Trump Adviser Suggests 'Anti-Tax Propaganda' to Blame for Unpopularity of Tax Cut

April 16, 2019

By Justin Chermol

On the day after Tax Day, Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers Kevin Hassett told Cheddar's J.D Durkin that the underwater popularity of President Trump's tax cuts were the fault of "anti-tax propaganda."

When referencing an article in the New York Times, Hassett said, "It suggested that there was a lot of negative anti-tax propaganda that was produced, and effective. The fact is that the tax cuts worked as planned."

The Times describes how most Americans got a tax cut this year, even if they don't know (or believe) it.

"To a large degree, the gap between perception and reality on the tax cuts appears to flow from a sustained — and misleading — effort by liberal opponents of the law to brand it as a broad middle-class tax increase," the authors wrote.

Nevertheless, public sentiment over the tax law remains low, and largely net-negative, with a 49-percent disapproval rate, according to a recent Gallup poll.

Hassett pointed to evidence that Trump tax cut has received support from groups outside the United States, such as the ultra-left-wing Syriza party in Greece.

"If the Radical Part of the Far Left supports policies like ours because they recognize the evidence, that it's good for the economy, then I would guess that in the fullness of time everybody will recognize it"