What’s the source of David Perdue’s avid support of Trump?

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In his speech to the state Republican convention in Augusta over the weekend, U.S. Sen. David Perdue issued a full-on, enthusiastic embrace of Donald Trump and everything that Trump stands for, to the point of pulling out Trump’s trademark “Make America Great Again” ball cap and donning it as the high point of his remarks.

“He’s complaining about the very people that we complain about!” an animated Perdue told the crowd, predicting a potential Trump landslide. “The politicians, bureaucrats, the media! He’s saying what you and I say at home when Fox News is on there, when we’re throwing our socks at the TV! He’s saying what we feel!”

Of course, we all know what Trump has been saying. In the week leading up to Perdue’s speech, Trump had been saying that a U.S. federal judge born and raised in Indiana should not be allowed to oversee fraud lawsuits filed against him in California. Why? Because, Trump said repeatedly, the judge was of Mexican descent, the son of immigrants who came to this country 80 or 90 years ago.

Speaking to Georgia Republicans, Perdue showed no sign of being troubled by such comments. Only later, up in Washington, did he decide that it was necessary to issue a condemnation.

“It’s a terrible, terrible statement. Let’s not minimize the statement,” Perdue told the press, complaining that the controversy was detracting from necessary policy discussions. “It’s not representative I think of him or his campaign or the Republican Party and I hope we’ll see that corrected.”

This controversy aside, I see no sign that policy discussions will have much place in the upcoming presidential campaign, but for old times sake, let’s pretend. In Perdue’s Augusta speech, he told the crowd that he backed Trump because the GOP nominee would help solve the national debt, a cause that Perdue has adopted as his signature issue and treats as profound, immediate threat to our nation’s future.
I find Perdue’s claim very curious, because any honest look at the policies publicly advocated by Trump would lead you to conclude that he would hasten rather than reverse the nation’s slide into debt.

For example, Trump has proposed a tax-reduction plan that the conservative Tax Foundation estimates would add another $12 trillion to the national debt, on top of the $9 trillion increase already projected over the next decade. (And yes, most of that $12 trillion would benefit those already wealthy.) How can someone who claims to view the national debt as an existential threat to our country then embrace a candidate who is promising to make it much much worse?

Either Perdue’s supposed concern about the debt is false, or he really doesn’t understand what he’s talking about.

In his speech, Perdue also railed against New Deal and Great Society social programs, assigning to them “most of the responsibility for this financial catastrophe we have today.” He called them a total failure, alleging that after spending trillions of dollars, “the poverty rate in the United States is exactly the same as it was in 1965, when they signed the Great Society and started the War on Poverty.”

That’s untrue for two reasons, one relatively minor and technical, the other critically important.

In 1965, the poverty rate was 17.3 percent. In 2014, the most recent year for which we have data, it was 14.8 percent. Given job growth since 2014, that latter number has probably declined even more. So no, they are nowhere near “exactly the same.”

Second, and far more important, the official poverty rate is calculated without considering the impact of programs such as the Earned Income Tax Credit, which helps elevate 30 million working households out of poverty. It doesn’t account for the the impact of Medicaid, which helps tens of millions of poor and working American households get medical attention. It doesn’t include food stamps, free or reduced school lunches, college loans or housing assistance.

It also doesn’t include Medicare, which keeps tens of millions of senior citizens alive and out of poverty. When the benefits of such programs are included, the New Deal and War on Poverty programs have succeeded in cutting the real poverty rate in this country by 75 to 80 percent, experts estimate, and by some estimates perhaps even to zero. That is real progress in improving the lives of American citizens.

But back to Trump and the deficit. While Perdue rails about the expense of New Deal and Great Society programs, suggesting that they are the villain in our debt crisis, his hero Trump has already made it clear that he opposes Republican plans to slash Social Security, Medicaid and Medicare, and in fact may expand them in some areas. In short, Trump proposes to dramatically cut government revenue AND maintain the current safety net and also significantly expand spending on the military.

So where does this alleged debt reduction come into the picture? What is the rational foundation for Perdue’s claim? And lacking such a foundation, what is the true source of Perdue’s avid enthusiasm for a President Trump?

I mean, beyond “He’s saying what we feel!”

 

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jayatl1
jayatl1

Senator Perdue and Governor Deal should watch the interview with Wolf Blitzer and Mitt Romney in the situation room June 10 and then explain to the citizens of Georgia how you can support Donald Trump.  What great insight by Mitt Romney!

jerryeads
jerryeads

Some of us old white guys work hard to be not bigots. Anybody who wants that crazy (insert preferred interfamilial sexual referent here) as president can't not be. I'm also amazed at the women who still say they'll vote for him. How little they must think of themselves.

