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Former Economics Adviser Reveals Trump Lied About Medicaid

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Former Economics Adviser Reveals Trump Lied About Medicaid

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Reprinted with permission from MediaMatters.

Discredited right-wing economic pundit and former Trump campaign economic adviser Stephen Moore accidentally let slip that gutting the Medicaid program “was central” to President Donald Trump’s plan to repeal Obamacare, despite the president’s repeated assertions that he would not touch the program. The statement corroborates admissions Moore made at a private event last July, when he claimed that Trump would fund massive tax cuts and reckless spending by dismantling programs that provide basic living standards for millions of Americans.

During the May 8 edition of CNN Newsroom, Moore — CNN’s “senior economics analyst” — was joined by University of Chicago economist Austan Goolsbee to discuss the merits of billionaire businessman and philanthropist Warren Buffett’s argument that the Trump health care agenda amounts to little more than a tax cut for the rich funded by cuts to health care subsidies for low-income Americans. Goolsbee pointed out that Trump’s health care legislation “cuts taxes for high-income people by hundreds of billions of dollars” at the expense of Medicare and Medicaid, which Trump promised “he would never cut.” Moore interjected falsely: “He never said that we weren’t going to reform Medicaid,” arguing, “That was central to our plan all along”:

Moore’s claim was debunked on air by co-hosts John Berman and Poppy Harlow, as well as Goolsbee, who cited Trump’s tweets and public statements as proof that he had broken his promise to protect Medicaid. Reporters who tuned in for the performance also noted Moore’s false statement. Moore accepted Berman’s correction before quickly pivoting to talking points extolling the virtues of converting Medicaid to block grants, which would also amount to a massive benefit cut for recipients.

Moore’s secondary claim that gutting Medicaid was “central to our plan all along” drew little notice from the fact-checkers, but it sheds light on Trump’s real agenda. According to a September 7 article from HuffPost political reporter Christina Wilkie, Moore had outlined Trump’s often contradictory economic plans during a “question-and-answer session” at a private July 14 meeting of the conservative Council for National Policy (CNP) in Cleveland, OH. During the event, Moore suggested that Trump planned to pay for his costly economic agenda by removing supposedly onerous public protections imposed by the federal government and enacting “draconian public assistance reforms and cuts in social services.” Since taking office, Trump has proposed a budget and health care agenda that would fulfill those promises. As the article noted, Moore’s zeal for tearing down anti-poverty programs, including Medicaid, seems to undermine Trump’s claim that he would focus on “looking out for the downtrodden.” It also confirms that imposing this harsh agenda — and lying about it — was indeed “central to” the Trump team’s economic plan “all along.”




  1. Aaron_of_Portsmouth May 8, 2017

    Looks like Moore has the same “Foot-in-Mouth” disease that Trump has. That’s a contagion easily spread when in the company of Donald, and Moore just confirmed what Donald is known to do—Namely, just tell his audience anything in order to advance himself, whether it be a lie or just selective amnesia on the facts.
    The GOP is all about a Zero-Sum philosophical outlook, and so Donald fits right into this framework. The concept of empathy, altruism, compassion, consideration, and the like, are wholly foreign themes and virtues in TrumpLand.

  2. Lynda Groom May 8, 2017

    Trump lied to his base voters. Oh please Mr. Brown tell me it isn’t so!

    1. Independent1 May 8, 2017

      Why am I not surprised that Trump constantly surrounded himself during his campaign, and even now in his cabinet and judicial appointments, with pathological liars just about as adept at lying as himself. (I’m not sure there’s very many people alive today that could surpass Donald’s lying 91% of the time. Most people would have to work at that but Donald lies as if he were telling the truth. He’s too mentally retarded to even notice the difference.)

      1. Eleanore Whitaker May 9, 2017

        Actually, Trump doesn’t choose to surround himself with pathological liars. He surrounds himself with anyone he deems weak enough to lie for HIM.

        The world outside of the US hears Trump’s lies and wonders how or why we Americans allow him to remain in office.

        1. Independent1 May 9, 2017

          But he’s surrounding himself with Republicans and Today’s Republicans are by nature Pathological Liars.

          See this about Comey:

          Comey misstated key Clinton email evidence at hearing, say people close to investigation

          From Comey:

          In defending the probe, Comey offered seemingly new details to underscore the seriousness of the situation FBI agents faced last fall when they discovered thousands of Clinton aide Huma Abedin’s emailson the computer of her husband, Anthony Weiner. “Somehow,her emails were being forwarded to Anthony Weiner, including classified information,” Comey said, adding later, “His then-spouse Huma Abedin appears to have had a regular practice of forwarding emails to him for him I think to print out for her so she could then deliver them to the secretary of state.”


