Breitbart criticizes Trump tax plan: It won’t benefit truckers

Breitbart criticizes Trump tax plan: It won’t benefit truckers
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Right-wing site Breitbart News attacked President Trump's tax plan on Thursday, arguing that it wouldn't help the people he says it would.

In an article Thursday morning, the news site chaired by former White House chief strategist Stephen Bannon ripped the GOP's framework for tax reform and argued that Trump pitched the plan to truck drivers "who may see little or no direct benefit" on Wednesday night.

"There’s very little in the framework, moreover, that would directly benefit most truckers," Breitbart's John Carney wrote, saying that Trump's plan would raise taxes for a family making the median income for truck drivers by about $200 a year.


Trump sold his tax reform plan in Pennsylvania in front of a crowd of truck drivers, telling his audience the plan would be "rocket fuel" for America's economy.

"It will be rocket fuel for the economy," Trump said Wednesday. "You're going to make more money. You're going to do better than ever before. And we truly admire you. You are our heroes, believe me," he added. "You are our heroes."

The article goes on to say that Trump's plan to eliminate personal exemptions will reduce the basic income exemptions available for middle-class families.

"In other words, under the Trump plan more of a family’s income would be subject to income tax than under current law. So even if their rates fall, they could still wind up paying more in taxes," Carney argues.

That flies in the face of the Trump administration's own estimates. On Wednesday, Trump told truckers that the average family would save about $4,000 under his tax plan.

“My Council of Economic Advisors estimates that this change, along with a lower rate, would likely give the typical American household a $4,000 pay raise," Trump said.

Breitbart has been breaking with the Trump administration more often in recent weeks. Last month, Bannon and Breitbart scored a major win when former state Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore, whom Bannon backed, defeated Sen. Luther StrangeLuther Johnson StrangeThe Hill's Morning Report — Trump to GOP: I will carry you GOP strategist: Trump will be anchor around Republicans' necks in general election Trump: I ‘destroy' careers of Republicans who say bad things about me MORE (R-Ala.) in the state's special election GOP Senate primary.