Debate audience erupts in laughter at Rep. Knight’s tax bill lies

Katie Hill and Rep. Steve Knight

The audience knows the tax bill supported by Rep. Knight favors the very wealthy, not working families.

At a recent debate, Congressman Steve Knight (R-Palmdale) lied so outlandishly about the Republican tax bill that the audience erupted in laughter.

Asked about the massive deficits produced by the GOP tax bill, Knight had the gall to tell this whopper: “When the tax cut plan came forward, it was for lower and middle income. That’s exactly what happened.”

Then, laughter overtook the room.


The reaction should not have been a surprise, as even internal GOP polling shows the American public doesn’t believe the spin coming from Republicans about their tax bill.

The truth about the tax bill Knight and Republicans pushed through Congress — without a single Democratic vote — is that it massively favors the very wealthy and rich corporations.

In fact, more than 80 percent of the benefits for individuals go to the wealthiest 1 percent. The Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy (ITEP) even has a chart for California stating the bill “gives larger tax cuts to upper-income California residents in 2019, raises taxes on low- and middle-income residents in 2027.”

In other words, the rich get richer, while the middle class is left behind.

Even as families are being left behind and not seeing the higher paychecks Knight promised, Wall Street banks are setting record profits, raking in billions of dollars, thanks to Republicans like Knight.

Knight and Hill clashed on other issues as well, with Hill noting Knight’s repeated attempts to sabotage health care policy and highlighting Knight’s “F” rating from a group focused on protecting Social Security.

Most election watchers rate this race a toss-up, but FiveThirtyEight gives a slight advantage to Hill.

This was the final debate between the two, and voting is already underway in California for anyone who wants to vote by mail. For those going to the polls, Election Day is Nov. 6.

The debate can be viewed here.