Since releasing a budget plan that would slash funding for programs that support the arts, the poor, and the elderly, President Donald Trump and the White House have received no shortage of backlash — especially as the president and his wife continue to cost taxpayers millions with his weekly getaways to Mar-a-Lago, and Melania’s refusal to live in the White House.
On Friday, in an attempt to show off support for a budget plan that simply doesn’t exist, the White House mistakenly cited a satirical column sarcastically praising the plan in its weekly newsletter of compiled Trump-approved news clips. Published by the Washington Post, the humor piece “Trump’s budget makes perfect sense and will fix America, and I will tell you why” by columnist Alexandra Petri reads a lot like a press release written by Trump himself, boasting in no uncertain terms how much stronger, bigger, and better Trump’s budget plan would make America.
If anyone had taken the time to read the contents of the piece before sharing it in an attempt to portray the despised budget plan as popular, they would have found immediately that it was a work of satire making fun of Trump’s arrogance and just how void his budget is of any common sense.
Here’s an excerpt:
This budget will make America a lean, mean fighting machine with bulging, rippling muscles and not an ounce of fat. America has been weak and soft for too long. BUT HOW WILL I SURVIVE ON THIS BUDGET? you may be wondering. I AM A HUMAN CHILD, NOT A COSTLY FIGHTER JET. You may not survive, but that is because you are SOFT and WEAK, something this budget is designed to eliminate…
AMERICA WILL BE STRONGER THAN IT HAS EVER BEEN! Anyone who survives will be a gun covered in the fur of a rare mammal, capable of fighting disease with a single muscular flex. RAW POWER! HARD RAW POWER GRRRRRR HISSS POW!
The vast majority of media have condemned the plan as not only unethical, but outright cruel to America’s most vulnerable demographics.
The budget plan stirred up controversy earlier this week when it was announced that it would slash funding for block grants used by states to fund Meals on Wheels programs, which provides meals to 2.4 million senior citizens and 500,000 veterans.
— Leigh Topp (@ToppTeach) March 16, 2017
Community Development Block Grants cost a total of $3 billion in 2017, while Meals on Wheels claims that it saves the country an estimated $34 billion every year in healthcare costs. That’s more than President Trump, who costs taxpayers $3 million with every weekend trip (he’s taken five since his inauguration) to Mar-a-Lago, and First Lady Melania, who will cost taxpayers roughly $53 million annually to continue living in New York with secret service protection, can say.