During Donald Trump’s interview on Rockford’s(Illinois) 1440 WROK Tuesday with host Michael Koolidge Trump went after Speaker of the House Paul Ryan over Ryan’s entitlement reform plans using nearly every liberal, left-wing smear used when Ryan was chairman of the House budget committee and attacked the Republican Party as wanting to cut entitlements substantially.
Trump also said he would make Social Security much better, and then ruled out doing anything ever proposed that would do that, and then offered no solutions of his own.
Koolidge asked Trump about entitlement reform and reducing the nations debt and deficit considering Ryan has been out front on the issue for years and Trump would be speaking later in the day in Ryan’s hometown of Janesville. Trump said:
Paul, who I like a lot…he’s a really nice guy but I disagree with him on this.
Paul wants to knock out Social Security, knock it down, wants to knock Medicare way down.
Number one your going to lose the election if you do that. I want to keep it. These people have been making payments their whole lives. I want to keep Social Security intact. I want to get rid of the waste, fraud, and abuse. I want to do a lot of things to it that are going to make it much better actually. I’m not going to cut it, I’m not going to raise ages or the other things they want to do, but they want to cut it in a very substantially the Republicans and I’m not going to do that.”
Trump on entitlements starts at 8:40
I happen to know a thing or three about Paul Ryan’s entitlement reform plans, I studied one of them in particular in detail, and I can tell you that at no time has Paul Ryan suggested or offered that Social Security or Medicare be “knocked out”. What Ryan has proposed in one for or another is to keep the entitlement programs as they are for people over a certain age, 55 for example, those that age and above, and certainly those all ready getting their benefits would see no change whatsoever. Those who are younger get options, get choices, get personalized control over what those programs, Social Security and Medicare, would look like for them.
Trumpertantrums blatant use of liberal claptrap about Paul Ryan and entitlement reform isn’t going to help Trump win over voters for April 5th Wisconsin primary, especially on a radio station that can be heard in Janesville.
Then again it doesn’t seem like Trump wants to win Wisconsin, for not only did he go after Paul Ryan during this interview he attacked Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker minutes later for having not raised taxes.