House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi did severe damage to Democrats when she referred to savings from the GOP tax plan as “crumbs,” according to President Trump, who compared the comment to Hillary Clinton’s infamous “deplorables” remark during the 2016 presidential election.
“The word ‘crumbs’ is going to be like the word deplorable, I think, for Hillary,” Trump told a roomful of millennials during an event at the White House, as he talked about starting “phase two” of Republican-led tax reform.
Pelosi’s comment that bonuses and tax savings resulting from the new tax law are “crumbs” for middle-class Americans has been widely used by Republican congressional candidates in the lead-up to this fall’s midterm elections. Most recently, Pelosi’s reference to tax savings was featured in a GOP attack ad against Democrat Conor Lamb in the special election for Pennsylvania’s 18th Congressional District, which Lamb later won.
Trump said the comment reminded him of the moment Clinton referred to his supporters as “a basket of deplorables,” a comment most supporters of then-candidate Trump began to wear as a badge of honor.
“When [Clinton] said the word, I was watching that speech. I thought it was not very nice, but I didn’t think it was that bad. And the next day, women are coming in, ‘I’m a deplorable.’ The husband: ‘I’m a deplorable.’ I said what’s going on?” Trump recalled.
Some Democrats have urged Pelosi, D-Calif., to stop using the term, and view it as low-hanging fruit for Republican critics who have sought to paint her as out of touch with the average American worker.
“I think she probably wouldn’t use that word again because they’re trying to use it against her to make it look like she’s insensitive,” progressive mega-donor Tom Steyer told California Democrats at their state convention last month.
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