When it comes to Donald Trump and this current administration, nothing surprises me. Literally nothing. There really isn’t a depth to which they won’t stoop, a lie they won’t tell, or a conspiracy they won’t push just as long as they believe it will help them push their agenda.
Truth, facts, reality, credibility — none of that matters to Trump and his administration.
That’s why I wasn’t at all surprised to see a report from MSNBC’s Chris Hayes where the White House blatantly distorted an article from the conservative Washington Examiner to sell Trump’s tax plan.
Corporate tax cut will provide huge boost to wages
That’s what a tweet sent out by the White House said, attributing the comment to Washington Examiner reporter Joseph Lawler.
There’s just one problem: Lawler never said that — the White House did.
What the Trump administration did was send out part of a headline written by Lawler that said:
White House study: Corporate tax cut will provide huge boost to wages
The Washington Examiner’s Joseph Lawler wrote an article covering the White House’s analysis of Trump’s tax plan. In particular, the impact of corporate tax cuts on everyday Americans. The White House then took the headline of that article, omitted the main point of it — that this analysis was written by them — then proceeded to try to sell Lawler’s article as some sort of an independent analysis that concluded Trump’s push to cut corporate taxes would be a “huge boost to wages.”
To make matters worse, when you actually click on the tweet the White House sent out, it doesn’t take you to Lawler’s actual article, it just takes you back to something they wrote that says:
The Washington Examiner’s Joseph Lawler reports President Trump’s goal of lowering the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 20 percent will translate into $4,000 to $9,000 in the pockets or hardworking Americans.
Except that’s not what he said! All Lawler did was report what the White House’s report had said.
In case some of you didn’t realize it, this is what propaganda looks like.
Furthermore, Lawler’s article actually states the following:
The Trump administration has consistently maintained the preponderance of the benefits of corporate tax cuts would accrue to workers, something that could happen if businesses use the tax savings to invest in their company and increase productivity.
Yet Congress’ own tax experts have estimated that only around a fifth of the corporate tax is borne by workers. Last month, the Treasury raised eyebrows by removing from its site a 2012 analysis that found similar results.
So he points out that the Trump administration has been selling an idea that Congress’ own tax experts have said is total b.s., while mentioning that the Treasury Department recently removed the 2012 analysis that debunks Trump’s claim that cutting corporate taxes will largely benefit average American workers.
Is this the worst thing Trump or his White House has done? Of course not. Still, this is just another example where it seems rather obvious that Donald Trump clearly wishes he could be a dictator who could control the media and what’s said about him.
So call it what it is. This was the Trump White House shamelessly inventing fake news right before our eyes to push a bullshit narrative that’s been debunked over and over again.
Watch Chris Hayes’ report below via MSNBC: