Senator Bernie Sanders has gained quite the following over the last year and a half. In that time, he has become a highly respected politician, as well as star of the biggest underdog story in the history of politics. So when Sanders spoke out against Donald Trump today, his message went viral in a very big way.
President-elect Trump said countless times that he would not touch Social Security after being called out for saying the program, that keeps millions of Americans from homelessness, was a drain on the economy.
Alex Lawson is the Executive Director of Social Security Works. He says this about Trump’s actions regarding Social Security:
“It is really clear: Donald Trump would 100 percent go along with the Republican donor class position of cutting Social Security. He openly says he will lie to the people about it because he knows that the people are against it.”
“In his eyes the ‘moral’ thing to do is to steal people’s hard-earned benefits and not talk about it.”
Liberals like Bernie Sanders have railed hard against Trump’s dangerous assumptions about Social Security. Now that Trump has nominated Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) as the head of Health and Human Services, we can safely say that his intentions with Social Security are insidious. Price is well-known for his stance on Social Security, and is reported as being “dedicated to killing Social Security.”
Sanders said this about the president-elect:
“Donald Trump asked workers and seniors to vote for him because he was the only Republican candidate who would not cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid – programs that are of life-and-death importance for millions of Americans. Now, he has nominated a person for secretary of Health and Human Services, Rep. Tom Price, who has a long history of wanting to do exactly the opposite of what Trump campaigned on. Rep. Price has a long history of wanting to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. What hypocrisy! Mr. Trump needs to tell the American people that what he said during the campaign were just lies, or else appoint an HHS secretary who will protect these programs and do what Trump said he would do.”
Sanders has a point. If Donald Trump were planning on keeping Social Security as it is now, he would not have appointed Tom Price to head the HHS. This is a president that has to be watched closely because we’ve already seen how secretive he can be in business. We can’t rely on the president-elect to keep any promises made, and for once, it has nothing to do with him being Republican.