I’ve pointed THIS out before here at the PDog…..
Donald J. Trump WAS a Democrat a few times…..
He may be Capt. Chaos ….
But he is NOWHERE as extreme as the Florida Republican Governor….
His voters will follow him ANYWHERE he goes…..
DeSantis IS sinking like a stone in Republican polling…..
No cut’s to Social Security…..
No cuts to Medicare….
Wiggle room on Abortion….
Leave Disney Alone…..
Congress should get entitlements to bring home the bacon and buy votes….
If Trump goes in the toilet from his legal troubles?
Will Biden and Democrats owe him ?
Is his Democrat coming back?
DONALD TRUMP IS PUMMELING RON DESANTIS in the battle for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination. He accuses DeSantis of exaggerating Florida’s economic success, failing to control crime, and locking down businesses during COVID. But Trump’s main line of attack comes straight out of the Democratic playbook: He says DeSantis would cut Medicare and Social Securityand would raise the eligibility ages for these programs.
Essentially, Trump is running a Democratic campaign in a Republican primary. It’s the kind of attack that often works in a general election, because most voters oppose cuts to entitlement programs. But will it work in a Republican primary?
Yes, it will. It may not decide the nomination, but it will certainly help Trump. The reason is that Republican voters are willing to cut lots of programs, but not Medicare or Social Security. And they’re strongly inclined to vote on this issue, even in a primary.
Mathematically, this isn’t a close call. In polls, more than three-quarters of Republicans consistently oppose any talk of “reducing benefits” or “cutting” Medicare or Social Security. Only 6 percent of Republicans say their generation should get less money from Medicare and Social Security than previous generations did; 49 percent say they should get more. That’s well above the 36 percent who say they should get the same benefits as previous generations….
WHAT WOULD HAPPEN in a Republican primary if one candidate called for fiscal responsibility and another rejected this as an attack on Medicare and Social Security? We don’t have to guess, because this scenario has been tested. The Fox News poll from March asked: “Which is more important to you? Reducing the federal budget deficit [or] continuing to fund entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare at their current levels?” By a 21-point margin—59 to 38 percent—Republican respondents chose to protect Social Security and Medicare.
A similar question, posed last month by Echelon Insights, projected a blowout. The survey asked Republicans and Republican leaners to choose between two statements. One was: “When balancing the federal budget, cuts to any and all programs should be considered.” The other was: “No matter what, cuts to Social Security and Medicare should not be considered when balancing the federal budget.” By a 50-point margin (72 to 22 percent), respondents ruled out cuts to those two programs. Even the youngest Republicans and leaners—those aged 18 to 29—rejected any cuts to Medicare or Social Security by a margin of more than 20 points…
First, if Trump can make the 2024 Republican primaries a referendum on entitlements—and if he can persuade Republican voters that DeSantis is a threat to those entitlements—Trump will win.
Second, if Trump loses the primary—and if Republicans instead nominate DeSantis or some other candidate who has a record of supporting changes to Medicare or Social Security—Democrats will attack that candidate the same way Trump has attacked DeSantis. They’ll accuse the Republican nominee of trying to push grandma off a cliff. And they’ll quote Trump’s own words to that effect….
The above piece correctly points out….
Trump just has deliver a small slice of Republicans for Democrats to repeat the 2020/2022 election results in their favor….
House Speaker McCarthy and Oversight guy Jordan seem to not know WTF is going on, or are just too stupid to realize that with almost every utterance ?
They are actually helping the 2024 Democrats win votes…..
image… Mark Wilson/Getty
My Name Is Jack says
Yeah that’s it, Trump is going to become a Democrat!
How damn dumb.
Trump rhetoric is meaningless as everyone ( except you apparently) knows.
What he says today may mean nothing tomorrow.
NO it’s NOT meaningless…..
As U point out….
The lemmings WILL follow him ALL the Way….
No need for Biden to engage these two…
let’m do the heavy lifting for him so he can roll the winner….
I just saw a Trump commercial on CNN slamming DeSantis on Social Security and Medicare…..
My Name Is Jack says
Why do you find that surprising?
Trump has ALWAYS held that position and was quite outspoken about it in 2016 and 2020.
From the jump as a New York GOPer Trump has NOT embraced extreme Conservative policy…They have bent for him….
He seems to have a bit of a problem on abortion….
Yes…As i have pointed out….
He does get in touch with his Democratic Side from time to time….
Seems kinda weird
My Name Is Jack says
What’s “weird” about it?
Or particularly “ Democratic” about it.
For sure ,at various times ,some Republicans will rather vaguely mention “ entitlement reform.” ( see DeSantis) However ,rare is the Republican who will actually advocate any specific action to accomplish such.
Indeed ,you constantly mention here that such has no chance of enactment .Entitlement reform ,if it is to come ,will ,by necessity , be a bipartisan effort.
The only thing “ weird” here is your insinuation that Trump attacking DeSantis on the issue is particularly noteworthy when as I have shown is not surprising at all.