Trump Thinks He Can Fool Voters by Mentioning a Middle-Class Tax Cut
January 24, 2020
Words mean nothing if you don’t intend to follow through. Trump has repeatedly misled Americans with false promises to cut taxes for the middle class. Time and time again, he hasn’t followed through for them. Now, ahead of the 2020 election, Trump is playing the same game. \
In 2016, Trump campaigned on a promise to provide tax cuts for working people. Instead, he passed a tax law that overwhelmingly benefits the wealthiest Americans.
Trump: “The tax relief will be concentrated on the working and middle-class taxpayer. They will receive the biggest benefit, and it won’t even be close… This is a working- and middle-class tax relief proposal.”
Vox: “By 2027, more than half of all Americans — 53 percent — would pay more in taxes under the tax bill agreed to by House and Senate Republicans, a new analysis by the Tax Policy Center finds. That year, 82.8 percent of the bill’s benefit would go to the top 1 percent, up from 62.1 under the Senate bill.”
In 2018, Trump made a similar empty promise: he’d give a 10% tax cut to the middle class after the midterm election. That was also a lie.
Trump: “We’re putting in a resolution sometime in the next week or week-and-a-half, two weeks. We’re giving a middle-income tax reduction of about 10 percent. We’re doing it now for middle-income people.”
Trump: “We won’t have time to do the vote [before the election].‘We’ll do the vote after the election.”
Vox: “Larry Kudlow, director of the National Economic Council under Trump, acknowledged any hope of a middle-class tax cut was dead on arrival in an interview with Politico’s Ben White published on Thursday… ‘I don’t think the chances of that are very high.’”
Now, Trump is trying to fleece Americans, for the third election cycle in a row, by once again promising the middle-class tax cut that he failed to deliver for the last three years.
Trump: “We’re talking a fairly substantial…middle-class tax cut that’ll be subject to taking back the House and obviously keeping the Senate and keeping the White House.”
Wall Street Journal: “The president said his administration is developing a middle-class tax cut that would go into effect if he keeps the presidency and Republicans control Congress. He declined to offer any details about the measure… The president said the administration is crafting it now and it will be unveiled in 90 days.”
Americans won’t be fooled.