          Neither of those statements is accurate, said people close to the investigation. The inquiry found that Abedin did occasionally forward emails to her husband for printing, but it was a far smaller number than Comey described, and it wasn’t a “regular practice,” these people said.None of the forwarded emails were marked classified, but a small number — a handful, one person said — contained information that was later judged to contain classified information, these people said.

          Comey deliberately lied by intentionally fabricating reality. Just like with his describing Hillary’s handling of her emails.

          Being a Republican, Comey is a pathological liar.

          1. Eleanore Whitaker May 10, 2017

            As you probably already know, Comey is gone. But, not for the reasons Trump gave in his letter firing Comey. We all know that Trump is such an evil mentality that to hide his own guilt, he used the excuse he fired Comey due to his “handling of the Hillary Clinton emails” BS.

            What Trump wants now is the ultimate goal: To be the ONLY law in this country. That ought to scare the living hell out of all Americans.

            He is doing exactly what Putin does: Getting rid of anyone who gets too close to nailing his ass to the wall. This is proven by the fact that under sworn testimony on Monday, James Clapper testified that the FBI has an ongoing investigation into Trump and his campaign aides links to Russia.

            The minute his lying little gang of legal advisors heard that, he knew he had to put a stop to ALL investigations into the Russian interference in our 2016 election.

            What better way to do that than to fire Comey and take over the investigation by putting ONLY Trump people in charge so they can throw Hillary in jail..This is where it all goes wrong for Trump.

            In order to lodge ANY legal criminal accusation against Hillary, Trump or no Trump, he has to have PROOF. He has none. If the Republicans go along with his attempts to put her jail so she can’t possibly be a threat to his presidency he stole any longer, they are aiding and abetting high crimes and misdemeanors.

            And, it will NOT stop the investigations. Meddling in US elections is a very very very serious crime. It’s why you see all those signs posted outside polling places stating “NO Electioneering allowed under penalty of a federal criminal fine.”

          2. Independent1 May 10, 2017

            I agree completely. And maybe you’ve read the following article from the WaPo; but if not, see this:

            If Republicans don’t stand up to Trump on Russia, they’re helping him undermine our democracy

            On Tuesday afternoon, White House press secretary Sean Spicer brushed off questions about why it took so long for the White House to fire national security adviser Michael Flynn after learning, on Jan. 26, that he was vulnerable to Russian blackmail. Spicer blithely characterized the warning about Flynn as merely a “heads-up,” adding that he believed “the process worked.” Trump, noted Spicer, had merely delayed firing Flynn because he was reluctant to “smear a good man.”

            The questions arose after Monday’s judiciary subcommittee on crime and terrorism hearing that featured former acting attorney general Sally Yates and former director of national intelligence James Clapper. The pair testified principally about what the Trump administration knew about Flynn’s ties with Russia. Yates’s testimony, in particular, confirmed that the White House kept Flynn on for 18 days after she warned the White House that Flynn was at risk of being blackmailed by the Russians, because he had lied about his conversations with Russian Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak.

            Spicer’s remarks Tuesday are the latest in a persistent effort by the White House to employ a disinformation campaign to undercut the various ongoing investigations into Russia’s meddling in our election — and potential Trump campaign collusion with it. If Republicans don’t stand up to the White House on this, they will be responsible for helping him undermine public trust in the ultimate outcome of the probes.

            For much more, go here:


          3. Independent1 May 10, 2017

            And note what one right-wing alternate facts website is publishing as the ‘Simple explanation for Trump firing James Comey when he did.”

            The case for firing former FBI Director James Comey has been made at length by both Democrats and Republicans. Last July, Republicans were angry that he failed to indict Hillary Clinton, and Democrats were angry that he made a case for doing so.

            In October, Democrats were furious that Comey revealed that he had re-opened the investigation into Clinton, and in March, Republicans were angry that he disputed President Donald Trump’s wiretapping claims.

            Comey was, arguably, dealt an impossible hand by the Obama administration. Regardless, within the Department of Justice and beyond, Comey had — perhaps with good intentions — undermined his credibility, and that of the FBI.

            But why fire Comey now? The answer is simple. The day before, President Barack Obama’s former Director of National Intelligence James Clapper repeated, under oath, what he told NBC News’ Chuck Todd on Meet the Press on March 5 — that he had seen no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. That gave the Trump administration the breathing room to dismiss Comey — which it simply did not have before.

            It is true that Trump did not have an attorney general and assistant attorney general in place until relatively late, but he could have acted before then — though having their recommendation certainly adds weight to his decision.


          4. Eleanore Whitaker May 10, 2017

            The Republicans are about to fall into a huge Trump Trap. Firing Comey was just Trump next step to stopping investigations completely by instead demanding that the Hillary email BS be reopened to distract the public from Trump’s guilt.

