Jan. 17, 2018

Report: Trump Repeatedly Picks Plutocrats Over People

Public Citizen Details 101 Ways Donald Trump Has Forgotten the ‘Forgotten Men and Women’

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump repeatedly has violated his often-stated populist pledge to advocate for the American people, instead siding with plutocrats on issue after issue, according to a new Public Citizen report released today.

The report, “Forgetting the Forgotten,” lists 101 ways in which Trump has handed over our government to giant corporations and Republican megadonors, rather than taking actions that would benefit everyone else. This pattern comes after Trump’s claim in his postelection victory speech and inaugural address nearly one year ago that “the forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer.”

More recently, Trump told the truth about which interests he actually represents. After signing tax cuts for big corporations and the wealthy in December, Trump told his guests, “You all just got a lot richer,” at a holiday dinner at his Mar-a-Lago club in Florida, where the initiation fee is $200,000.

The Public Citizen report details dozens of deregulatory moves and giveaways the Trump administration has enacted on behalf of the superrich – from protecting hedge fund owners to rolling back consumer and worker safety protections, from going soft on corporate crime to coddling Big Oil and Wall Street.

“Candidate Trump said he would end corruption, cronyism and corporate insider dealmaking,” said Robert Weissman, president of Public Citizen. “But President Trump has handed over control of the government to corporate interests. After a year in office, racing our country to oligarchy is one of the defining features of his presidency. You can literally count the ways.”

View the report and a video here.