Jeff Guthrie
Jeff Guthrie

Perdue, like Trump, erroneously believes that experience in business qualifies as political expertise.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

Somebody should tell David that experience in business does not necessarily qualify him for having "political expertise;" however, being a former Community Organizer sure as H does!

lvg
lvg

Yeah screwing the little guy and the public is invaluable if you are a con going into politics.

Jeff Guthrie
Jeff Guthrie

"Either Perdue’s supposed concern about the debt is false, or he really doesn’t understand what he’s talking about." Actually it's probably both.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

All he has to do is to take lessons from the gratest economic brain on earth: Barrack Hussein bin Obama---Voila! Problem solved!

RamonMendoza
RamonMendoza

@MichaelHannigan Politics 101: When you have no defense for what your guy has done, make fun of the other guy! Works every time!

Tommy Jones
Tommy Jones

Trump is not an anomaly. He is the result of the GOP pandering to ignorant bigots in order to get them to vote for the trickle down economics scam. They created him by going after the votes of resentful bigots.

Fl0ydLiberal
Fl0ydLiberal

Perdue, whose cousin gave him name recognition, now aspires to bigger coat tails.

lvg
lvg

@NWGAL Name Perdue  means dufus and professional  thief to me.

Darrell Stephens
Darrell Stephens

I knew when White Republicans outside of Metro-Atlanta and the means the rest of the state voted him into office he would be a mistake for the citizens of Georgia. Trump initially said Mexican just going only by his sir name and those like David Perdue trying clean up his racist remark by Monday morning quarterbacking for Republicans save face. Trump a loud mouth bigot a real loose canon we don't him in the White house.

Jackalope
Jackalope

Good question Jay. I've been asking the same question about you for years. Why would Jay Bookman be such a perpetual boot-licker for Obama? Never have figured it out.

QuestionMan
QuestionMan

Could it be that David Perdue is just dumb? A successful businessman, but still just dumb?

Ross Olivia
Ross Olivia

the explanation is simple, Perdue is a closeted RACIST ...and in Trump's bigoted rethoric he sees the light...

James McCallion
James McCallion

He has some balls ! Not like others of the Republican Party!

lvg
lvg

WOW! Jay just woke up and  saw that  we have a Trump clone or wose as our Senator-racist to the core. Trump and Perdue both think Judges can be treated like dogs if their ethnicity and affilliations do not match their racist beliefs. Just ask Dax Lopex in Dekalb Superior Court - A Republican  appointee who got the boot from Perdue for being Hispanic. 

Perdue is only interested in one thing- enriching the 1%. 

OriginalProf
OriginalProf

@lvg 

Was the real "problem" with Dax Lopex that he is Hispanic or that he's Jewish?

Tim Chadd Sr.
Tim Chadd Sr.

David Perdue is a mistake - Rednecks get what they pay for.

Kevin Gilliam
Kevin Gilliam

He wants a government job while simultaneously complaining about government....

Paula Buckner
Paula Buckner

No real surprise here... backbone is missing on republicans who refuse to refudiate his vitriol.

Apickett
Apickett

Birds of a feather......

Mr_Snarky
Mr_Snarky

It's easy. He's a POS opportunist...a pandering establishmentarian posing as an outsider.

Pat James
Pat James

So he agrees with a racist ? Also the real villains who are responsible for our debt are war and too many tax breaks for rich people!

Pat James
Pat James

No I haven't! I don't watch Fox news or any other cable station!

Tommy Jones
Tommy Jones

Oh the irony of this Jason kid calling someone ELSE "misinformed".

Letters Sänger
Letters Sänger

“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,” said Judge Sotomayor,

Kerry Hill
Kerry Hill

You reaching but hey Donald dump does the same

Tommy Jones
Tommy Jones

Poor little guy can't tell the difference between someone having a rich experience vs someone having Hispanic heritage. It must suck to be stupid enough to not be able to see through The Don's Con.

Deed-Yay Sänger
Deed-Yay Sänger

So a European "white" male with the richness of his experience would more often reach a better conclusion than an African American female who hasn't lived that life would not be racist is what you are saying?

Barry Pendry
Barry Pendry

I can tell you exactly what it is...he’s sucking up...He wants to be part of a Trump administration....he’s actually just another low life Georgia republican.

