New Bridge Project Trumpcare Ad Spotlights Trump Breaking His Promises

In advance of the House Trumpcare vote, Bridge Project is releasing a new digital ad that blasts Donald Trump for violating health care promises he made to the American people on the campaign trail.

This ad, “Was Anything He Said Not a Lie?” contrasts the assurances Donald Trump made to voters – that he would deliver better, cheaper health care for “everybody” – with the consensus among independent experts that Trumpcare would take health insurance away from tens of millions of Americans, as well as make health care costs spike for working and middle class families, seniors, and rural Americans.

The ad also highlights that many assessments show Trumpcare would disproportionately harm his own supporters – and shows Trump acknowledging this.

“Trumpcare betrays millions upon millions of vulnerable Americans that Donald Trump pledged he would help. This plan would kick millions off of their coverage – even more so than if Republicans simply repealed […]

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GOP Threatens Government Shutdown Rather Than Provide Clean Water & Flood Relief

American Bridge President Jessica Mackler released the following statement in response to this afternoon’s Senate votes:

“Republicans are threatening to shutdown the government rather than provide clean water to familiies in Flint, Michigan, or offer flood relief to Louisianans who lost their homes and belongings only weeks ago. The GOP continues to prove they can’t get the job done when they’re in charge, adding to the burden on American families in order to play politics with women’s health care. Americans are sick of the Trumpian bullying. There’s no chance of redemption for the vulnerable GOP senators as they attempt to fight for re-election after threating to close the government (again) and voting to hurt working families.”

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Trump Attacks Flint Pastor, Lies About Being Booed

This morning, Trump took to Fox and Friends to attack the Flint pastor who yesterday invited him to speak to her church congregation about the Flint water crisis:

She was so nervous, she was like a nervous mess.”

Trump, as is his custom, also found time in the interview to flat-out lie, claiming, “The audience was saying, ‘Let him speak, let him speak,’ the audience was so great” — a claim directly contradicted by an NPR reporter in the room at the time, who reports that the congregation was, in actuality, booing Trump.

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The Detroit News: Trump hits back: Flint pastor was a ‘nervous mess’

NPR: Trump Criticizes Flint Pastor — But Misstates Key Facts About Their Encounter

Washington Post: Trump calls Flint pastor ‘a nervous mess,’ accuses her of planning to interrupt him

New York Times: Donald Trump, Interrupted. He Calls […]

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Donald Trump just attacked the Flint pastor on Fox

Trump called into Fox and Friends and went after the Flint pastor who invited him to her African American church in Flint and chided him for giving a political speech during his visit.

Trump: “When she got up to introduce me she was so nervous, she was shaking. And I said ‘Wow this is sorta strange.’ And then, she came up. So she had that in mind, there was no question about it.”

More Trump: “She was so nervous. She was like a nervous mess. And so I figured something was up. Really.”

WATCH here:

For reference, here’s the Flint pastor yesterday reminding him: “Mr. Trump, I invited you here to thank us for what we’ve done in Flint, not to give a political speech.”

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What’s Trump Ever Done For Flint?

Trump did absolutely nothing last January when he had an opportunity to use his platform to draw attention to the Flint water crisis.

Asked about the crisis in January, Trump outright refused to so much as talk about it — offering neither heartfelt concerns nor optimistic prayers for the people of Flint, even as millions found themselves stranded without potable water. Even today, going on 350 days since Flint’s water was proclaimed unsafe, the deputy chief of the EPA’s emergency response branch has said it will likely be months before Flint’s residents can drink unfiltered tap water.

Throughout his life and career — from scamming victims with Trump University to skipping out on debts owed to Atlantic City small business owners — Trump’s consistently put himself first, no matter who has to pay the price, but his response to a question on the water crisis in January is just embarrassing:

“Well, it’s a shame what’s […]

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Trump’s Record Of Opposing American Jobs And Auto Rescue

Today in Michigan Donald Trump promised to bring back jobs to America. One look at Trump’s record, though, and the GOP nominee has actually wanted to destroy US jobs.

Trump opposed the auto rescue last August saying, “You could have let it go, and rebuilt itself, through the free enterprise system. You could have let it go bankrupt, frankly, and rebuilt itself, and a lot of people felt it should happen.” 1.5 million American–338,000 of those in Michigan–jobs were saved in the auto rescue–and Trump thinks those jobs should have been destroyed.

Donald Trump, with his dangerous temperament, is the last person we want holding any power over the levers of the economy. His disastrous economic policies and opposition to the auto rescue his would undoubtedly put the livelihoods of millions of Americans at risk.