            Trump is notorious for this kind of thing. Anyone who lives in the Metro Area has seen how he pulls out his victim card when he is the guiltiest one.

            Think about it. If Trump gets his way and he manages to haul Hillary into court, he then takes the focus off of his complicity with Putin and makes Hillary look like the criminal instead of him.

            His own words of the past year prove this. Every time he is guilty of making unfounded accusations such as the one about President Obama, he immediately lobs blame elsewhere like the coward he is.

            His habit of regurgitating lies and distortions is legend.

            This time, he may get Hillary into court, but there will be a judge and a jury and her own defense lawyers to demand Trump provide proof of his accusations.

            The end result just might get him impeached before the Russian investigations do.

          5. Independent1 May 10, 2017

            Do you think Clapper is now somehow beholden to Trump? How could he testify that he’s seen no evidence of collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government when the British claim that they provided their counterparts in America with evidence that the Trump campaign was in direct contact with the Russians on many instances??

            See this:

            British intelligence passed Trump associates’ communications with Russians on to US counterparts

            Washington (CNN)British and other European intelligence agencies intercepted communications between associates of Donald Trump and Russian officials and other Russian individuals during the campaign and passed on those communications to their US counterparts, US congressional and law enforcement and US and European intelligence sources tell CNN.

            The communications were captured during routine surveillance of Russian officials and other Russians known to western intelligence. British and European intelligence agencies, including GCHQ, the British intelligence agency responsible for communications surveillance, were not proactively targeting members of the Trump team but rather picked up these communications during what’s known as “incidental collection,” these sources tell CNN.

            The European intelligence agencies detected multiple communications over several months between the Trump associates and Russian individuals — and passed on that intelligence to the US. The US and Britain are part of the so-called “Five Eyes” agreement (along with Canada, Australia and New Zealand), which calls for open sharing among member nations of a broad range of intelligence.


            Do we have Clapper lying now in support of Trump?

          6. Eleanore Whitaker May 10, 2017

            Actually, James Clapper is probably one of the few Americans can trust.

            When he testified that he hadn’t seen evidence of collusion between Trump and Russia, the question that followed by Graham qualified and validated Clapper’s meaning.

            Graham then asked Clapper if “anyone” had seen any evidence of collusion. In essence, Graham was trying to trap Clapper into divulging what Clapper knew was FBI Intel evidence.

            That’s when Clapper said, “I can’t answer that question due to an ongoing FBI investigation.” Slam dunk. That was the single moment is US history when Donald Trump realized that Comey’s claims that there was no evidence of collusion and that there was NO FBI investigation was misleading.

            Again, it is the timeline of Trump’s questions to Comey that do Trump in. He asked Comey that before the FBI had the MI6 dossier.

    2. Aaron_of_Portsmouth May 8, 2017

      I am flabbergasted as well. How dare they impugn Trump’s spotless record of being truthful?? Such an upstanding God-fearing man like Trump, who would rather be hanged than tell a lie? I am standing beside myself with anger at this outrage!!
      Sorry for the melodrama–but the idiocy and duplicitous nature of Trump is a challenge to maintaining calm.

  3. Thoughtopsy May 8, 2017

    As someone else said: His “strategy” may look haphazard, random and full of flip flops from local to foreign affairs… but if you look at it through the lens of maximum personal enrichment you can clearly see what he is doing.

    The Trump Plan:
    1) Does it enrich me personally?
    – YES: Then DO IT, and lie constantly to ensure you stay in power.
    – NO: Then do whatever you feel like on any given day because it’s irrelevant, and lie constantly to ensure you stay in power.

    2) See (1)

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  4. Eleanore Whitaker May 9, 2017

    Trump lied about Medicaid? He lies lies lies lies…Once you face the fact that lying is HOW he does ALL of his business, you see why the banks in NY won’t loan him any money. You see why only the least desirable, least accomplished so called professionals work for him. You see why more and more often he ends up in trouble for money laundering, refusing to keep his hands off young girls and being a world class Grifter is all that matters to him.

    He has to lie. It’s the Republican way. When Prince Rience got HIS job, it was pure political patronage just like Sessions, Pruitt and Cruella de Vos, Erik Prince’s sister. Let’s all pretend that the $100 million Trump bragged in the 2nd debate he handed to the RNC was not a payoff for these jobs. So McConnell got in on that with a job for his wife. Prince’s sister gets a job too…and who are these people? Nobodies Trump loves to scrape out of the top rim of the swamp.

    Trump will not last out this year. His little “I didn’t know” games don’t work in government. He is the first to fire employees who make mistakes and then say they “didn’t know.”

    The more Trump lies, the deep the hole he is digging. Good thing too…He’s going to need a crater to fill up with those political patronage appointees, his snaky cabinet and that Grifter family of his.


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