Washington Post reiterates Three Pinocchios rating in Biden’s repeated assertion that Republicans want to raise taxes

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The Washington Post reaffirmed a late April fact check on Thursday that gave President Biden “Three Pinocchios” for his assertion that Republicans want to raise taxes.

In an April 18 tweet, the president said that “Republicans in Congress now want to raise taxes on middle-class families,” adding that he would not let that happen. The root of Biden’s claim is a plan outlined by Senator Rick Scott, R-Fla.

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 19: US President Joe Biden answers questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on January 19, 2022 in Washington, DC.  (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 19: US President Joe Biden answers questions during a news conference in the East Room of the White House on January 19, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Scott presented an 11-point plan, which says that “all Americans should pay some income tax to have a skin in the game, even a small amount. Currently, more than half of Americans pay no income tax.”

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Biden and his administration have repeatedly suggested that Republicans support the plan, and White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki reiterated the allegations Tuesday during a news conference.

“Psaki’s comments only reaffirmed why our original analysis was correct. We will focus on his explanation of why Biden claimed that a ‘majority’ of Republicans support Scott’s plan,” the Washington Post reported in another article addressing the verification. of April facts.

Psaki cited several senators, including Senator Ron Johnson, R-Wis., Senator Mike Braun, R-Ind., Representative Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and Senator Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., who offered seats praise of Scott’s delivery of the plan, according to the Washington Post.

The Washington Post reported that none of these senators endorsed the proposal in question and instead expressed “general words of support for the idea of ​​launching a plan”.

Senate Minority Leader John Thune, RS.D, said Tuesday that he does not endorse Scott’s plan and it would be an exaggeration for Democrats to suggest that the GOP was supporting the agenda.

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“If they try to run campaign ads against individual senators who haven’t adopted this plan, I don’t know how far you can argue with a straight face,” Thune said. “That doesn’t mean it won’t be done.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-KY., also criticized the bill.

WASHINGTON, DC - MAY 26: US Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) speaks during an inflation press conference at the Capitol on May 26, 2021 in Washington, DC.  The group of Republican senators discussed rising consumer prices and the potential effects of inflation on households and businesses recovering from the pandemic.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – MAY 26: US Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) speaks during an inflation press conference at the Capitol on May 26, 2021 in Washington, DC. The group of Republican senators discussed rising consumer prices and the potential effects of inflation on households and businesses recovering from the pandemic. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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“We reaffirm our rating of three – nearly four – Pinocchios,” the fact-check said.

Biden reiterated the claim that Republicans want to raise taxes in his speech on Tuesday that focused on inflation and rising prices. During a speech Wednesday to the Democratic National Committee, he said Scott’s plan was “what the GOP stands for, what they’re going to do.”

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Biden and Scott have fought over the past week over the claims. Scott said the president was “unwell” and asked him to step down. Biden responded that Scott “has a problem.”

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