President Donald Trump tweeted Thursday that Republicans “are taking on the working people of our country” and that it’s an insult to “the working class.”
The president made the comments in a tweet that was widely seen as an attack on Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.
Va., the top Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee.
The president is a supporter of the American Health Care Act, a bill to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law, which would repeal key provisions of the 2010 Affordable Care Act and replace it with a plan similar to the Senate GOP bill.
The tweet was retweeted by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who has criticized Trump for his health care bill and also criticized the tax legislation.
“Trump tweeted that it was ‘an insulting to the worker,'” Graham said on CNN.
“The president tweeted, ‘we’re taking on a powerful group of working class Americans.’
And he’s making an insult about the working man, the working middle class.”GOP Sen. Richard Burr, the chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, also criticized Trump on Twitter, writing, “Trump tweeted his ‘working class’ is an insult.”
Burr, who has been an outspoken critic of Trump during the president’s campaign, said the president is “misusing” the word.
“The working class is not ‘working’ for Trump,” Burr said on Twitter.
“It is the most privileged group in our society.
The working class doesn’t have to work for Trump.”
Republicans have long accused Democrats of playing on the fears of working people in order to appeal to the American public.
In 2014, Trump criticized the “lazy, lazy” working class and called the “rich and powerful” a “cult of personality.”GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump speaks during a campaign event at a supermarket in New York City on March 22, 2020.
Donald Trump’s administration has made sweeping changes to the tax code, including a doubling of the standard deduction and the elimination of personal exemptions.