President Donald Trump went to Ohio on Monday to promote Republicans’ once-in-a-generation rewrite of the tax code, but he used his meandering 47-minute speech there to air his ever-growing list of grievances.
In between testimonials from Ohioans about the benefits of the tax reform law, Trump went way off script, unleashing a series of complaints about Democrats’ chilly reaction to his recent State of the Union speech (“Can we call that treason? Why not?”), Hillary Clinton’s use of the term “deplorable” to describe his supporters in 2016 (“It was not a good day for her”), and his contention that U.S. officials within his own government are working against him (“We caught ‘em!”).
Throughout Monday’s remarks, Trump returned to an issue that aides say is almost always on his mind: the upcoming midterms.
“We got to do well in ‘18, and I know we’re going to do great in ‘20,” Trump said in the speech at Sheffer Corp. in Blue Ash, a suburb north of Cincinnati. “But I think we’re going to do well in ‘18. I think we’re going to do very well. They have gone left. They want to raise your taxes.”
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