats in an awkward position Tuesday night by co-opting a number of issues long associated with their Party.
On a number of issues that Democrats have fought for — or pretended to — for years, Trump reached out destroyed the foundation of the Democrats’ carefully tended moral high ground.
Trump promised to devote significant government resources to a massive infrastructure overhaul. “Crumbling infrastructure will be replaced with new roads, bridges, tunnels, airports and railways gleaming across our beautiful land,” said Trump — as cameras panned to a stone-faced Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Massachusetts) sitting silently.
“America has spent approximately six trillion dollars in the Middle East, all this while our infrastructure at home is crumbling. With this six trillion dollars we could have rebuilt our country –- twice,” said Trump. Words that could have fit seamlessly into any Democratic stump speech were met with resounding Democratic silence.
“To launch our national rebuilding, I will be asking the Congress to approve legislation that produces a $1 trillion investment in the infrastructure of the United States — financed through both public and private capital –- creating millions of new jobs,” Trump said.
This is the precise type of program Democrats have been advocating for years — their preferred solution to spur economic growth held up time and time again as an alternative to tax cuts traditionally favored by Republicans.
And barely a peep was to be heard from the Democrats’ side of the aisle. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi just looked shell-shocked, her face a thousand-yard stare into a future in which some of her favorite talking points have vanished.
Trump also promised support for two more of the Democrats’ professed favorite causes — women and the environment. “With the help of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, we have formed a council with our neighbors in Canada to help ensure that women entrepreneurs have access to the networks, markets and capital they need to start a business and live out their financial dreams,” Trump said.
“My administration wants to work with members in both parties to make child care accessible and affordable, to help ensure new parents have paid family leave, to invest in women’s health, and to promote clean air and clear water,” the President said. Democratic lawmakers barely reacted.
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