In part two of WDTLAY’s fact checking of Trump’s economics speech on Monday, we dig into a claim that he has been making a lot lately: Hillary Clinton will raise taxes on the middle class. She even “accidentally” told the truth and said as much. Trump made some big claims in the speech:
“Recently, at a campaign event, Hillary Clinton short-circuited again – to use a now famous term – when she accidentally told the truth and said she wanted to raise taxes on the middle class. I am proposing an across-the-board income tax reduction, especially for middle-income Americans. This will lead to millions of new good-paying jobs.
When Trump says she “short circuited” he is referring to a rally in Omaha where it sort of sounds like Hillary Clinton says “they are going to raise taxes on the middle class.”
Except of course she doesn’t say that. She swallows the “t” at the end of “aren’t,” but it clearly sounds like she is saying “aren’t” to me. Polifact hired a linguistics expert, who said that according to his analysis she definitely said the “n” even if she didn’t really say the “t” at the end.
But unlike Donald Trump’s platform, Clinton’s tax plan is clear that the $1.3 trillion in tax hikes would affect the nation’s most wealthy citizens, and the plan says several times that taxes levied on the middle class would not rise.
Check back tomorrow as we examine in more detail how Donald Trump’s tax plan is a boon for the super rich.
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