The mainstream media is quick to defend and regurgitate democrat claims, so this is a look at some recent tweets by the president, and how they add up with the facts.
The president has made some pretty strong claims over the past few days. Let’s see how they add up.
Tweet Number One:
“Nancy Pelosi has behaved so irrationally & has gone so far to the left that she has now officially become a Radical Democrat. She is so petrified of the “lefties” in her party that she has lost control…And by the way, clean up the streets in San Francisco, they are disgusting!”
As far as Pelosi’s irrational behavior, during a speech blasting the tax reform bill, Pelosi made the claim that, the bill gave “tax breaks to the wealthiest people in our country,” and that “President Trump promised a tax reform focused on the middle class families. Republicans wrote a tax scam that raises taxes on 86 million middle class families in our country.”
However, according to the numbers, the president is correct and those claims are pretty irrational.
In August, 2018, Investor’s Business Daily reported, “analysis from Congress’ Joint Economic Committee (JEC) shows that the benefits of making the cuts permanent would mostly go to low- and middle-income earners.”
The JEC found:
- “Taxpayers with incomes under $50,000 will see their share of the total federal tax burden drop from 4.2% to 3.9%.”
- “Those with less than $10,000 in income will see their taxes slashed by more than half.”
- “Average taxpayers with incomes between $10,000 and $20,000, a group that frequently claims refundable tax credits, will have no tax liability and receive an additional refund.”
- “Millionaires will actually see their share of the total federal tax burden rise to 20.2%, compare to 19.6% if tax relief expires.”
- “While taxpayers will enjoy an average 5.2% cut in their taxes, taxpayers that earn over $1 million will see a below-average reduction of 2.3%.”
“Thanks to TCJA (the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act), 90% of wage earners are seeing higher take-home pay,” Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, wrote in The Hill. “A family of four earning the median annual income $73,000 per year will see a 58% reduction in federal taxes, while a single parent with one child earning $41,000 will see a 73% reduction in federal taxes.”
Most people agree that the definition of a “radical Democrat” would be a person who opposes such benefits to the economy and the working class.
Trump also claimed Pelosi is so “petrified of the ‘lefties’ in her party that she has lost control.”
That statement could be argued as opinion, but given her dismissal of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s win as “one district,” and the fact that the freshman lawmaker staged a protest a Pelosi’s office, this statement isn’t that far-fetched.
In the same tweet, the president blasted the squalid filth of San Francisco, and adjured Pelosi to clean it up. The feces, needles, and general fetid conditions found in Nancy Pelosi’s district has become notorious.
Tweet Number Two and Three:
“Nancy Pelosi and some of the Democrats turned down my offer yesterday before I even got up to speak. They don’t see crime & drugs, they only see 2020 – which they are not going to win. Best economy! They should do the right thing for the Country & allow people to go back to work.”
In both of these tweets, the president has stated the facts.
The president has been building sections of the wall, but the mainstream media is loath to report on it. The El Paso Times recently reported, “Construction of the border wall in the Chihuahuita neighborhood of Downtown El Paso continued Wednesday beneath the Stanton Street International Bridge. The U.S. Border Patrol announced Friday that the new wall would replace existing fencing south of Downtown El Paso and that construction would begin Saturday as part of President Donald Trump’s executive order authorizing construction of the U.S.-Mexico border wall.”
Likewise, another $145 million (a very small price tag) has been paid to a contractor to begin construction of “six miles of wall along the U.S.-Mexico border in the Rio Grande Valley. U.S. Customs and Border Patrol said Friday that SLSCO will begin construction of an 18-foot reinforced concrete levee wall in February in the agency’s McAllen Station region. The company will also increase the height of existing fences. It will be the first section of President Trump’s border barriers in the Rio Grande Valley, the busiest corridor for illegal crossings.”
Tweet Number Four:
“Always heard that as President, “it’s all about the economy!” Well, we have one of the best economies in the history of our Country. Big GDP, lowest unemployment, companies coming back to the U.S. in BIG numbers, great new trade deals happening, & more. But LITTLE media mention!”
Specifically it has been reported, “The U.S. economy’s pace of growth in the third quarter was raised to 3.3% from 3% under the government’s latest revision to gross domestic product. How good is that? It’s the fastest spurt of growth in three years. Even a pair of devastating hurricanes, Maria and Harvey, did little to slow the economy down.”
Regarding unemployment, this summer CNN was forced to acknowledge that the new rate “tied the lowest unemployment rate since 1969.” And, “Over the past year, the unemployment rate among 16- to 19-year-olds has fallen from 14.1% to 12.8%.”
Moreover, at least seven companies have ‘reinvested in America,” and “16 companies announced the largest reshoring initiatives plan to bring back, add, or retain a combined total of approximately 73,000 manufacturing jobs” to the United States.
In November, the president signed the “United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), which will replace the outdated, failed North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).” And countless other actions have been taken to boost the economy and remove the unfair trade that has characterized U.S. relationships for scores of years.
It appears that the president’s tweets aren’t just idle boasts.