The editorial board of The Wall Street Journal issued a stark warning to both President Donald Trump and Republicans, cautioning that if Congress writes $2,000 checks to Americans struggling from the pandemic, Democrats will win the senate majority.
The Wall Street Journal editorial board published an opinion piece Monday night that accused Trump of “lashing out” at everyone who hasn’t supported his futile campaign to overturn President-elect Joe Biden‘s election winâ€”even senate Republicans. The WSJ board bluntly stated that congressional Republicans should “thank Mr. Trump” if they lose both seats in the upcoming January 5 Georgia senate elections. The traditionally conservative editorial board said Trump’s support of $2,000 direct payments to Americans alongside House Democrats is an “assist” that will “make Democrats the majority” in the senate.
The WSJ editorial board suggested Trump is punishing Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell by backing the $2,000 stimulus relief payments. The board said the move has cornered Georgia GOP senators Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue as they face off against Democratic runoff challengers, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff for control of the U.S. senate.
“Senate Republicans oppose the $2,000 for these sound reasons, but Mr. Trump has put them in a political spot,” the Journal editorial board wrote Monday. “Mr. Trump’s narcissism isn’t news. But if Republicans lose the two Georgia seats and their majority, Republicans across the country should know to thank Mr. Trump for their 2021 tax increase.”
The WSJ editorial board ridiculed the idea of $2,000 direct payments, writing it “won’t benefit the economy since recipients aren’t going to change their behavior knowing it’s merely a one-time check.”
The Wall Street Journal, which is among the country’s top three most circulated daily newspapers, echoed the criticisms of many Republicans who staunchly oppose $2,000 or even $600 direct payments to everyday U.S. residents. The board wrote that the direct relief money “would go to tens of millions of Americans who have kept their jobs during the pandemic.”
Reiterating the criticism of even some moderate Senate Democrats like West Virginia’s Joe Manchin, the board warned that a direct payment to Americans will continue to bloat the country’s massive federal deficit by $350 billion additional dollars. Manchin, considered to be among the senate’s most conservative Democratic members, cautioned Trump about supporting $2,000 checks.
“I would remind the president that under President Trump’s watch, we have added more debt at a faster pace than ever since World War II we have never done this. People need to know that,” Manchin told WDTV on December 24.
But many economists say that Trump and the GOP-backed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 was the primary driver of the country’s debt increase during the first three years of his tenure in the White House. The country’s debt had already increased by more than $23 trillion by January, two months before the coronavirus pandemic took hold of the U.S. economy. When Trump took office, the national debt was at $19.95 trillion, but that increased by more than $6.78 trillion to $26.73 trillion by August of this year.
“By all accounts, Mr. Trump is angry about his election defeat, and he is lashing out at anyone who won’t indulge his hopeless campaign to overturn it,” the WSJ editorial board continued. “This includes Senate Republicans, who need to win in Georgia to retain their majority and block Mr. Biden’s ability to indulge the Democratic left.”
Newsweek reached out to Manchin and the White House for additional remarks Tuesday afternoon but did not receive replies before publication.