Former President Donald Trump came out on Friday and condemned the bipartisan infrastructure deal, referring to it as a “carrot for a massive socialist expansion,” in a statement designed to apply serious pressure to Republicans in order to get them to pull out of the deal.
“The RINOs [Republicans in Name Only] in the Senate are delivering a big win by caving to the Radical Democrats on infrastructure. Once they pass this bill out of the Senate, it will sit in the House until they get steamrolled by the biggest government expansion in a generation,” Trump went on to say in a statement published by his political action committee, Save America. “Tax increases on everyone, government run health care, more government run schools, amnesty for illegal immigrants, MASKS, and many more terrible socialist programs.”
He added that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., “has said NO INFRASTRUCTURE until they get everything else.”
Trump then stated, “Why are RINOs so desperate to push bad, Radical Leftist policies? And at the same time give a big win to the Democrats. They will be forced to give up some of the incredible tax cuts gotten during the Trump Administration, one of its many hallmarks. This is bad legislation and politically irresponsible. The Democrats will use it to show they can get anything they want from the Republicans.”
The former president previously called Senate Republicans “weak, foolish and dumb” for agreeing to open debate on the infrastructure package, according to the New York Daily News.advertisement — content continues below
He later accused Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., of “giving Democrats everything they want and getting nothing in return,” adding, “No deal is better than a bad deal.”
The former president went on to say that, “under the weak leadership of Mitch McConnell, Senate Republicans continue to lose. He doesn’t fight.”
Republicans in the Senate who worked on the deal have said that there are no tax increases needed to pay for the package.
“We’ve made a lot of progress so far on an historic investment in our nation’s core infrastructure that will be fully paid for without raising taxes,” Sen. Todd Young, a Republican from Indiana, explained in a statement. “I look forward to continuing to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle as we sand and polish the final product.”