A group called Tax March is prepping to begin their “Tax the Rich Bus Tour” ahead of the upcoming Democratic primary debate.
Now, the group has released a launch video highlighting the march’s goals.
The group is advocating for the repeal of the GOP tax cuts, approved by Republicans in Congress and signed by President Donald Trump in 2017.
“For decades, Trump has avoided paying federal taxes,” the video begins, before cutting to audio of then-candidate Trump discussing his view on taxes.
“I pay as little as possible. I fight like hell to pay as little as possible,” Trump said.
The video then adds: “Now, Trump has signed a law that gives even more tax breaks to himself and his rich friends, all while increasing taxes on those who can’t afford to pay more.
“We are traveling the country to spread the message: When we tax the rich, we all do better.”
In contrast to the video’s assertion, it’s not true that the President has actually avoided paying federal taxes for decades.
Trump has refused to release his federal tax returns, consistently claiming for the last several years that he is under audit. No comprehensive collection of Trump’s returns are publicly available to determine how frequently he avoided paying federal taxes.
Analysts have surmised that, in those missing years, Trump could have arranged his losses to avoid paying taxes, when possible.
The “Tax the Rich Bus Tour” will run for a month with planned stops in North Carolina, Pennsylvania and New York, pushing for repeal of Trump’s tax bill. It’s scheduled to end with a stop in Detroit on July 30.
Multiple Democratic presidential candidates have said they will repeal the Trump tax cuts, though that would require cooperation from Congress. Democrats control the House, but would need to flip at least 3 seats in the Senate to take control.