Katy Tur is not messing around. Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) tried to con her about the GOP tax bill. Katy wasn’t having it.
On Tuesday, the Republicans voted to pass their tax scam bill. The bill is extremely unpopular with the American people. And Trump and the Republicans are continuing to lie about the real point of this bill, which is to redistribute wealth from the poor and middle class to corporations and the very rich.
The Republicans also aren’t telling the truth about how much they will each benefit personally from their bill.
Tuesday afternoon MSNBC’s Katy Tur interviewed Rep. Dave Brat (R-VA) about his vote on the tax scam. It didn’t go well for Brat.
Brat tried to make the case for trickle down economics (which has never worked). But Tur wasn’t buying it.
She nailed him, saying,
“So you’re trusting that the corporations, which are already sitting on a ton of cash, over a trillion dollars of cash, that by giving them MORE money they’re suddenly going to start saying ‘Hey I want to give this to my worker?’ Why aren’t they doing it now? They already have a ton of cash Congressman. Why are you so positive that by giving them more money, more money than you’re giving the average American voter, that that is somehow going to transfer to regular people if it’s not already happening? They’re already sitting on a ton of cash.”
Brat tried to answer, but failed miserably.
“The answer is very easy,” he said. “They do have a ton of cash. And so you’d have to be irrational not to invest that and make more unless the current environment is no good.”
Later in the interview, Tur asked Brat, “What is median household income of your district?”
“Right about $60,” Brat replied.
“We have it at $73,000,” Katy shot back.
Then she added, “What are you making? What is in your bank account right now?”
Brat looked totally surprised by the question. He answered, “In my bank account?”
Tur pressed, “What tax bracket are you under in this bill?”
Brat answered that he is probably in the 24% bracket.
Tur asked, “So you’re at 24 percent. If we checked your tax returns for next year, you’d be at 24 percent?”
“Yeah,” Brat answered before asking, “what are you at?”
“I don’t know, I haven’t taken a look at it yet,” she responded.
Brat pressed her, “You don’t know? Come on.”
Then Tur said, “I’m also not a lawmaker, so I’m not involved in marking up this bill or selling it to the American people like you are.”