Michael Fobbus
Michael Fobbus

Barry is exactly right. That is the Perdue mantra to suck up rather than work for something.

0.401860331729
0.401860331729

“Why they can't just leave?”

People who've never been abused often wonder why a person wouldn’t just leave an abusive relationship. They don’t understand that leaving can be more complicated than it seems.

Leaving is often the most dangerous time for a victim of abuse, because abuse is about power and control. When a victim leaves, they are taking control and threatening the abusive partner’s power, which could cause the abusive partner to retaliate in even more destructive ways.

Aside from this danger, there are many reasons why people stay in abusive relationships.

Oops ....Sorry my Republican friends, wrong topic......

I thought the topic was about the excuses abused spouses give for remaining in an abusive relationships! My bad.

Bill OrvisWhite
Bill OrvisWhite

All of this being written while WE THE PEOPLE (Tea Party Republicans/those with Common Sense only, all others ought to be deported) have been witnessing over $21T in ObamaDebt rise faster than a Hardee's biscuit over all of these 7-plus past years. The Honorable U.S. Senator David Perdue is like millions of patriots out there who care about what He leaves His grandchildren. Bill was listening to Mister Hannity yesterday and He said something profound: We are screwed. What? Yes, we are finished because of the $21T of ObamaDebt combined with what this once-free nation owe Communist China. Throw the end of the Culture of Life, sabotaging The Surge, raising taxes and regulations, not passing religious freedom bills, America is not what she used to be.  Inside the Beltway Washington elites have sold our grandchildren down the river and for that, folk like Bill, Senator Perdue and millions of others weep at night just knowing that The American Dream was stolen almost eight years ago. Now, there is hope that we will get our once-free nation back. Mister Trump inspires while Hillary barely excites. Why was it so hard for Hillary to get to this point? If Hillary was worth 10 percent of the salt that 'she' thinks 'she's' worth, Bernie would have been finished months ago. Amen, Bill 

RoadScholar
RoadScholar

@Bill OrvisWhite "The Honorable U.S. Senator David Perdue is like millions of patriots out there who care about what He leaves His grandchildren."


And they deny climate change is occurring...

Bill OrvisWhite
Bill OrvisWhite

@RoadScholar @Bill OrvisWhite Climate change is a hoax created by socialist 'professors' and secular scientists who only wish to kill private sector job$ while expanding the Nanny/Welfare State. Amen, Bill 

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@RoadScholar @Bill OrvisWhite

Climate change? Are you referring to the atmospheric conditions when one moves from the Equator to Nome Alaska? That, empty-head is pure climate change...and, the ONLY climate change.

MichaelHannigan
MichaelHannigan

@Bill OrvisWhite @RoadScholar

Bill - try and get a liberal dullard to explain the Ice Age that happened 10,000 years ago and that we still have the effects of it today - worldwide ("glaciers"). they will give you any number of asinine answers - all of which, like Hitlery Clinton-PINOCCHIO have nothing of substance in them.

St Simons he-ne-ha
St Simons he-ne-ha

this is going to be the best 5 months in political blog history

there's not enough Elmer's in the world for this level of coming un-glued hahahahaha

JayBook
JayBook moderator

@St Simons he-ne-ha That's because you don't appreciate the sheer genius of the plan. It has three parts:


1.) Beat a gigantic herd of dead horses. Beat them beat them beat them. That part of the plan is already being carried out, as you've no doubt noticed from reading this blog.

2.) Gather the carcasses of those dead horses to make a vast quantity of glue.

3.) Use the glue to patch things back together almost as good as new.

MaryElizabethSings
MaryElizabethSings

Michael Hannigan is an offensive bully and sexist.  Beware.  He deserves no credibility here.  Ignore him.

Corey
Corey

Thomas Friedman's take:

Today’s G.O.P. is to governing what Trump University is to education — an ethically challenged enterprise that enriches and perpetuates itself by shedding all pretense of standing for real principles, or a truly relevant value proposition, and instead plays on the ignorance and fears of the public.

It is just an empty shell, selling pieces of itself to the highest bidders, — policy by policy — a little to the Tea Party over here, a little to Big Oil over there, a little to the gun lobby, to antitax zealots, to climate-change deniers. And before you know it, the party stands for an incoherent mess of ideas unrelated to any theory of where the world is going or how America actually becomes great again in the 21st century.

It becomes instead a coalition of men and women who sell pieces of their brand to whoever can most energize their base in order for them to get re-elected in order for them to sell more pieces of their brand in order to get re-elected.

 

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