New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said on Thursday that the Republican tax plan amounts to "economic civil war", targeting blue states via state and local tax deduction caps.
"This tax provision hits the blue states by eliminating the state and local tax deductibility and uses that money to finance the tax cut in the red states," Cuomo said on CNN's "New Day."
Cuomo said the move to eliminate the state and local tax deduction "put a dagger in the heart of New York and California," and that the Republicans leading Congress basically said, "Let's pillage the blue to give to the red."
Cuomo also blasted Republicans for pulling a "bait and switch" by peddling the bill as something other than a boon for the wealthy and corporate classes:
"They sold it as 'we're going to help the middle class,' " Cuomo said. "It wound up being a benefit for the rich and the rich corporations."