On a radio station in Wisconsin this morning, just after Walker endorsed Cruz, Donald Trump attacked Scott Walker for NOT raising taxes in Wisconsin. Yes I said for ‘not’ raising taxes.
Not only that, but he repeats the 2 billion dollar deficit lie he was called out on just yesterday for using against Scott Walker last year:
THE GUARDIAN – Donald Trump attacked Wisconsin governor Scott Walker for failing to raise taxes in order to properly fund schools and roads on Tuesday, in a startling new break from rightwing orthodoxy from the Republican frontrunner.
…In a radio interview with talkshow host Michael Koolidge on Tuesday, Trump bashed Walker’s administration.
“There’s a $2.2bn deficit and the schools were going begging and everything was going begging because he didn’t want to raise taxes ’cause he was going to run for president,” said Trump. “So instead of raising taxes, he cut back on schools, he cut back on highways, he cut back on a lot of things.”
Trump also added of the Badger State in general: “Wisconsin has a lot of problems, plus there is tremendous hatred … I wouldn’t exactly say that things are running smoothly.”
And Trump expects people to believe he’s really a conservative? Unbelievable.
Here’s the interview from yesterday where Charlie Sykes called out Trump on the 2 billion dollar deficit lie. It starts at 6:10. Trump claimed that he got it from Time magazine but refused to be held accountable for it even though he attacked Walker with it last year (and even today!):
Mixing apples and oranges, Trump said that under Walker, Wisconsin “projected a $1 billion (budget) surplus and it turns out to be a deficit of $2.2 billion.”
There was in early 2014 a projection of a $1 billion surplus heading into the 2015-’17 budget period. Late in 2014, there was a projection of a $2.2 billion shortfall — the difference between expected revenues and the amount of money being requested by state agencies. But the shortfall was never a deficit — and some of the surplus was consciously spent by Republicans, as tax cuts.
For a statement that contains only an element of truth and ignores critical facts that would give a different impression, our rating is Mostly False.
Trump is once again using Democrat lies to attack Walker and Cruz.
But hey, he just happens to be a different kind of conservative, one who loves raising taxes and using Democrat lies and tactics to attack his opponents.