In a grassroots opposition to the new tax law, Bernie Sanders will join progressive groups this week in a nationwide campaign starting in Iowa and including Wisconsin and Michigan.
Sanders, an independent senator from Vermont, has been an outspoken critic of the Republican-backed tax law that passed in the House and Senate and was signed by Donald Trump in December. Leading up to the midterm elections, the “TrumpTax Tour” will take “direct aim at Trump-era Republicans’ signature achievement in those three key states,” according to CNN. Two of these states – Michigan and Wisconsin – were “instrumental in the President’s 2016 victory over Hillary Clinton.”
Sanders, who called the tax law “one of the worst pieces of legislation in the modern history of our country,” along with many other Democrats, are calling for a repeal.
The tax law cuts corporate rates and 62% of the tax benefits go to the top 1%, while middle-class Americans will pay more in taxes and government-funded programs will be slashed or cut.
“In other words, in order to give tax breaks to billionaires and to large, profitable corporation, they’re going to cut programs for the elderly, the children, working families of this country, and the poor,” Sanders said. “This legislation will go down in history as one of the worst, most unfair pieces of legislation ever passed. But I say to my Republican colleagues, as you saw on November 7, the American people are catching on.”
Sanders will start in Des Moines, Iowa on Feb. 23 before heading to Cedar Rapids and then lead several rallies the following two days in Green Bay, Wisconsin and Lansing, Michigan.