Why did President Trump ask Republican members of Congress to stop negotiating until after the election for stimulus relief? Is he making a reason to vote Republican in November?
Answered by: Alex Denethorn,British, but heavily interested in US Politics
Actually, it struck me as more of a threat than a reason to vote Republican.
"I have instructed my representatives to stop negotiating until after the election when, immediately after I win, we will pass a major Stimulus Bill that focuses on hardworking Americans and Small Business,"
So what happens if he doesn’t win?
Bear in mind: this is right on the heels of new polling that has Donald Trump a full 16 points behind Joe Biden in a new CNN/SSRS poll. Worse than that, as CNN were quick to report, only 10% of voters have not yet made up their minds who to vote for. When you combine one statistic with the other… things aren’t looking good for Trump.
So, put bluntly, Trump stepping away from the negotiations and making that remark about “immediately after I win” is really along the lines of “Nice country. It’d be a shame if something happened to it.”
Vote for Trump, you’ll get a stimulus package. Don’t vote for Trump, and you’ll get nothing until the end of January at the earliest, when President Biden is sworn in, and the new Congress is seated and prepared to legislate.
I suspect Trump is betting on the reality that many poorer Americans simply won’t last that long, and that they’ll vote for him out of desperation to see some support from the federal government while the impact of Covid-19 on the US economy (heavily exacerbated by this same administration’s mismanagement) is still being felt across the country.
Rather shows where his priorities are. It’s not about governing, or doing what’s right for the American people: all Trump cares about is being re-elected.