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  1. So now that Matt Lauer is gone when will the Fake News practitioners at NBC be terminating the contract of Phil Griffin? And will they terminate low ratings Joe Scarborough based on the “unsolved mystery” that took place in Florida years ago? Investigate!
    Donald Trump, President of the United States of America
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    Claims

    Joe Scarborough Is the Subject of an "Unsolved Mystery" Involving the Death of an Aide
    The aide’s death is not a mystery, and Joe Scarborough was not involved.

    Fact Checks

    • This case is not unsolved. It is not a mystery.
  2. You know, for years, they have not been able to get tax cuts – many, many years, since Reagan. And the problem was they talked about tax reform, not tax cuts. I said, don’t call it “reform,” call it “tax cuts and reform.” So every once in a while we’ll add the name “reform.” But it’s tax cuts.

    Claims

    The US Hasn't Had a Tax Cut Since Reagan
    There have been 9 tax cuts under 3 presidents since Reagan

    Fact Checks

    • Trump’s statement is ridiculously wrong – since 1997, nine major tax bills have passed with tens of billions of dollars in cuts.
  3. The answer is no. We provide tax relief at every level. I know the House tax reform plan that we passed; 70 percent of the tax relief goes to those families making less than 200,000.

    Claims

    The GOP Tax Plan Would Provide a Tax Cut at Every Level
    While all levels would see a temporary cut, eventually some levels would see a tax increase.

    Fact Checks

    • That’s true initially, according to congressional analysts, but over time some income levels will pay more in taxes. That’s because the bill ends a new tax credit after 2022 and changes how tax brackets are adjusted for inflation, pushing more people over time into higher tax brackets.
  4. … they are doing something that is going to increase the debt enormously. It’s going to be a job-killer and it’s going to raise taxes on the middle-class, and that has a big impact on the individual lives of all Americans, and really we should be spending more time on that.

    Claims

    The GOP Tax Plan Is a "Job-Killer"
    It would likely result in a modest increase in the number of jobs

    Fact Checks

    • Pelosi’s speculation about the tax plan being a “job-killer” is just that, speculation. But most economic analyses to date suggest that while there will be winners and losers in the labor force, the net effect on the number of jobs will be small, but positive.
  5. Well, if you don’t pay income taxes and we increase your refund by 40 percent, that is a direct dollar impact. In other words, you’ll have more money to use to keep those ends together, those single mothers like mine, who are working paycheck to paycheck, they will now not get a $9,300 deduction, we’re doubling that deduction almost to $18,000, For a dual-parent income household we’re going from around $12,700 for the standard deduction to around $24,000.

    Fact Checks

    • Scott’s logic rests on Americans who do not pay income taxes no longer having to pay the penalty for not carrying health insurance… That’s more of a gamble than anything close to a certainty.
  6. Well, good news is that if we are able to lower the highest corporate tax rate in the from a 35% to a 20%, and make it permanent, the jobs of the future will be created here at home.

    Claims

    The US Has the Highest Corporate Tax Rate in the World
    The US does have a high statutory rate (up to 35%), but significant deductions and exemptions mean companies actually end up paying a much lower rate; the effective tax rate is about average. Furthermore, while the statutory rate relatively high, it is not the highest in the world; that distinction goes to the United Arab Emirates with rates up to 55%.
    1. Donald Trump Donald Trump
    2. John Cornyn John Cornyn
    3. Pat Tiberi Pat Tiberi
    4. David Perdue David Perdue
    5. Garret Graves Garret Graves
    6. Mick Mulvaney Mick Mulvaney
    7. Karen Handel Karen Handel
    8. Erik Paulsen Erik Paulsen
    9. Kristi Noem Kristi Noem
    10. Dave Brat Dave Brat
    11. Kevin Brady Kevin Brady
  7. It is riddled with loopholes that let some special interests – including myself, in all fairness. This is going to cost me a fortune, this thing – believe me. Believe me, this is not good for me.

    Claims

    Trump Wouldn't Benefit From GOP Tax Plan
    Since he hasn’t released his taxes it’s difficult to analyze this, but his leaked 2005 returns show he would definitely benefit from abolishing the AMT, and his heirs would benefit from abolishing the estate tax.

