A plan aimed at the middle class, however, could have complemented Trump’s populist line on immigration and trade, wrong-footed the Democrats, and allowed him to claim he had a three-pronged approach to raising wages and living standards. In short, it would have made him a much more formidable candidate.
The problem was that moving in that direction would have singled that Trump was a genuine populist insurrectionary, rather than a cosseted billionaire who plays one on television.
In less than three days, Trump went from publicly non-endorsing Paul Ryan to kowtowing to his tax plan, reading it (poorly) off of a teleprompter like a hostage crisis script. It should be fun to watch Trump’s supporters flip-flop with him.