With less than 60 days until Election Day, Donald Trump thought it would be a good idea to pretend he cares about America’s children.
Joined by daughter Ivanka in Pennsylvania, that’s just what Trump did when he rolled out what he calls his child care plan.
During the speech, though, he dropped yet another whopper about Hillary Clinton, saying, “My opponent has no childcare plan.”
Fact check: False.
Clinton, who seems to be recovering well from her bout of pneumonia, quicky shot back with this tweet:
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 14, 2016
Clinton’s ambitious plan would make preschool universal for four-year-olds and ensure families don’t have to pay more than 10 percent of their income on quality child care.
As the Washington Post noted, “Considering that some people spend more on child care than rent, such a price shift would significantly ease the financial strain for families nationwide.”
The Democratic nominee also proposed giving those in the child care workforce a raise.
As the Clinton plan – which has been around for months – explains: “Despite the high cost of child care, too many workers are not receiving a living wage, which fuels turnover and undermines the quality of care—and also causes many of those caring for and educating our children to live in poverty themselves.”
This doesn’t just help children receive better care, but it also helps those who provide that care.
Donald Trump, on the other hand, has offered a plan that, like most other Republican proposals, would benefit the wealthy more than the middle class, as this tweet from Igor Volsky, deputy director of the Center for American Progress, points out:
TRUMP CLAIM: Hillary has no child care plan.
TRUTH: Hillary does have one and here is how it compares to his! pic.twitter.com/YxMp00NiMO
— igorvolsky (@igorvolsky) September 14, 2016
Not only did Trump lie about Clinton’s very real child care plan, but he offered one of his own that doesn’t come close to what Clinton has been proposing for months.
And let us not forget what Trump has said in the past about children: “I mean, I won’t do anything to take care of them. I’ll supply funds and she’ll take care of the kids. It’s not like I’m gonna be walking the kids down Central Park.”
Nice try, Donald, but nobody’s buying your sudden interest in child care.
Sean Colarossi currently resides in Cleveland, Ohio. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and was an organizing fellow for both of President Obama’s presidential campaigns. He also worked with Planned Parenthood as an Affordable Care Act Outreach Organizer in 2014, helping northeast Ohio residents obtain health insurance coverage.