There has been a concerted effort in the media to paint President Donald Trump as an independent, or, at the very least, a vanguard Republican. This premise collapsed on Wednesday, however, when Trump tweeted the most Republican line of all time.
The Republican solution for every problem always involves cutting taxes, so it is only appropriate that Trump, the leader of the GOP, would propose tax cuts in the same breath as disaster relief.
According to a preliminary estimate from Moody's Analytics on Monday, Hurricane Harvey and Irma caused between $150 billion and $200 billion in damage to Texas and Florida. The unprecedented string of storms not only hampered infrastructure and utilities, it also destroyed homes, displacing thousands of people — some of whom do not have the proper insurance to repair their lives
Trump, whom The New York Times and the Associated Press recently called the "first independent" president, offered to aid those affected by the hurricanes by cutting taxes. Trump just signaled to the American people that if someone's home was wrecked by the storms, there is no need to worry. He will be providing tax cuts to the Trump Organization and other profitable businesses.
The tweet Wednesday demonstrated that Trump not only is a Republican through and through, he is a crude caricature of a Republican, whose only policy interest includes whatever helps the rich get richer.
The president has long proposed a flat, 15 percent tax on business profits. Economists have said that Trump's proposal will benefit shareholders and not American workers.