Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) on Wednesday predicted that refusing to extend expiring tax breaks for the wealthiest Americans would greatly benefit Democrats.
“It’s a big winner,” he said on MSNBC. “For 30 years, Republicans have won the tax debate by conflating middle-class tax cuts with tax cuts for the wealthy. Those days are now over. We have made a clean break. We’ve said middle class people deserve a tax break. But it would be better to put the money for wealthy people instead of in a tax break into deficit reduction.
“That’s a big winner for us, and the reason Mitch McConnell let us have a vote was because he was afraid that if we only voted on our bill that we would lose. It’s the first time that Republicans are on the defensive on taxes. I think that’s going to continue. This is a water shed day that we’ll see reflected over the next several years.”
Democrats in the Senate on Wednesday voted to extend Bush-era tax cuts for American families that make less than $250,000 per year, but allow the tax cuts for those making more to expire. Democrats said 98 percent of Americans would continue to have lowered taxes, while only the top 2 percent of Americans would see their taxes increase.
The bill is expected to die in the Republican-led House of Representatives. Republicans insist that the tax breaks should be extended for all Americans regardless of income.
“When average middle-class people see that Democrats are looking out for them and are actually for tax breaks for them while Republicans are saying ‘no, we have other priorities that are much higher, tax breaks for the wealthy or whatever,’ we win,” Schumer said.
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WATCH: CBS News begins referring to Trump’s tweets as ‘racist’ after Dem congresswomen hold presser
CBS Evening News host Norah O'Donnell on Monday began referring to President Donald Trump's tweets as "racist" after four progressive Democratic women lashed out at the president in a press conference.
While speaking to reporters on Monday, Democratic congresswomen Ilhan Omar (MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ayanna Pressley (MA) and Rashida Tlaib (MI) fired back at the president because he suggested that they should "go back" to their country of origin.
Following the press conference, O'Donnell's report on the CBS Evening News referred to the tweets as "racist."
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Republican strategist Tara Setmayer on Tuesday delivered a brutal analysis of President Donald Trump's strategy to win reelection, which she dubbed "Make America White Again."
During a panel discussion on Trump ramping up his racist attacks on four Democratic women of color, Setmayer argued that appealing solely to angry white voters was the only hope he had of winning in 2020.
"It's 'Make America White Again,' according to the president of the United States, because everyone in the country is not welcome," she said. "If you have a difference of opinion, you're not welcome."
She then went on to document all the ways Trump is uniquely unfit to judge who does and does not belong in the United States.
Morning Joe panel brutally dismantles Lindsey Graham for doubling down and backing Trump’s extreme racism
MSNBC's Joe Scarborough was left speechless by Sen. Lindsey Graham's impassioned defense of President Donald Trump's racist attacks on four Democratic congresswomen.
The "Morning Joe" host sat in stunned silence after rolling video of the South Carolina Republican defending Trump's tweets, and doubling down by hurling his own slurs against the first-year lawmakers.
"You call Americans in Congress communists?" Scarborough said, after gathering his thoughts, "and you say they hate America? And then your punch line to that is aim higher?"
Scarborough, who served alongside Graham as a Republican congressman, said the episode was a shameful new low for the veteran lawmaker.