Seniors Beware: Trump Open to Entitlement Cuts

January 22, 2020
For Immediate Release

FDP Chair Rizzo Tells Florida Seniors to Beware: Trump Says He Open to Medicare and Social Security Cuts “Toward End of the Year”

In an interview, Donald Trump declared he would consider cutting Medicare and Social Security if he wins a
second term, saying that it would be the “easiest of all things.” Cutting Medicare would have devastating consequences in the Sunshine State — 21% of Florida’s population uses Medicare. This is Trump’s latest broken promise to Florida voters: at a rally in Panama City in 2016, he claimed that he represented a “vote to protect Medicare and Social Security.”

In response, Terrie Rizzo, Florida Democratic Party Executive Director, released the following statement:

“Once again, Trump makes it clear that Florida voters cannot trust him when it comes to protecting their healthcare. Trump has reminded seniors exactly what is at stake if he wins a second term: your Social Security and Medicare.”


Promise: “Believe me, we’re going to protect our Medicare. We’re going to protect our Social Security.” “A vote for Trump, is a vote for America first. It’s a vote to protect Medicare and social security. Believe me, we’re going to protect our Medicare. We’re going to protect our social security.” [Trump Campaign Rally, Panama City, FL, 10/11/16]

Promise: “We’re Going To Save Your Social Security Without All The Cutting And The Changes That These People Are Talking About.” [Trump Campaign Rally, Boca Raton, FL, 3/13/16]

Reality: Trump proposed slashing billions from Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid in his 2020 budget.