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Opinion | Trump Offers Schumer an Help



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President Trump lastly signed the Covid-19 aid invoice and 2021 finances on Sunday evening, however not earlier than giving a giant help to Democratic hopes of gaining management of the Senate within the two runoff elections on Jan. 5. Present GOP Majority Chief Mitch McConnell is left this week attempting to undo the numerous political injury.

Mr. Trump had been insisting that Congress write checks of $2,000 every to most People, somewhat than the $600 within the invoice. His personal Treasury Secretary,

Steven Mnuchin,

negotiated the $600 determine. However after the invoice handed, Mr. Trump determined that wasn’t sufficient.

By no means thoughts that the $2,000 would go to tens of thousands and thousands of People who’ve stored their jobs and maintained their incomes through the pandemic. It might additionally add some $350 billion or extra to a federal deficit that’s already into the trillions of {dollars}. The economic system gained’t profit for the reason that recipients aren’t going to vary their conduct realizing it’s merely a one-time verify.

Senate Republicans oppose the $2,000 for these sound causes, however Mr. Trump has put them in a political spot. Democrats instantly joined Mr. Trump’s name for the $2,000, and on Monday they moved to move the bigger payouts via the Home, 275-134.

That leaves

Mr. McConnell

with a troublesome name of barring a vote as Democrats bang away in TV advertisements in Georgia in opposition to GOP incumbents

David Perdue

and

Kelly Loeffler.

Or he can maintain a vote, which might break up the GOP caucus and upset fiscally conservative voters. Both manner it quantities to a

Donald Trump

in-kind contribution to Minority Chief

Chuck Schumer

and

Joe Biden.

By all accounts Mr. Trump is indignant about his election defeat, and he’s lashing out at anybody who gained’t indulge his hopeless marketing campaign to overturn it. This consists of Senate Republicans, who have to win in Georgia to retain their majority and block Mr. Biden’s skill to indulge the Democratic left.

Mr. Trump’s narcissism isn’t information. But when Republicans lose the 2 Georgia seats and their majority, Republicans throughout the nation ought to know to thank Mr. Trump for his or her 2021 tax enhance.

Essential Road: Whereas Sens. Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue are the Republican candidates, nobody has a much bigger stake in maintaining the Senate pink than the president. Pictures: Getty Pictures Composite: Mark Kelly

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Appeared within the December 29, 2020, print version.

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