    Fact Checks

    • The information we do have — the partial 2005 return — shows his claim of losing a fortune on the tax bill is poppycock.
  8. Congratulations to all of the ”DEPLORABLES” and the millions of people who gave us a MASSIVE (304-227) Electoral College landslide victory!
    Donald Trump, President of the United States of America
    on

    Claims

    Trump's 2016 Victory Was an Electoral College Landslide
    The margin was within the lowest 25% of all elections, and the lowest 33% since World War II.
    1. Kellyanne Conway Kellyanne Conway
  9. America’s corporate tax rate is 35%—the highest in the industrialized world. In today’s global economy, we’ve got to be more competitive.
    Paul Ryan, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
    on

    Claims

    The US Has the Highest Corporate Tax Rate in the Developed World
    The US does have a high statutory rate (up to 35%), but significant deductions and exemptions mean companies actually end up paying a much lower rate; the effective tax rate is about average. Furthermore, while the statutory rate is relatively high, it is not the highest in the developed world; that distinction goes to the United Arab Emirates with rates up to 55%.
    1. John Shimkus John Shimkus
    2. Donald Trump Donald Trump
    3. Ted Cruz Ted Cruz
    4. Sarah Huckabee Sanders Sarah Huckabee Sanders
    5. John Barrasso John Barrasso
    6. John Thune John Thune
    7. Tom Graves Tom Graves
    8. Sean Duffy Sean Duffy
    9. Kevin Brady Kevin Brady
  10. I mean, you look at the city with the strongest gun laws in our nation, is Chicago, and Chicago is a disaster. It’s a total disaster. Just remember, if this man didn’t have a gun or rifle, you’d be talking about a much worse situation in the great state of Texas.

    Claims

    Chicago Has the Strictest Gun Control Laws in the US
    This hasn’t been true since the Supreme Court decided McDonald v. Chicago in 2010.
    1. Steve Scalise Steve Scalise
    2. Sarah Huckabee Sanders Sarah Huckabee Sanders

    Fact Checks

    • The statement is years out of date. After a Supreme Court ruling, Chicago residents can own handguns and carry them unseen on the streets. A national gun control group puts seven states above Illinois in regulating gun ownership.
    • Chicago used to have what some considered to be the toughest gun laws in the country. But not anymore.
  11. Everyone enjoys a tax cut, all across the board.
    Paul Ryan, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
    on
    Retracted by Spokesman AshLee Strong on Nov 8, 2017

    Claims

    Every American Would Receive a Tax Cut Under the GOP Plan
    Most would, though about 8% would see an increase of more than $100 immediately. Furthermore, lower-income taxpayers would see their cuts turn to increases within a few years.
    1. Kevin McCarthy Kevin McCarthy

    Fact Checks

    • Even if one assumes that all of the tax provisions remain in place — a big assumption — millions of Americans will still see a tax hike, even if the average person in their income range might receive a tax cut.
  12. It’s a tax cut for everybody. There’s a lot of misinformation out there, a lot of confusion — and more or less, a lot of hits from the left. But it’s a tax cut for everybody.

    If you look underneath the rate, more of your income is taxed at a lower rate, and so according to the Joint Committee on Taxation — which is the official scorekeeper of these things — every single person, every rate payer, every bracket person gets a rate cut.

    Paul Ryan, Speaker of the United States House of Representatives
    on
    Retracted by Spokesman AshLee Strong on Nov 8, 2017

    Claims

    Every American Would Receive a Tax Cut Under the GOP Plan
    Most would, though about 8% would see an increase of more than $100 immediately. Furthermore, lower-income taxpayers would see their cuts turn to increases within a few years.
    1. Kevin McCarthy Kevin McCarthy

    Fact Checks

    • Even if one assumes that all of the tax provisions remain in place — a big assumption — millions of Americans will still see a tax hike, even if the average person in their income range might receive a tax cut.
  13. … and the Democrats filibustered the legislation that would’ve resulted in this shooter being in federal prison instead of murdering those innocents in that Texas church.

