Perez, Dean: Trump Lied When He Promised Not to Cut Social Security and Medicare
August 10, 2020
On a DNC War Room press call today, Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez and former Governor Howard Dean discussed Trump’s latest threat to Social Security and Medicare funding. Trump has repeatedly promised not to cut Social Security or Medicare, but by signing his payroll tax suspension executive action, he is cutting off the main source of funding to these programs — breaking his promise to millions of seniors across the country.
The press call follows the release of a new video by the DNC War Room blasting Trump for lying about protecting Social Security and Medicare.
DNC Chair Tom Perez:
“Since the beginning of this administration, Donald Trump has broken promise after promise, from jobs to health care to immigration. One of his biggest broken promises was his assurance that he would defend Social Security and Medicare. We know now that that was another lie. Social Security and Medicare are the bedrock of the middle class. … As a former trustee of the Social Security and Medicare trust funds when I was the Secretary of Labor, I can speak with authority about the importance of the payroll tax deduction in funding the Medicare and Social Security trust fund. They are indispensable.
“Now, Trump is making this situation even worse by going after their retirement security, which he said earlier this year would be a priority in a second term. While he breaks yet another promise to American voters, Democrats are fighting to protect and expand Social Security, to make sure we protect Medicare, so that people can retire with dignity. We’re proud to be the party that created Social Security and championed Medicare and Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act, and we will continue to champion the economic dignity and retirement security every American deserves by electing Joe Biden, and his historic running mate.”
Former Governor Howard Dean:
“I want to know what John Cornyn thinks about this. I want to know what Cory Gardner thinks about this. I’d like to know what Susan Collins has to say about this. And I’d like to know what Thom Tillis has to say about this. I’d be very interested to see what the Kansas Republicans have to say about this and what Joni Ernst has to say about this, because they are guilty. Not one of them has had the nerve to stand up to Donald Trump’s chicanery and flim-flam nonsense the entire time Donald Trump has been president.
“So this is not just about Donald Trump. This is about trust in the American people, for the people to put the people into power who conceived of these programs and get the people out of power who will not stop trying to attack them. It’s just another cynical attack out of 50 years of cynical attacks on Social Security and Medicare. We’re not putting up with it, and I’m betting American seniors don’t put up with it.”