Former Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear (D) will warn President Donald Trump on Tuesday that failing to keep his campaign promises would be a matter of “life and death” for many Americans.
“Folks here in Kentucky expect you to keep your word. Because this isn’t a game – it’s life and death for people,” Beshear, who is giving the Democratic response to Trump’s speech, will say, according to his prepared remarks.
He will specifically address Trump’s promise to repeal and replace Obamacare.
“So far, every Republican idea to “replace” the Affordable Care Act would reduce the number of Americans covered, despite promises to the contrary,” Beshear will say. “They’re our friends and neighbors.”
Beshear will also criticize Trump’s cabinet of “of billionaires and Wall Street insiders.”
“That’s not being our champion. That’s being Wall Street’s champion,” he will say.
He will also call Trump’s attacks on the media, intelligence agencies and other branches of government “reckless.”
“President Trump also needs to understand that people may disagree with him – but that doesn’t make them his enemies,” Beshear plans to say. “When the president attacks the loyalty and credibility of our intelligence agencies, the court system, the military, the free press and individual Americans – simply because he doesn’t like what they say – he is eroding our democracy.”