Did Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton vow to raise taxes on the middle class?
Hillary Clinton accepts the nomination on the final night of the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia July 28. (Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images)
During remarks at a rally in Nebraska Tuesday, Clinton criticized her rival Donald Trump for wanting to “cut taxes for the super-rich.”
“Well we’re not going there, my friends,” she said. “I’m telling you right now, we’re going to write fairer rules for the middle class, and we aren't going to raise taxes on the middle class!”
However, Clinton poorly annunciated the word "aren't" and an online debate ensued, with some social media users arguing that she said "are."
From my recording, Clinton said "we aren’t going to raise taxes on the middle class" not "are."— Dan Merica (@danmericaCNN) August 1, 2016
She pretty clearly said "aren't" and not "are." https://t.co/q7V17RfrHE— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) August 4, 2016
@KalebSands If you listen closely, you can tell there’s a hard stop where uses a contraction. Not a single-note, one-syllable word.— T. Becket Adams (@BecketAdams) August 4, 2016
If Clinton had indeed stated “we are going to raise taxes on the middle class,” it would have likely been a slip of tongue. According to her campaign website, Clinton has promised “tax relief” for the middle class, while she has repeatedly vowed to ensure “the wealthiest Americans and large corporations pay their fair share.”
Some media outlets quoted Clinton as saying "are" and speculated that the moment was a "Freudian slip."
A spokesperson for the Clinton campaign did not immediately return TheBlaze’s request for comment.
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