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NPR: Anti-Poverty Advocates Brace For How Trump Will Fill In Policy Blanks

December 2, 2016
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December 2, 2016

NPR's Pam Fessler talked with Mariana Chilton about the election and what she see's happening for policies impacting poverty.

Below is an excerpt of the article:

Poverty was one of the forgotten issues on the campaign trail this election season. Now, many who work with the nation's poor worry that it will be even more forgotten under a Trump administration and the new Republican Congress.

Mariana Chilton, who runs the Center for Hunger Free Communities at Drexel University, doesn't remember Donald Trump saying much about poor people during the presidential campaign, but she does remember a comment he made about a protester who was being removed from one of his rallies.

"You know it's amazing, I mention food stamps and that guy who's seriously overweight went crazy," Trump said, as the crowd cheered. "He went crazy."

Chilton thinks such comments by Trump have set a tone that will very likely spill over into his administration.

"What Trump has done is he's brought out a lot of vitriol about people of color, people living in poverty," she says. "And that kind of attitude will make it easier for the Republicans to cut health care benefits and food stamp benefits for the most vulnerable Americans."

She thinks that Congress will be under more pressure than usual to cut safety net spending — health care, housing assistance, welfare and food aid — to help pay for Trump's massive tax cut plans.


The full article can be read here


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