Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris (Calif.) was hit with a fact check on Friday after she attempted to criticize Republicans for a “private jet tax break” in the GOP’s latest tax reform bill.
Harris tweeted out a story from Business Insider detailing one of the finer points in the Senate’s tax reform bill, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. The story centers around a tax break the law provides to owners and operators of private jets.
When Harris tweeted the story, she added: “Retweet if you would *not* benefit from a private jet tax break.”
Retweet if you would *not* benefit from a private jet tax break. https://t.co/jxAWezkbq8
— Kamala Harris (@SenKamalaHarris) November 17, 2017
The point of Harris’ tweet was simple: she wanted to bash the GOP’s tax reform bill by letting her fans and constituents know the GOP’s bill had a provision in it providing a break for wealthy Americans with private jets. The tweet was widely circulated with more than 50,000 retweets.
However, Harris’ attempt quickly fell flat on its face when it was revealed a Republican wasn’t the original sponsor of the provision.
In fact, it was Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) who first introduced it to Congress earlier this year. People were quick to point that out in reply to Harris and others.
— The Reagan Battalion (@ReaganBattalion) November 17, 2017
— Haley Byrd (@byrdinator) November 17, 2017
Sherrod Brown (D-OH) was the sponsor of this provision https://t.co/GeSELpxNQu
— Shoshana Weissmann, Sloth Committee Chair (@senatorshoshana) November 17, 2017
Facts always win over narrative.