President Trump kicked off his sales pitch on tax reform Wednesday by attacking Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) in a speech delivered in her home state of Missouri.
“We must lower our taxes and your senator, Claire McCaskill, she must do this for you, and if she doesn’t, you have to vote her out of office,” Trump told a cheering crowd at a manufacturing facility in Springfield.
“You can’t do this anymore with the obstruction and the obstructionists,” Trump added.
Trump calls on Missouri audience to vote Claire McCaskill out of office if she doesn't support tax reform pic.twitter.com/yPBXS9PspK
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Trump delivered his speech just hours after Tropical Storm Harvey made its second landfall just west of Cameron, Louisiana, bringing with it torrential rain and catastrophic flooding along the Texas and Louisiana Gulf coast.
The death toll rose to 23 Wednesday as floodwaters continued to rise in Beaumont and Port Arthur, Texas. Overall, some 18,000 people have been rescued from the flooding in southeast Texas. Both totals are expected to climb over the coming days.
Trump opened his tax rally by acknowledging the unfolding crisis in the Gulf region.
“To those Americans who have lost loved ones, all of America is grieving with you and our hearts are joined with yours forever,” Trump said, reading from a teleprompter.
MSNBC, Fox News and CNN interrupted their 24/7 storm coverage to deliver Trump’s tax reform speech.
MSNBC’s Chyron read: “TRUMP TALKS TAXES AS GULF DEATH TOLL CLIMBS TO 19.”
WATCH: Navy helicopter rescues man from high water in Beaumont, Texas https://t.co/tWDdY6uTiU
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) August 30, 2017
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