We've always known that Republicans do not truly care about the federal deficit or the national debt beyond their ability to use it as a wedge against progressive spending policies, but just a few words from Trump can drive home just how self-centered and selfish his generation of Republicans are.
The Daily Beast reports that Trump's advisers have tried to convince him that he should do something about our national debt, but Trump has explicitly told them he doesn't care because he won't be around to see it when shit hits the fan.
The friction came to a head in early 2017 when senior officials offered Trump charts and graphics laying out the numbers and showing a “hockey stick” spike in the national debt in the not-too-distant future. In response, Trump noted that the data suggested the debt would reach a critical mass only after his possible second term in office.
“Yeah, but I won’t be here,” the president bluntly said, according to a source who was in the room when Trump made this comment during discussions on the debt.
Trump was referring to his eventual departure from the White House, but the truth is conservatives of his age literally won't be around to see the end result of some of their worst policies of the last 30 years. And debt could be least of our worries.
Trump and his generation of conservatives also "won't be here" to see the environmental catastrophe they're leaving behind for their grandchildren. And even if the world survives climate change, it will come at a tremendous cost their grandchildren will also have to bear.
The idea that you shouldn't vote for "people who want you dead" also applies here. Don't vote for people who want your children and grandchildren dead.