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Trump White House Archived. President Trump Meets with the Prime Minister of the Netherlands President Donald J. Trump, joined by the Prime Minister of the Netherlands Mark Rutte, participates Thursday, July 18, 2019, in the presentation of a WW II flag flown aboard a landing craft during the D-Day invasion at Normandy in 1944, presented to officials of the Smithsonian Institute during a ceremony in the East Room of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Shealah Craighead). Public domain

By David Gornoski, The American Conservative, June 23, 2024

David Gornoski is a writer and host of the news podcast A Neighbor’s Choice (listen here), which has been described as “an apocalyptic Mr. Roger’s for adults.” He covers politics, culture, anthropology, health, and science.

Even Thomas Massie is a fan.

Striding through his moment as the general public—including young voters and minorities—begins to reassess him as a “trans-partisan” outlaw pop icon due to  his increasing legal defeats, the former President Donald Trump returned to Capitol Hill to rally and mend fences with Republicans in Congress.

One of the proposals he reportedly floated in his meetings with them generated quite a bit of excitement online—repeal the income tax and replace it with tariffs. The potential crossover appeal with populists and libertarian-minded swing voters was illustrated by the enthusiasm of the stalwart libertarian Rep. Thomas Massie’s (R-KY), who called the proposal “most intriguing.” That Massie, a primary supporter of Florida’s Gov. Ron DeSantis and vocal opponent of Trump’s pandemic spending, and Trump’s more protectionist supporters could find energetic common ground around such an idea demonstrates the galvanizing potential such a bold tax policy revolution could provide. …

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