Catholic advocacy group to protest Trump tax law at Mar-a-Lago
The Catholic advocacy group, Nuns on the Bus, is planning to protest the GOP tax law outside of President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort right before the midterm elections.
The group announced on its website that it will be sending the nuns on a nationwide bus tour to “tell the truth about the Tax Policy and to hold elected officials accountable for their votes.”
The 27-day, 54-event tour will conclude with a stop at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Fla., in what the group is calling a “Fiesta for the Common Good.”
“We’re going on the road to hold members accountable for their votes,” Sister Simone Campbell, the executive director of the group and a member of the Sisters of Social Service, told HuffPost.
“When Republicans in Congress passed their tax plan into law last fall, we knew it was rooted in the fallacy of trickle-down economics. Now, we’ve seen the results of structuring tax policy to favor the biggest corporations and the wealthiest individuals in our nation.”
The group also said on its website that it will use the tour to “focus electoral energy on reasonable revenue for responsible programs.”
In addition to Trump, the tour is targeting a variety of vulnerable Republican lawmakers, according to HuffPost. The news outlet noted that the tour will protest specifically against vulnerable Reps. Carlos Curbelo (R-Fla.), Mike Coffman (R-Colo.) and Claudia Tenney (R-N.Y.).
Curbelo and Coffman both hail from districts that Hillary Clinton won against Trump in the 2016 election. Cook Political Report rates Tenney’s district as a toss-up.
The nuns also reportedly plan to lobby members of Congress and meet with social service agencies that handle budget cuts.
The tour comes about three months before a midterm election where Democrats are viewed as likely to flip the 23 seats they need to retake the House.
It also comes during a time in which the GOP tax law faces increasing scrutiny from economists and Democratic lawmakers.