Trump slams reconciliation deal, touts endorsements at rally while taking jabs at Republican foes

Former President Trump used his Friday night rally in Waukesha, Wisconsin, to slam Democrats' sweeping climate, tax and health care packages while touting his track record of recent supports.
While Trump was in the Badger State to promote several of his supported candidates ahead of the Aug. 9 primary, including gubernatorial candidate Tim Michels (R) and Adam Steen, who was running in the 63rd Assembly District race against Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R), competed. , the former president used the rally to smack his opponents.
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"The Radical Democrats now intend to push through the largest tax hike in American history, the exact opposite of what I did," Trump said, referring to the reconciliation agreement. “And they are working feverishly to enact more regulation at a level never seen before. They will have regulations like no one has seen before.”
He checked the name of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and claimed he was "picked up" by Sen. Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.), who made a surprise announcement with Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N .Y.) last week that they had reached an agreement on climate, healthcare and tax reforms.
"Joe Manchin totally sold out West Virginia, what he did to this state is a disgrace. And I told that broken old crow, Mitch McConnell, that this was going to happen," Trump said.
Manchin appeared to be pouring cold water on prospects for an agreement in early July after data was released showing annual inflation at 9 percent.
When the deal was announced after the Senate, with the support of the GOP, passed legislation to boost domestic semiconductor production and fund scientific research, some Republicans expressed frustration with the deal, saying they had blocked the Chips and Science Act, if they had known Democrats would go ahead with tax and climate provisions in a transitional package.
Manchin claimed that he and Schumer did not mislead their colleagues.
The former president pointed to the recent successes of Arizona nominees Kari Lake (R) in the GOP gubernatorial primary and Blake Masters in the Republican Senate primary.
He also mentioned Michigan gubernatorial candidate Tudor Dixon (R) and former Department of Housing and Urban Development official John Gibbs (R), who will represent Rep. Peter Meijjer (R-Mich.), one of 10 House Republicans, defeated Trump, who had voted to impeach.
Trump named Michels, who will face former Lt. gov. Rebecca Kleefisch (R) starts, an "incredible success story" and praised his construction company.
He called Steen - a candidate he endorsed as part of a larger vendetta against Republicans he believes crossed him after the election and the Capitol riot - a "true patriot." Vos, Steen's opponent, drew Trump's ire after refusing to overturn the 2020 election.
As Trump delivered a few jabs at Cloverfish, he also seemed to subtly hit back at those who supported her, including former Vice President Pence.
“Tim's primary opponent is Rebecca Kleesfisch, a career politician and political insider. I've known her for a long time. She's the hand-picked candidate of the failed establishment, the RINOs...the Washington swamp, and she's running a campaign of untruths and lies,” he claimed, using the acronym for “Republican in name only.”
The former president even waded into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) trip to Taiwan, one of several stops she made on her trip to East Asia amid rising tensions between China and the self-governing island, and asked why she was going to travel to Taiwan.
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Tim Michael
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Joe Manchin
US Senator from West Virginia
Chuck Schumer
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Robin Vos
American politician and businessman
Mitch McConnell
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