A Georgetown University student confronted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) on Tuesday about her infamous “crumbs” comments.
Pelosi routinely made the remarks when discussing the Republican-led tax reform package passed earlier this year, which experts predicted would save most American families a substantial sum of money.
Noting that on a “macroeconomic level” the economy is growing under President Donald Trump’s leadership, the student sought to know if Pelosi would still refer to the tax cuts as “crumbs" knowing how they have contributed to the growing economy.
“As the son of small business owners, I know that it’s helped my parents hire more employees. It’s helped us pay off our mortgage, helped put me through college,” the student said during a town hall at Georgetown. "Would you still refer to the effects of this tax plan, on average Americans, as crumbs?"
In her response, Pelosi mostly doubled down on her initial “crumbs” sentiment, claiming the tax cuts mostly benefit the top 1 percent while barely benefiting the working and middle classes. The California Democrat even claimed the tax bill will hurt the middle class — and make them pay more taxes in the long term.
"Here's a tax bill that they advertise as a benefit for the middle class, and did you know 83 percent of the benefits of the tax bill go to the top 1 percent?" Pelosi claimed.
"In the life of the bill, 86 million middle class families will pay more taxes,” she added, explaining the bill also “mortgages” the future of young Americans because it adds to the national debt. She later bashed the bill again, alleging it steals money from insolvent entitlements like Medicare and Medicaid.
However, Pelosi did not provide evidence to back her claims.
What do the facts show?
While Pelosi claims the tax bill does not benefit the American working class and only helps corporate America and the top 1 percent, the facts show the opposite.
Hundreds of corporations gave billions of dollars in bonuses and wage increases to millions of employees in direct response to the tax bill. Aside from corporations paying their employees more due to a significant slashing of the corporate tax rate, the average American family will see hundreds of dollars in savings.
However, as multiple fact checks concluded, the claim that the tax bill benefits only the top 1 percent is false. As USA Today reported in January:
The Republican tax plan was signed into law just last month, and Democrats already have a well-worn — and misleading — talking point about it: 83% of the tax cuts go to the wealthiest 1%. That’s true for 2027 but only because most of the individual income tax changes expire by then.
In 2025 — the last year before those tax changes expire — only a quarter of the tax cuts go to the top 1%.
It’s a classic case of politicians using a technically accurate statistic but without the context or explanation it requires. Without all the facts, the talking point leaves a misleading impression.
The Washington Post echoed this in a fact check on similar claims made by Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.).