.@jaketapper: “Next year, 91% of middle income Americans will receive a tax cut. Isn’t that a good thing?”@BernieSanders: “Yeah, it is a very good thing. And that’s why we should’ve made the tax cuts for the middle class permanent” #CNNSOTU https://t.co/ei8xTHGo1E
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) December 24, 2017
It feels like Congressional Republicans and President Donald Trump are going to latch onto these comments in the coming months, especially as we head into the 2018 midterm elections.
During an appearance this morning on CNN’s State of the Union, Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) conceded that the recently passed tax cuts provide benefits to the middle class. Sanders, who had previously called the tax bill one of the greatest heists in world history, was asked by host Jake Tapper if he thought it was a “good thing” that “91% of middle-income Americans will receive a tax cut” next year.
“Yeah, it is a very good thing,” Sanders responded. “And that’s why we should’ve made the tax breaks for the middle class permanent.”
The former Democratic presidential candidate added that the tax cuts for corporations were made permanent in the tax overhaul, stating the same should have been done for the middle-class tax breaks. Sanders further noted that 83% of the benefits of tax reform go to the top 1% and 60% go to the top 1/10th of 1% while claiming that 80 million taxpayers will pay more in taxes ten years from now.
In terms of pull quotes, however, Sanders saying tax cuts for the middle class in this legislation “is a very good thing” could get quite a bit of play.
Watch the clip above, via CNN.
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