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Obama Calls Out Trump’s Lie About A Middle-Class Tax Cut Before Midterms

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In the midst of an American political landscape fraught with lies and propaganda—much of it coming from the White House—leave it to former President Barack Obama to spit some truth.

Obama is currently making campaign stops and speaking to voters before the crucial 2018 midterms, which Democrats hope will give them enough of a legislative foothold to keep President Donald Trump’s agenda in check.

While speaking to voters in Detroit, Obama called attention to the excessive and flagrant lies spouted by the current head of the executive branch. He cited a recent lie as an example:

“The president said he was going to pass a middle class tax cut. Congress isn’t even in session before the election! He just makes it up!”

The years since Trump’s inauguration have proven that his willingness to lie would not be extinguished with a vow to protect and serve fellow Americans. President Obama is seen by many as a marked contrast to Trump; a paragon of decency preceding a shameless liar. That’s why his words carried weight with Americans at the rally in Detroit and with those watching from computer screens.

Many subsequently took to Twitter to praise the former President.

Donald Trump has said multiple times that he would pass a middle class tax cut before the election. Seeing as congress is not in session until January, many took this to mean Trump would seek the tax cut by way of executive order, however the president has maintained that he intends to go through congress. Even some GOP officials know nothing of this plan and don’t see how the president intends to achieve it.

The move likely comes in response to criticisms of the recent GOP tax bill, which slashed tax rates for corporations but wasn’t as generous to individuals, reservations the GOP is trying to relieve in order to save its majorities.

But people aren’t buying it.

Spouting off an empty promise is almost involuntary for the president at this point. We can only hope responsible politicians are elected in November to keep the president in check and affect real change.

H/T: NBC, The Hill

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Written by Evan Brechtel

Evan Brechtel is a writer and actor living in New York. A Fordham University graduate, he also writes a monthly column for Chosen Magazine and is currently working on a historical fiction novel about New York queer bars over the twentieth century.