Washington Post fact-checkers took Democratic presidential frontrunner Rep. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) to task Wednesday after she tried to blame this year’s smaller tax refunds on President Trump’s tax cuts.
“The average tax refund is down about $170 compared to last year. Let’s call the President’s tax cut what it is: a middle-class tax hike to line the pockets of already wealthy corporations and the 1%,” Harris wrote on Twitter.
In great detail, the Post pointed out everything wrong with her “nonsensical and misleading” claim, concluding that her “tweet combines two factoids into a highly misleading package. Yes, tax refunds are smaller, based on preliminary data. And, yes, in the long run, the Trump tax cut raises taxes on the middle class — if you make the probably unrealistic assumption that Congress will not act to rescue tax cuts for individuals.”
“But Harris presented these facts without nuance or qualification, making it appear as though the smaller tax refunds were evidence of a tax hike on the middle class,” the Post continued. “In reality, the size of a tax refund reflects nothing about the size of a tax cut or tax increase — and at least in 2018, the vast majority of middle-class Americans can expect to pay less in taxes as a result of the Trump tax law.”
The Post awarded Harris’ tweet with four out of four Pinocchios.
CNN is even going after Harris a little, pointing out the inconsistencies in her stances on major political issues. The Democratic candidate has pushed hard in support of illegal immigrants, yet just 11 years ago, she supported the “San Francisco policy that reported arrested undocumented juveniles to ICE.”
On the issue of marijuana, Harris bragged during a recent radio interview that she used to smoke weed, CNN reported.
Advocating for the federal legalization of recreational marijuana, she added, “Listen, I think it gives a lot of people joy. And we need more joy,” according to Politico.
CNN pointed out that Harris was opposed to pot legalization in 2010 before supporting medical marijuana just five years later. Now she wants it all legalized nationwide.
“Perhaps it's a story of gradual realization of the need for legalization, or maybe it's just a story of one politician adapting to public opinion,” CNN concluded.
Speaking of Harris’ marijuana use, the New York Times has circled the wagons around her, claiming that her words were taken out of context when she appeared to say that she listened to rappers Tupac and Snoop Dogg while smoking pot in college, even though that was years before they’d released their first albums.
Numerous media outlets — not just conservative ones — suggested that Harris “was playing up parts of her identity in order to impress black voters.”