Republican Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, one of former Republican President Donald Trump's closest allies and a key part of his efforts to overturn last year's election, once again attempted to stir up an anti-Democrat firestorm.
It's not going well for him.
In attempting to lambaste Democratic President Joe Biden's tax plans on Twitter, Jordan made such a glaring omission it rendered the whole thing an outright lie--and people aren't letting it slide.
President Biden wants to raise your taxes. Republicans don’t. You choose.— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Rep. Jim Jordan) 1618423502.0
Jordan's tweet claimed Biden's tax plans will "raise your taxes," with no specificity as to who "your" includes.
It is true Biden's plan will raise taxes—for anyone making more than $400,000 a year. Suffice to say that income bracket does not comprise anything even approaching a majority of the population.
In fact, it accounts for just 2% of American households, according to the most recent census data. That census, conducted just last year, found the median family income in the United States is $68,400—a far cry from $400,000.
And it's not as if this is arcane knowledge.
Biden made this bracket clear in his announcement of the tax plan.
"No one, let me say it again, no one making under $400,000 will see their federal taxes go up, period."
Press Secretary Jen Psaki later clarified the $400,000 threshold applies to households, not individuals.
Jordan's claim Biden will "raise your taxes" is true for only a tiny number of Americans overall. As for his snide suggestion "you choose" between Biden who wants to raise your taxes and Republicans who don't?
The Republican tax plan passed during the Trump administration raised taxes beginning in 2020 on people making under $400,000 while making tax breaks for the wealthy permanent.
Americans already did choose Biden in a decisive election last year and said no to the GOP who lost control of the White House and Senate.
We literally did choose 5 months ago...and said "no" to you. https://t.co/CZYvDSxMXT— Dr. Matthew Stollak (@Dr. Matthew Stollak) 1618426792.0
@Jim_Jordan I’ll choose Biden. I’m not a big fan of sedition.— CB is Big Baby Jesus. (@CB is Big Baby Jesus.) 1618426941.0
@Jim_Jordan We did. You lost.— Renee Resists (@Renee Resists) 1618423642.0
While others underlined just how cravenly dishonest his tweet was, on multiple levels.
@Jim_Jordan This is very telling from Jim Jordan. He's talking to the people he really works for: his billionaire… https://t.co/9byaHLnNoy— Jeff Sites for Congress (@Jeff Sites for Congress) 1618424095.0
Most of us will be fine since u and your party are against raising our wages. https://t.co/hlCMVaE7Cc— Melinda Moore (@Melinda Moore) 1618468841.0
@Jim_Jordan You’re shilling for people making over $400,000 a year.— Brian Tyler Cohen (@Brian Tyler Cohen) 1618423577.0
Jim Jordan’s salary is $174,000 per year. Not even his taxes would go up under Biden’s plan as only those who make… https://t.co/jkMMaPFXDD— Jim Jordan’s Missing Jacket (@Jim Jordan’s Missing Jacket) 1618442768.0
@Jim_Jordan I don't make over $400,000 Gym— David (@David) 1618424767.0
@Jim_Jordan Trump and the @GOP already raised our taxes. The businesses get to keep their tax breaks but the lower… https://t.co/gGjwdtFNeG— KevinlyFather 🇺🇲🇨🇦🇲🇼🇸🇿 (@KevinlyFather 🇺🇲🇨🇦🇲🇼🇸🇿) 1618449833.0
Americans also seem to have chosen Biden's tax plan over the Republicans'.
Recent polling found 54% of Americans support increasing taxes on corporations and those making more than $400,000 per year.