Trump Turns His Back on Arizonans – Again

In response to Donald Trump backing out of a campaign event in Arizona, DNC Rapid Response Director Alex Floyd released the following statement: 

“Donald Trump doesn’t want to talk to voters in Arizona, and it’s no wonder why: He failed them time and again throughout his four years in office, including opening the door to a cruel near-total abortion ban and trying to rip away health care, Social Security, and Medicaid from hardworking families.  Trump can try to hide from Arizonans, but there’s no hiding from his extreme and unpopular agenda.”

When Trump’s hand-picked Supreme Court justices overturned Roe v. Wade, Arizona Republicans’ abortion ban immediately went into effect – and now they are attempting to reinstate a near-total abortion ban from the 1860s.

Wall Street Journal: “The state Supreme Court is set to hear arguments on Tuesday about whether to allow a near-total abortion ban dating back to 1864 to take effect.”

The Guardian: “Arizona court weighs 1864 abortion ban that risks ‘conditions of misery’”

“In the months after the US supreme court overturned Roe v Wade, abortion flickered in and out of legality in Arizona as state courts attempted to interpret a long-dormant 19th-century abortion ban that was suddenly relevant again.”

Arizona Mirror: “In June 2022, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, eliminating the constitutional right to abortion and giving the ability to restrict or outright ban the procedure back to the states. Just two months before that landmark decision, Arizona Republicans, who hold a majority in the state legislature, had approved a 15-week ban in anticipation of the federal court’s ruling. Without the protection of Roe, the ban was upheld as lawful where before it might have been struck down via a constitutional challenge.”

Trump: “For 54 years they were trying to get Roe v. Wade terminated, and I did it, and I’m proud to have done it. … Nobody else was going to get that done but me, and we did it, and we did something that was a miracle.”

Trump: “After 50 years of failure, with nobody coming even close, I was able to kill Roe v. Wade, much to the ‘shock’ of everyone … Without me there would be no 6 weeks, 10 weeks, 15 weeks, or whatever is finally agreed to. Without me the pro Life movement would have just kept losing. Thank you President TRUMP!!!”

Rolling Stone: “Trump Claims Credit for All Abortion Bans”

Donald Trump is hellbent on getting rid of the Affordable Care Act – which could result in hundreds of thousands of Arizonans losing their health care coverage. 

Urban Institute: The number of people uninsured in Arizona would increase by 297,000 if the ACA ceased to exist.

KFF: Nearly 2.4 million people in Arizona enrolled in Medicaid under the ACA Expansion Program.

Daily Beast: “Trump Revives Plan to Dismantle Obamacare if Elected in 2024”

NBC News: “Trump doubles down, saying ‘Obamacare Sucks’ and must be replaced”

The Messenger: “Former President Donald Trump said he is ‘seriously looking at alternatives’ to Obamacare in a new post on his social media platform Truth Social. He also called it a ‘low point for the Republican Party’ that lawmakers failed to ‘terminate’ the health insurance program established by the Affordable Care Act. According to the latest figures this year, more than 40 million Americans rely on the program for those who can’t afford private plans.”

Trump: “The cost of Obamacare is out of control, plus, it’s not good Healthcare. I’m seriously looking at alternatives. We had a couple of Republican Senators who campaigned for 6 years against it, and then raised their hands not to terminate it. It was a low point for the Republican Party, but we should never give up!”

Trump owns his extreme record of proposing cuts in every single one of his budgets to Social Security programs that Arizonans rely on.

AARP: “Nearly one in five Arizona residents – 1,468,715 million people – receive Social Security benefits, and 45 percent of residents 65 and older rely on the program for at least half of their income.”

KFF: 140,421 people in Arizona are SSDI beneficiaries.

Washington Post: “His avowed stance, however, is at odds with Trump’s own record as president: Each of his White House budget proposals included cuts to Social Security and Medicare programs.”

Vox: “Trump said he wouldn’t cut Medicaid, Social Security, and Medicare. His 2020 budget cuts all 3.”

Trump’s FY18, FY19, FY20, and FY21 budgets each proposed billions of dollars in cuts to Social Security programs.

Trump repeatedly proposed billions in cuts to Medicaid – even though it provides health coverage for one in five Arizonans.

In his FY18, FY19, FY20, and FY21 budgets, Trump repeatedly proposed hundreds of billions in cuts to Medicaid.

KFF: 21% of Arizona’s population is covered by Medicaid/CHIP.

KFF: Five of every nine nursing home residents in Arizona are covered by Medicaid.

Trump’s MAGAnomics tax scam – which he wants to double down on – rigged the economy for the ultra-wealthy and big corporations at the expense of Arizona’s middle class.

Washington Post: “Behind closed doors, Trump eyes second round of corporate tax cuts”

“Nonpartisan estimates have found that Trump’s tax cut added more than $2 trillion to the federal debt. In 2018, the richest 20 percent of taxpayers saw an average of $7,600 in savings from the 2017 tax law, compared with just $930 in savings for middle-income households, according to the Tax Policy Center, a nonpartisan think tank. Making the tax cuts permanent would cost $3 trillion, the center said in 2022. More than 60 percent of the benefits would go to the richest 20 percent of Americans, and more than 40 percent of the benefits to those earning above $400,000 annually.”

Washington Post: “Trump and his advisers have discussed deeper cuts to both individual and corporate tax rates that would build on his controversial 2017 tax law … Further cutting corporate taxes, which would primarily benefit large firms.”

Bloomberg: “[Trump] intends to center his economic plans on extending and deepening the Republican tax cuts from 2017.”

Vanity Fair: “Donald Trump Wants to Give His Favorite Corporations Another Giant Tax Cut in a Second Term: Report”