Late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel had some fun at the expense, perhaps, of the pride of some Hillary Clinton supporters.
Kimmel introduced the segment on Tuesday’s program:
“Donald Trump came out with his proposal for a new tax plan yesterday – just like a real presidential candidate would do,” Kimmel said. “It’s kind of adorable … He says he plans to raise taxes on the very rich – which doesn’t include him because he’s very, very rich. Also under President Trump: You won’t have to pay any income taxes if you make less than $25,000 a year; you won’t pay any taxes if you and your spouse make under $50,000 a year; and if you capture an illegal Mexican, you won’t pay any taxes at all, no matter how much you make.”
Kimmel then explained that his show decided to do a little experiment to see whether Clinton supporters could get behind Trump’s proposals.
As his program often does, crew members went out to do some man/woman-on-the-street interviews with people outside the show’s Hollywood Boulevard theater. The crew offered details of the plan to self-identified Clinton supporters, who were told it was the Democrat candidate’s, not Trump’s.
Those interviewed were asked a series of questions such as: “Do you support Hillary Clinton’s plan to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 15 percent?” and, “Do you support Hillary Clinton’s plan to eliminate the estate tax?” and, “Do you support her plan to eliminate the income tax for those who make less than $25,000 per year?”
Those interviewees shown in the segment all indicate that they would back those changes.
Afterwards, all are told that the proposals they said they liked are Donald Trump’s, not Clinton’s.
“Oh God, I hate him,” one woman laughingly replies.
“I would say he’s a pretty smart man,” a man says. “I feel stupid,” another responds.
One said that if they truly are the billionaire candidate’s polices, he would have to switch his vote. “I support Donald Trump then,” he said.
As reported by Western Journalism, Trump announced his tax proposal on Monday, which if implemented would be the most significant tax reform since the 1980s under Ronald Reagan.
The plan calls for four tax brackets for both personal income tax (there are currently seven) and investment income:
“These lower rates will provide a tremendous stimulus for the economy – significant GDP growth, a huge number of new jobs and an increase in after-tax wages for workers,” Trump said of his proposal.