COLUMBUS — The Ohio Democratic Party released the following statement from Chairman David Pepper in response to Donald Trump’s executive action that threatens Social Security:
“Nearly 85 years after President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Social Security Act into law, Donald Trump is jeopardizing the Medicare and Social Security trust funds with a desperate stunt that won’t boost the economy, won’t help workers or small businesses and could hurt seniors.
“When he was on the campaign trail, Trump claimed he wouldn’t cut Medicare and Social Security. But over the past three years, Trump has proposed and supported cutting both programs. In January, Trump suggested cutting Social Security and Medicare was ‘the easiest of all things’ — as if these programs aren’t benefits that Americans have earned over decades of work. Senate Republicans who have discussed it with the president say he calls it a ‘second-term project.’ That makes it clear what’s at stake in 2020 — if Trump wins a second term, he will slash Medicare and Social Security.
“The president keeps making promises to the people of Ohio. Time and time again, he keeps breaking those promises, and everyday Ohioans — like the nearly 2.4 million Ohioans who rely on Social Security — are paying the price.”
In June 2016 at a speech in St. Clairsville, Ohio, Trump said, “We’re going to save our Social Security. We’re going to save our Medicare. Others want to cut. We’re going to save so much.”
Since he’s been in office, Trump has proposed and supported cutting Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. Trump’s last budget proposal cut Social Security programs by $26 billion and slashed funding for the Social Security Administration, which helps retirees and people with disabilities get the support they need and have earned.