    Claims

    Democrats Killed Legislation Which Would Have Prevented Texas Church Shooting
    The legislation in question wouldn’t have prevented the shooting.

    Fact Checks

    • The amendment Cruz cosponsored, which was defeated largely by Democrats after failing to reach a 60-vote threshold, strengthened efforts to prosecute people who lied about their criminal histories to obtain firearms. But the shooter in this case wouldn’t have showed up as having lied because of the Air Force’s failure to report his felony.

      The Cruz proposal also aimed to facilitate reporting to the instant background check system with guidelines and deadlines for federal agencies, including the armed services. While similar action by the Obama Justice Department around the same time didn’t help, Cruz’s clarifications becoming law may have. But it’s impossible to say with any certainty.

  14. And I think it will happen because people know we’re one of the highest taxed nations in the world.
  15. First, it lets every American keep more of what they earn.
    Kevin McCarthy, Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from California's 23rd district
    on

    Claims

    Every American Would Receive a Tax Cut Under the GOP Plan
    Most would, though about 8% would see an increase of more than $100 immediately. Furthermore, lower-income taxpayers would see their cuts turn to increases within a few years.
    1. Paul Ryan Paul Ryan

    Fact Checks

    • Individual taxpayers’ situations will be affected differently by provisions in the bill, and for 2018 alone, the committee found that 8 percent of taxpayers would pay more in taxes. That translates to millions of Americans.
  16. But at the end of the day, nobody in the middle class is going to get a tax increase, and we are committed to middle-class tax relief and business tax changes that keep our jobs here in America.
    Retracted on Nov 10, 2017

    Claims

    The GOP Tax Plan Would Not Increase Taxes on Anyone in the Middle Class
    It would increase taxes on a minority of middle-class tax-payers.

    Fact Checks

    • The Senate bill unveiled on Thursday would raise taxes on millions of middle-class families, according to a preliminary New York Times analysis.
  17. We’re imposing a one-time low tax to bring back all of that corporate money. Now, we think it’s probably in the neighborhood of $4 trillion will be brought back into our economy, into our country. And that’ll produce tremendous growth, and jobs, and lots of other things.

    Claims

    US Companies Keep More Than $3 Trillion in Profits in Overseas Tax Havens
    Estimates vary, but only up to about $2.8 trillion (as of September 2017)
  18. … and you see what we’re doing on immigration. I mean, we stop well over 70% of the border even before the wall goes up.

    Claims

    Border Apprehensions Down About 80% Under Trump
    The real number is 46% for July 2016 vs. July 2017
  19. They’re liking us, and I’m liking them. They actually endorsed me; first time they’ve ever endorsed a candidate for President. I’m not even sure if they’re allowed to endorse, and they endorsed anyway.

    Claims

    The US Border Patrol Endorsed Trump
    They didn’t, their union did.
  20. We need the wall for another reason: drugs. The drugs that are pouring in. The wall will make it a much tougher situation.

    Claims

    A Border Wall Would Significantly Curb Drug Smuggling
    The vast majority of drug smuggling operations would be unaffected.
  21. We’re one of the highest-taxed countries in the world. And we’re going to get really down to be one of the lower taxed.
  22. You look at China, they’re at 15%.

    Claims

    China's Corporate Tax Rate Is 15%
    It has been 25% since 2008. Before then it was 33%.
  23. And something we’re seeing now is, for the first time in a long time, wages are starting to rise for people.
  24. And that’s why we’re working to give the American people a giant tax cut for Christmas. We are giving them a big beautiful Christmas present in the form of a tremendous tax cut. It will be the biggest cut in the history of our country. It will also be tax reform, and it will create jobs.

    Claims

    Trump's Tax Plan Would Be the Largest Tax Cut in US History
    Estimates vary due to a lack of details and a changing plan, but in all it falls well short of the largest tax cut in history.
    1. Mike Pence Mike Pence
    2. Sarah Huckabee Sanders Sarah Huckabee Sanders
    3. Neal Dunn Neal Dunn
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