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Trump Just Tweeted a Major Lie About Taxes, Gets Brutal Response From Tax Experts

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For experts who pay attention to the tax code, Donald Trump’s lying about the U.S. tax burden has become something of a running joke—the kind of joke that makes you want to pull your hair out. But Trump continues to sell his tax plan repeating the same lies.

On Wednesday, Trump took to Twitter repeating one of his favorite talking points: That the U.S. has the highest taxes in the world. The only problem? While Trump has made that point frequently—repeating it last month and the month before—it’s simply not true, according to every tax expert.

Here is what James Pethokoukis, a fellow at the right-wing American Enterprise Institute, said about Trump tweet:

The Wall Street Journal’s tax reporter Richard Rubin also responded to Trump:

If that’s not enough, two-well regarded Washington think tanks, the Tax Policy Center and the Tax Foundation, also contradict the claim. So why does Trump keep repeating something that both his would-be ideological allies and neutral observers call a lie?

Probably because it suits his political purposes and it sounds like something else many voters have heard which is true.

Corporate taxes represent only a fraction of total U.S taxes. The U.S. and other nations levy a variety of personal income, property, sales and other taxes. Economists have attempted to compare the U.S. tax system to other nations’, factoring these in too. The result: Among 35 developed nations the U.S. ranks fourth from the bottom, according to a recent study by the OECD.

While Trump’s frequently repeated talking point about the U.S. being “the highest taxed nation in the world” sounds like a different fact you may have heard before which is true, Trump’s assertion is not only not true, but close to the opposite of what is true.

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White House Press Sec. Clashes With Reporters Over Trump’s Joe Scarborough Murder Smear

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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany had a contentious briefing with reporters on Tuesday as she defiantly pushed back on criticism of President Donald Trump for pushing the conspiracy theory that MSNBC host Joe Scarborough is guilty of murdering intern Lori Klausutis.

“The opening of a Cold Case against Psycho Joe Scarborough was not a Donald Trump original thought, this has been going on for years, long before I joined the chorus,” Trump wrote in a tweet, “about whether or not Joe could have done such a horrible thing? Maybe or maybe not, but I find Joe to be a total Nut Job, and I knew him well, far better than most. So many unanswered & obvious questions, but I won’t bring them up now! Law enforcement eventually will?”

ABC correspondent Jonathan Karl asked McEnany if Trump would honor a request from Klausutis’ family to take down the tweet.

“Why is the president making these unfounded allegations?” Karl asked. “This is pretty nuts, isn’t it? The president is accusing somebody of possible murder. The family is pleading with the president to please stop unfounded conspiracy theories. Why is he doing this?”

“I do know that our hearts are with Lori’s family at this time,” McEnany said without answering the question.

Shen then glanced at her prepared remarks and accused Scarborough of “joking about killing an intern” years after Klausutis died.

“I’m sure that was hurtful to Lori’s family,” she added.

“He’s the president of the United States,” Karl pointed out, “and he’s accusing somebody of possibly murder. This is different. He’s not a private citizen. He’s the president.”

“Yeah,” McEnany said, returning to her notes. “Joe Scarborough, if we want to start talking about false accusations, we have quite a few we can go through.”

“I’m asking about the president’s allegations,” Karl pressed.

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McEnany then left the room without addressing the question.

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