Senator Marco Rubio, a Florida Republican who has criticized President Donald Trump, said Friday that Democrats should not “fight for a trillion-dollar tax increase.”
Rubio, who has been an outspoken critic of Trump, called the GOP’s tax plan a “sad, sad day” in an interview with The Hill.
But he said Democrats should take a lesson from the 2016 presidential election and take a different approach in the future.
“I think that the president has to realize that, if he wants to win, he’s going to have to start having conversations with the American people.
It’s not enough just to say, ‘Hey, we’ll raise taxes,’ or, ‘Oh, by the way, we’re going to raise taxes on the wealthy,’ because that’s not going to get elected.
It will get elected because we’ve got a unified Democratic Party,” Rubio said.
“I think we’re in a good place right now.”
Rubino said Democrats have to recognize that they’re going into the 2018 midterm elections “as the Democrats who were the party of Wall Street and of the big corporations and the big insurance companies.”
Democrats have been calling for a massive tax increase and other reforms for years, including a minimum wage increase, an overhaul of the corporate tax code, a more robust Medicare and Medicaid programs, and other issues.
They’ve been trying to score legislative victories, particularly in states like Florida, where the GOP has held sway.