Trump Is Bad For Michigan And The Auto Industry

Trump is bad for auto-workers and the auto industry:

In 2015, Trump told a Michigan crowd that “you would have wound […]

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Trump Dismissed The Auto Rescue: “You Could Have Let It Go Bankrupt”

In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Donald Trump just claimed, “I’m constantly talking about Michigan with the cars and what’s happening,” suggesting he’s been a supporter of the auto industry.

Surprise: Trump doesn’t support auto workers. Taking a page from Mitt “Let Detroit Go Bankrupt” Romney, Trump previously wasn’t so happy about the auto rescue:

You could have let it go, and rebuilt itself, through the free enterprise system. You could have let it go bankrupt, frankly, and rebuilt itself, and a lot of people felt it should happen.


Trump Told A Michigan Crowd That “You Would Have Wound Up In The Same Place” With Or Without Auto Bailout.  According to the Washington Post, “The speech they got only occasionally focused on the problems of Michigan, as when Trump paused to note that the companies he would strong-arm out of moving factories to Mexico would be better off building them nearby. Trump’s glancing […]

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Dear Koch Brothers: We Aren’t Going Anywhere

To: Friends and Allies
From: David Brock
Date: Friday, November 7, 2014
Re: Dear Koch Brothers: We Aren’t Going Anywhere

For six months, American Bridge has been working to show just what kind of world the Kochs are trying to create through in-depth research reports on their business practices, statements, and views.

We’re exposing just how self-serving and out of touch their worldview is with that of average Americans, and we know we’re making headway because of how the Kochs reacted to the scrutiny: the president of Americans for Prosperity, the Kochs’ political arm, accused us of engaging in “the politics of personal destruction” and not focusing on policy, which is clearly not the case – all of our attacks against the Kochs are based on their views on policy or their business practices. The Kochs’ PR folks are accusing reporters of getting research from us and telling them not to trust it because they say we’re running a smear campaign – but they fail to mention that what we’re saying is true. Koch Industries recently began running – for the first time ever – a positive PR campaign to build up their public image that we’re so successfully breaking down. And the Kochs created yet another dark money group – Freedom Partners Action Fund – to back Koch-approved candidates.

The work we did this cycle put their candidates on the defensive and caused them to spend precious time and resources denying their Koch connections. Terri Lynn Land in Michigan had to defend the Kochs’ terrible environmental record in her state. Scott Brown in New Hampshire was forced to address the fact that the out of state billionaires were funding his campaign. And Thom Tillis in North Carolina had to fight back against charges that he did whatever the Kochs told him to do so they’d help him win a Senate seat.

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Ain’t No Party Like A Shutdown Party: Your 2014 GOP

A year ago today was a dark day for Washington. Like, literally dark — the Republican Party turned off the lights to the federal government, holding the economy hostage to try to score political points. It didn’t work.

In fact, all the government shutdown did was suck $24 billion out of the US economy, while leaving the Republican Party deeply damaged. It’s easy to associate the shutdown with the likes of Ted Cruz, the man who drives the GOP strategy. But it’s not just Ted Cruz who supported the shutdown. It’s nearly every Republican Senate candidate in key races and a slew of 2016 frontrunners.

Their support manifested itself in different ways. Cory Gardner voted for the shutdown, risked default by voting against raising the debt ceiling, voted to prolong the shutdown, and then hobnobbed with Karl Rove and his big-money donor friends while America paid the price for his actions.

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Corroding the Classroom: Republican Gubernatorial Candidates’ Devastating Cuts to Education

In key gubernatorial races across the country, education funding has become a major issue — and that’s bad news for Republicans.

In 2010, a slew of GOP candidates rode a tea party wave to governorships, promising massive budget overhauls that would hand tax cuts to the wealthy and cut other programs to pay for them. Well they delivered on those promises, and one after the next gutted education funding as they reshaped their states in the tea party mold. Now they’re reaping what they’ve sown.

From Rick Scott and Scott Walker to Sam Brownback, Tom Corbett and more, Republican governors are getting slammed for slashing funds for schools, dealing a blow to their respective reelection bids, while prospective governors like Doug Ducey have promised to do the same. Locked in tight races, these Tea Party governors are floundering to explain their draconian cuts to concerned constituents by twisting numbers and distorting their records.

But there is no explaining away the truth: these governors put tax cuts for the wealthy and big corporations ahead of children’s education, and families in their states are paying the price.

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