Trump’s Populist Last Stand

by Susan Crabtree
Real Clear Politics

President Trump is going out the way he came in. Nearly four years after starting his term with a series of fractious pronouncements, the disrupter-in-chief has no problem creating last-minute chaos for his own party leaders, especially those he believes have been fair-weathered friends.

Trump’s threat to veto a $900 billion COVID stimulus package on the grounds that the $600 payments to individuals was too paltry was ostensibly a plea for more generous government help for average Americans after an incredibly painful year. But it also seemed aimed at creating havoc for top Republicans on Trump’s way out the door.

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