Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich claimed the “great political surprise of 2018” will be the margin of victory for Republicans at the ballot box this November, in an op-ed for Fox News Thursday.
“The great political surprise of 2018 will be the size of the Republican victory,” Gingrich writes. He believes the GOP’s success will come as an “enormous shock” to Democrats and members of the mainstream media who have attempted to derail President Donald Trump’s agenda.
The former speaker asserts the media “lied” about the tax bill to convince the electorate their taxes would go up, while over-sampling liberals in their polling data. He also accuses them of pushing a false narrative about the how unpopular the bill was to alter the public’s perception of the legislation.
Gingrich believes the passage of the bill is a rejection of the ideas of the “elite media” and will end up being the “2018 proving ground of media liberal bias and dishonesty.”
Gingrich also cites a CBS News report that contradicts the media’s narrative on tax reform, and shows a certified public accountant (CPA) telling three different families they would pay less in taxes under the GOP plan.
A single mother making under $40,000 didn’t think she would be affected by the new law but will end up keeping about $1,300 more per year, while two college teachers with a combined income of over $150,000 will take home $650 more than last year. Finally, a family of five making a combined income of $300,000 will pay $13,000 less as a result of increased child tax credits, and not being hit with the alternative minimum tax, according to CBS News.
Gingrich predicts the reality of the tax cuts will have three major effects on the upcoming midterm elections:
The electorate will be “surprised and pleased” by the GOP delivering on taxes and the dismantling of ObamaCare — The media’s bias will clash with reality on a “personal level” for voters as they realize they are using their opinions to shape facts — and Democrats running for re-election who voted against the tax bill will “live to regret it,” especially in states Trump won in 2016.
Gingrich says the midterms are shaping up to be a “definitive election” where voters will have two choices. They can elect Democrats if they want “bigger bureaucracy” and less take-home pay, or they can vote Republican and diminish the centralized power of Washington and pocket more of their hard earned income.
“If Republicans can learn to tell the truth better than the elite media and Democrats lie, the GOP will win an astonishing victory in 2018,” Gingrich concluded.