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Trump Has A ‘Social Security’ Problem

Donald Trump is being attacked – from the right – over his stance on Social Security, which the former president has vowed to leave untouched.

President of the United States Donald Trump speaking with attendees at the 2019 Student Action Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. Image Credit: Creative Commons.
President of the United States Donald Trump speaking with attendees at the 2019 Student Action Summit hosted by Turning Point USA at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Florida.

Donald Trump is being attacked – from the right – over his stance on Social Security, which the former president has vowed to leave untouched.

Club for Growth, a conservative organization focusing on economic issues (see draconian), aired a new ad targeting Trump a few months back.

As was reported at the time a few months ago: “The ad, first shared with CBS News, is from [Club for Growth’s] issue advocacy wing and is a five-digit buy that will air Saturday and Sunday on the CW channel in the D.C. market,” CBS reported.

Why the CW channel? Because CW aired a LIV golf tournament, which happens to be hosted on Trump’s Washington D.C. golf course.

The ad goes after Trump on Social Security

The new ad criticized Trump’s take on Social Security – by comparing Trump’s take to President Joe Biden’s.

“Both have said they won’t touch it, even though the Social Security trust fund is projected to run out of money in the next decade if nothing is done to extend it.”

The ad referenced a report, from the Social Security trust fund trustee board, “that says benefits for seniors could be slashed by 23% after 2033, if the trust fund is depleted.”

Employing a golf-pun to coincide with the golf tournament, the ad’s narrator says: “With Donald Trump, it’s par for the course. Another plan that cheats people out of what they earned.”

If the new ad is any indication, entitlement programs are going to be a hot topic throughout the GOP primary. “Entitlement reforms, and where politicians stand on the issue, have become a frequent topic for the field of declared and aspiring Republican presidential contenders,” CBS reported.

Trump himself, despite suggesting in the past that he would consider axing entitlement programs, has recently vowed to leave the programs undisturbed. “Under no circumstances should Republicans vote to cut a single penny from Medicare or Social Security,” Trump said in March.

Trump has even weaponized entitlement programs, attacking Florida Governor (and number one GOP challenger) Ron DeSantis who voted as a congressman to raise the retirement age and spoke of “restructuring” Social Security “in a way that’s going to be financially sustainable.”

Trump, speaking about DeSantis from the campaign trail, said “he wanted to decimate [entitlements] and voted against it three times. I will not be cutting Medicare and I will not be cutting Social Security.”

Where the candidates stand on Social Security

While Trump has promised not to touch entitlements (take that promise with a grain of salt), the other GOP candidates have signaled a willingness to make changes. DeSantis of course has voted for raising the retirement age. Meanwhile, former Vice President Mike Pence has said that raising the retirement age “certainly should be on the table” but that changes shouldn’t be made to anyone over 40.

Then, there’s former UN Ambassador Nikki Haley who believes entitlements should be reformed for younger generations, namely raising the retirement age. So, to clarify, Nikki Haley and Mike Pence are all for preserving entitlements for their own generation but for modifying entitlements for my generation.

Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. By Gage Skidmore.

Donald Trump speaking with supporters at a campaign rally at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona.

I’ll tell you what, maybe I’m being simplistic, self-centered, and short-sighted – but that tact isn’t going to win my vote. Not a chance.

Harrison Kass is the Senior Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, Harrison joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison holds a BA from Lake Forest College, a JD from the University of Oregon, and an MA from New York University. Harrison listens to Dokken.

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Harrison Kass is a Senior Defense Editor at 19FortyFive. An attorney, pilot, guitarist, and minor pro hockey player, he joined the US Air Force as a Pilot Trainee but was medically discharged. Harrison has degrees from Lake Forest College, the University of Oregon School of Law, and New York University’s Graduate School of Arts & Sciences. He lives in Oregon and regularly listens to Dokken.

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