Washington Post editor Bob Woodward, who is supposed to be a neutral arbiter of the truth, showed his bias against President Trump and congressional Republicans’ economic leadership Thursday morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe.
In the wake of GM’s plan to close five plants and cut some 14,000 jobs in North America, Woodward blamed Republican tax cuts, rather than GM’s failure to compete with Japanese and other car manufacturers in the small car market (as Holman W. Jenkins, Jr. from The Wall Street Journal describes — GM has failed to excel in smaller cars and is more competitive in larger cars and is growing that product line).
“I think the important word here is ‘incoherence,’” Woodward said on “Morning Joe.” “He [Rep. Tim Ryan, the immediate prior guest] said ‘There’s no plan.’”
“None,” MSNBC’s Mika Brzezinski said..
“And if you parse this out and look at that tax cut, it’s a bunch of conservative Republicans and the former president of Goldman Sachs sitting around in Paul Ryan’s office having Italian buffet on Monday night,” Woodward continued. “You know, Joe [Scarborough], about how they cut tax deals, and this is all for corporations, it’s for the wealthy. The cut in the corporate tax rate, from 35 percent to 21 percent is a big deal. That’s permanent. Everyone — all individual tax cuts eventually expire. And so the theme — the worker, as the congressman points out, gets screwed, and supposedly this is Donald Trump’s base.”
“The workers in Youngstown, Ohio, across the industrial Midwest gets screwed, and what did Donald Trump do that night, Mika?” MSNBC host Joe Scarborough said in response to Woodward. “He flew down to Mar a Lago, he sat down with his billionaire friends, and he said, ‘I just made all of you a lot of money today.’”
“It’s like a bad movie,” Brzezinski said.