PolitiFact: Americans won't get tax cut under GOP plan

Posted at 6:33 PM, Dec 13, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-13 19:33:11-05

President Donald Trump loves to tweet, but be careful what you tweet about the GOP and Trump's tax cuts. 

PolitiFact Wisconsin looks at one tweet from a Democratic candidate for governor and puts it through the Truth-O-Meter.

Trump is already claiming victory on the GOP tax cuts but Kelda Helen Roys is not a fan. She's among a dozen or so Democrats running for governor next year.

"Roys said in a tweet that under Trump's new tax plan 99.8 percent of Americans would get no tax cut," said Tom Kertscher with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

That tweet included pictures of the Walton's of Wal-Mart, the Koch Brothers and President Trump's kids getting billion dollar tax cuts. 

The final picture suggests "not one nickel" for just about everyone else. 

But PolitiFact Wisconsin says there's just one BIG problem.   

"It has been widely reported that the tax plan would provide tax cuts essentially across the board to people at many different income levels," Kertscher said. 

So how could Roys be so off? She told PolitiFact Wisconsin she was actually referring to the repeal of the estate tax, but that's not what she said in the tweet. 

"It's true that eliminating that tax would not affect 99.8 percent of Americans," said Kertscher, "because they are not wealthy enough to pay that tax."

The Truth-O-Meter ranges from pants on fire to true. PolitiFact Wisconsin rated this one Pants On Fire, meaning ridiculous.