Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi earned two Pinocchios from The Washington Post Tuesday, for comments she made about President Donald Trump’s tax law.
“Eighty-six million middle-class families will see a tax increase while they advertise it as a middle-class bill,” Pelosi claimed at a town hall in California on April 4, WaPo reported.
“Pelosi has been using this line for months and we have never gotten around to fact-checking it,” Glenn Kessler, a reporter for WaPo’s “Fact Checker” blog, wrote in an analysis. “But a reader saw this news report and wondered if it could possibly be true, given other news reports saying most Americans are getting some kind of tax cut.”
“In 2018, most U.S. taxpayers can expect some kind of tax cut, according to just about every analysis,” Kessler wrote.
More than 80 percent of taxpayers would get a tax cut in 2018 and less than five percent would get a tax increase, the Tax Policy Center found in December. However, Pelosi’s message focuses on the last year of the tax cut, 2027.
“[T]he numbers will have flipped [in 2027], with only 25 percent of taxpayers getting a tax cut and more than 50 percent getting a tax increase,” Kessler wrote.
WaPo’s analysis said it was in her right to talk about the last year included in the tax cuts, but decided Pelosi’s statement was two Pinocchios for “telling only half of the story of the tax bill.”
“It is important for Pelosi to signal to her listeners that she is not talking about this tax year, when many will receive tax cuts,” the WaPo analysis claimed.